People go on and on about how wholesome and innocent the past was, yet they rarely mention the never-ending parades of brutal death porn that were old-timey cartoons. It turns out that destroying innocence was not invented by the Internet after all ...
5Pluto's Judgement Day (1935): Pluto Goes to Hell for Serial Murder
In the wacky animated romp, Pluto's Judgement Day, Pluto the dog goes to hell. That's right: Pluto, Mickey's loyal pet and one of the few Disney characters who never talks or bothers anyone and just does dumb dog things, somehow earns himself eternal damnation.
Apparently God feels as strongly about pooper-scooping as our homeowners association.
So what sparked all this? Did Pluto snap and finally maul Huey, Dewey, and Louie into a downy pulp? Nope, Pluto is just shown chasing a cat, which is like half the reasons dogs exist. Well, that's enough to piss off Mickey, who warns Pluto that he's going to have to answer for his crimes on judgment day, which is really taking that pet-shaming meme to a whole new level.
Abandon all hope, all ye who dig through the garbage.
After Pluto falls asleep in front of the fireplace, a ghost cat coaxes him into cute animal Hades -- "yes, honey, your rabbit might burn in the lake of fire for chewing on the lamp" -- where Pluto is chained to a post and brought in front of a demonic cat jury. For the next five minutes, he is accused of various murders by the Cat-Devil. Oh, okay! We take it all back. Our goofy, non-Goofy dog pal does indeed have blood on his snout. The fact that Pluto had chased a cat under a steamroller and starved three kittens to death (Jesus Christ!) is plenty to warrant a guilty verdict, and the dog is sentenced to being burned alive.
After the kittens, we're gonna call this "tough, but fair."
Now, before the episode ends, Pluto wakes up, and we find out he's still safe in the living room. It was just his guilty conscience messing with him! The guilty conscience that he has after committing all those murders.
4Chicken Little (1943): Hitler Kills Everybody
You remember the story of Chicken Little: a silly farm chick feels an acorn drop on his head and convinces everyone that the sky is falling, leading to mass panic. It's a classic tale about not giving into paranoia, or as Walt Disney saw it: fantastic source material for a wartime propaganda film.
Don't judge him; irony wasn't invented until 1964.
As with all versions of the story, the antagonist in Disney's Chicken Little (1943) is Foxy Loxy. Only here, he's not a bumbling kiddy villain. Instead, he's a cunning madman who plans to eat the entire farm with the help of his trusted psychology book ... which the studio originally wanted to be Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf.
Is it too late to just let Foxy Loxy into art school?
They changed the book's title to the generic Psychology, but they didn't change the content. One of its passages says, "To influence the masses, aim first at the least intelligent," which is a watered-down version of Hitler's "All propaganda ... must be adjusted to the most limited intelligence." Another passage, "If you tell them a lie, don't tell a little one -- tell a big one," is actually a direct reference to the "big lie" propaganda technique coined by Hitler in Mein Kampf. Yes, thanks to the real-life tactics of the Third Reich, this anthropomorphic children's cartoon baddy is able to instigate panic among the residents of an adorable animated farm.
Apparently labeling the cave "Eastern European Appeasement" was too heavy-handed.
Luckily, the allies come along in the form of, let's say, a bunch of stubble-bearded sheepdogs and bomb Loxy's plan to hell and back. Oh, wait. No, the animals are all herded into a cave and Loxy puts on a bib and eats every motherfucking last one of them. He even lines up their bones together in a tragically cute wittle gwaveyard.
*Play for full effect.*
Damn, Walt. That is one big, flailing, screaming, logical leap to get from "don't believe everything you read" to "genocide against all the cute animals."