When it comes to watching movies at our house, we have a rule: nothing scary. We are dealing with seven-year-olds who were too scared for years to watch "My Little Pony, Friendship is Magic, Royal Pony Wedding." Gotta respect those changlings.
For the time being, we won't be watching:
The Beatrix Potter videos a friend gave us. We've made it through about half of each one. Peter Rabbit--he's likely to be baked in a rabbit pie. Squirrel Nutkin? Old Brown wants to eat him. Jemima Puddleduck? Mr. Tod wants to provide a place for her to nest, and then eat her offspring and her. Detect a theme?
Bambi: What is it with Disney? Everyone's mother dies or disappears. In this one, it's Bambi's mother, gut-shot by some hunters too wimpy to bag a 5-pointer. Off-screen, those hunters ate Bambi's mom, I'm sure.
Sleeping Beauty: Another bit of terror from Disney. I remember seeing this as a child and being scared of roses and thorns until, well, recently. Sleeping Beauty doesn't die but all of her contemporaries do while she sleeps. Someone or something probably eats them.
Dumbo: Oh, goody. Dumbo's mother is locked away as a Mad Elephant for sticking up for her son and challenging those ridiculing him for his big ears. Thanks, Disney. The message: bullies can take down your mom. And, I'm sure, eat her.
Witches: My husband and I saw Angelica Huston take on the role of Head Witch in an adaption of Roald Dahl's scary book. A little boy, six or seven, who accompanied his parents into the theater screamed through the entire movie. As in, screamed the house down scream. Why? The witches in this movie eat children.