Disney Movies Obsession With Death Dying And Killing – 1989-1999
From the previous page, here is the Disney Renaissance period (1989-1999).
And yes, if you haven’t seen any of these films and are still looking forward to seeing them, take this as a SPOILER ALERT.
The Little Mermaid (1989)
Just as Ursula attempts to destroy Ariel who is trapped in the maelstrom, Eric kills Ursula by running her through the abdomen with the ship’s splintered bowsprit. Ursula’s power breaks, causing Triton and all the other polyps in Ursula’s garden to revert into their original forms.
Beauty and the Beast (1991)
Realising that Belle has feelings for the Beast, Gaston warns the townspeople that the Beast is a man-eating monster that must be killed, and leads them to the castle.
Aladdin obtains the lamp but Abu’s attempt to steal a gem backfires and causes the cave to collapse. The carpet flies them back to the entrance and Aladdin delivers the lamp to Jafar, who then tries to kill him.
The Lion King (1994)
This movie instantly came to mind first when I thought about killing, death and dying being a main theme within Disney movies. From the outset, this movie’s main themes are all about death and from the death of the king, to the starvation of many of the animals during Scar’s reign up until his own timely death.
At the graveyard, the cubs are attacked by three spotted hyenas, before Mufasa, having been alerted to the scene by Zazu, rescues them and willingly forgives Simba for his actions. Later that night, the hyenas, who are allied with Scar, plot with him to kill Mufasa and Simba, who are both unaware of their intentions.
Mufasa rescues Simba, but as Mufasa tries to climb up the gorge’s walls, Scar throws him back into the stampede, killing him. After Simba finds Mufasa’s body in the gorge, Scar tricks him into thinking that Mufasa’s death is his fault and advises him to run away forever. As Simba leaves, Scar orders the hyenas to kill Simba, but the cub escapes. Scar then announces to the pride that both Mufasa and Simba were killed in the stampede and steps forward as the new king, allowing a swarm of hyenas to live in the Pride Lands.
And then at the end of the film…
Scar meekly walks past him, but then attacks his nephew. After a fierce battle, Simba throws his uncle off Pride Rock. Scar survives the fall, but is attacked and killed by the hyenas, who overheard his attempt to betray them.
Chief Powhatan gives Pocahontas her deceased mother’s necklace as a present.
John Smith and Pocahontas kiss, and Kocoum and Thomas witness from afar. In a jealous rage, Kocoum attacks and tries to kill Smith but is himself shot by Thomas. Pocahontas watches in horror as Kocoum falls dead, reaching for Pocahontas one last time but instead breaking her mother’s necklace.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)
A gypsy woman in the group attempts to flee with her deformed baby, but Frollo pursues and kills her outside Notre Dame. He tries to kill the baby as well, saying that it is an “unholy demon” from Hell, but is confronted by the cathedral’s archdeacon, who accuses Frollo of murdering an innocent woman. To atone for his sin, Frollo agrees to raise the deformed child in Notre Dame as his son, naming him Quasimodo.
Hercules (1997) Hades unleashes the Titans who climb Olympus and capture the gods, while a Cyclops goes to Thebes to kill Hercules. Phil inspires Hercules to fight and kill the cyclops, but Meg is crushed by a falling pillar saving Hercules from it, allowing him to regain his strength.
As Shang prevents Shan Yu from assassinating the Emperor, Mulan lures the Hun onto the roof where she engages him in single combat. Meanwhile, acting on Mulan’s instructions, Mushu fires a bundle of fireworks rockets at Shan Yu on her signal and kills him. Mulan is praised by the Emperor and the people of China, who all bow to her as an unprecedented honour.
In the 19th century, an English couple and their infant son escape a burning ship, ending up on land near uncharted rainforests off the coast of Africa. The couple craft themselves a tree-house from their ship’s wreckage, but are subsequently killed by Sabor, a rogue leopardess. Kala, a female gorilla who recently lost her own child to Sabor, hears the cries of the orphaned human infant and finds him in the ruined tree-house. Though she is attacked by Sabor, Kala and the baby manage to escape
When the explorers’ boat returns to retrieve them, Clayton makes Tarzan believe that Jane will stay with him forever if he reveals the gorillas. Tarzan agrees and leads the party to the nesting grounds, while Terk and Tantor lure Kerchak away to avoid having him attack the humans. Porter and Jane are excited to mingle with the gorillas, but Kerchak returns and threatens to kill them.
Although Tarzan spares his life, Clayton is finally killed when he falls with a vine around his neck, hanging him. Kerchak, in his dying breath, finally accepts Tarzan as his own and names him as leader of the gorilla pack.