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Animated Films From the 1970s and â€˜80s That Scarred My Mind Forever
When youâ€™re 7 years old, you tend to think that animated films are going to be just like the fun cartoons you watch on Saturday mornings. In the 1970s and â€˜80s, there were some animated films marketed towards children that shouldnâ€™t have been.
Being a sensitive child, I had visceral reactions to these movies. It didn't help that they all started out so nice and promising and then later hit me over the head with emotions I'd never felt before. These films were my introduction to the feelings of shame, disgust, and even horror. I think everyone probably has one of these lists of films from their childhood that scarred them for life. Here's mine.
"The White Seal" (1975)
This Chuck Jones animated classic made me ashamed to be human. The film starts out so cute and warm, but there's soon a sense of dread when the young seal, Kotick, asks his mother how he will know a man if he sees one and her answer is "they will be dressed in the skins of dead seals."
I didn't know anything about the hunting of seals and was mouth agape in horror when they showed Kotick's friends being clubbed to death by hunters. I lost some of my innocence that day. It doesn't help that the film is narrated by Roddy McDowall, whose melancholy voice can evoke emotion even in the iciest of souls.
"Watership Down" (1978)
A warren of rabbits must escape their home that is being bulldozed and developed by man. On their journey to find a new home, they come across many dangers including another warren of rabbits who are akin to the Nazi regime. My mind is forever imprinted with the militant warren's evil General Woundwort's mouth dripping in blood and saliva. At the time, it reminded me of mayonnaise and ketchup. This is probably why to this day I refuse to mix the two, even though I hear it's tasty with French fries.
"The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe" (1979)
The White Witch offers Turkish Delight to Edmund to get him to betray his siblings. Any treat that made you forsake your own family in order to taste its delicious sweetness scared the heck out of me. Even when I had the chance to try Turkish Delight in my 20s, I was reluctant to do so.
I was also horrified that anyone would want to harm a perfectly sweet fawn, not that I'd ever met a fawn or knew what a fawn was, but Mr. Tumnus just didn't deserve to be frozen. Equally sickening is when all the White Witch's monsters shave off Aslan's beautiful mane. My innocent little mind couldn't comprehend that such cruelness existed.
"The Last Unicorn" (1982)
"The Last Unicorn" is so sad that I still can't listen to one of the film's songs, "In the Sea," by the band America without crying. Along with some of the saddest music ever, this animated classic has an old king who steals souls, a fiery red bull, and a comically-twisted talking skeleton.
"The Secret of NIMH" (1982)
A mother mouse is desperate to move her home. Her youngest is sick and their house is in danger of getting destroyed by the farmer's tractor. She must go to a secret society of rats who hold the key to her family's survival. Creepy parts include Nicodemus' gnarled hands and the entire premise of genetically engineered rats who are smarter than humans.