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We go hard on A Goofy Movie around here. Tevin Campbell as Powerline is the real King of Pop 'round these parts. The perfect cast is standard choreography

I needed to tell you all that so you understood it is not an attack on the movie when I say Max sucked.


He did, and as kids we all totally got it and rooted for him. We were wrong. We were jerks. Who does that!?! Any of that!?!

The lies were ridiculous, never would have been sustainable even without Goofy playing the "lame dad" role, and the fact that it worked out is evidence of what a dope father Goofy is.

Glad it did, though, because the concert was EPIC.

One Reddit user asked:

What's the worst thing a "good guy" ever did in a children's movie or show?

Wrecking school property, deceiving everyone, sabotaging a trip, being a terrible person to your only parent, traumatizing innocent people just out looking to have some rodent-themed fun, and destroying a vehicle ... ... ... honestly are pretty standard behavior for "good guys."

Peter Pan

Tink in Peter Pan is an absolute monster. She tried to get the Lost Boys to murder Wendy. The whole film is full of abhorrent morality.

- Enochuout

To be fair, this is an older fairy story; and while still in the modern age was far back enough that they hadnt fully sanitized the stories into cutesy BS. There is still danger and risk and sinister things lurking in the edges of the world and the hearts of some characters.

Tink is a fairy, she is fey and so is her morality.

- Considered_Dissent

Kids In Cages

Lab Rats. The dad/inventor kept the kids in CAGES and it wasn't until he married and got a stepson that they got rescued. Then everyone was all, "oh well, good times!"

- WeaverOfCloth

yeah, and don't forget that the main characters constantly physically harass their nonsuperpowered foster brother, even after he gets superpowers, otherwise, pretty good show.

- bigbrainedidiot777

Walled Up Alive

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The Fat Controller in Thomas the Tank Engine bricking up Henry the green train.

- jennyrob669

All Henry wanted was a coat of waterproof paint or a break from work till the rain stopped.

Nope, brick up the tunnel and take up the tracks. '

F*ck you engine, you work for me!

- FatNino

Came here for this! Lol. The look on his (it's?) poor face. Gets me every time.

Nooooo don't brick me in for eternity, I only wanted to keep my paint shiny!!!

- hidefromthe_sun

Brain Damage Makes You Perfect

Here's my entry to help get conversation going:

In the 2005 Disney movie Chicken Little, the school bully, Foxy Loxy, gets teleported by aliens and suffers brain damage resulting in a massive personality change.

When the aliens move to return her to normal, Runt Of The Litter stops them, saying she was now "perfect". It's then implied the two become romantically involved.

- HooDooSquad

It was less of a "massive personality change" and more "massive brain damage".

- Satyrane

Yeah. That was super creepy. He was basically attracted to her because she got an accidental lobotomy. That's some pretty predatory behavior if you ask me

- anoncoolguy69

Wizard Woes

In Wizards of Waverly Place the whole concept of the Family Wizard Competition is super f*cked up and immoral.

Basically when all the children of a family come of age they compete to see who's the best wizard, and the ones who lose are stripped of their powers. Imagine if we have our kids take a vision test and blinded the ones who fail.

Anyways there was a recurring character who was friends with the main cast who was later revealed to be leading a revolution to overthrow this system. The entire main cast labels her as evil, puts a stop to her plan, and then literally murders her at the end.

More specifically what happened was that they froze her solid to hold her in place while they transferred her powers. Then the village idiot came and knocked her over by accident, shattering her into pieces. They then proceeded to make jokes about her corpse.

- StandUpGaming

Gentrifying Lazytown

Sportacus and Stephanie treating Robbie Rotten badly all because he didn't want to be active.

Let him live in Lazytown in peace!

- Chuckbookworm

Those two came to a place literally called Lazytown and tried to force everyone to be more active and stuff. If anything, Robbie Rotten should've been the hero for trying to maintain how the town should be

- Truly_Meaningless

Sportacus and Stephanie wanted to establish a 'work will set you free' regime in Lazytown.

- Prof_Black

Threat To Society

In the 4th season of Winx Club, the main characters get a new power up, the Believix, and it is a mess. They each get a new power to use at their own discretion. Here is a quick description of what these powers let them do:

  • Strength of Life (Bloom): It lets her make people believe in magic and help them overcome their weaknesses. She decides what qualifies as a weakness. She overrides a person's free will to make them believe in magic, which just so happens to make the girls stronger, and rewrite their personality if she doesn't like it.
  • Dawn of Light (Stella): It lets her make people more cooperative and accepting. Basically, she overrides another person's free will so they do what she says.
  • Breath of the World (Flora): It lets her make people show more appreciation for nature. Nice on paper, but it basically makes people ignore potentially more important tasks, or forego certain technologies, in favor of nature.
  • Bright Heart (Musa): This is actually the most normal, because aside from the usual of making people believe in magic, its only other effect is to convince people that they can change.
  • Gem of Mind (Tecna): To quote the official description of this ability: "She can use it to make people think correctly..." I think that's enough info. She decides how people should think, and magically imposes that way of thinking onto them.
  • Spirit of Courage (Aisha): This is also very basic, the same as the first one with the added bonus of making people braver, but one use in particular rubbed me the wrong way. In one scene, she made a girl walk through a wall of fire to escape a burning building. The girl with water magic, just made a girl walk through fire. The girl with water magic whose best friend is on the way to becoming an insufferable Mary Sue, and whose fire magic can extinguish any flame with a snap of her fingers. There was literally no need to endanger that girl like that. They had two people on scene who could have not only saved the building, but also all six of them could have repaired it with magic.

Overall, those girls are a threat to society. They're emotionally unstable, have 0 coping mechanisms for when they get sad, and are basically demigods. It starts in S1. Bloom impersonates a foreign dignitary to sneak into an elite school. And Stella just brings random people to the magic dimension.

Also, at one point she used magic to disguise herself as a street cleaner, don't remember the context, but she then turned Bloom into a broom.

Musa once saw her boyfriend with another woman, and she just ran away crying like a kid. She has sound-based powers, she could have easily listened to what they were saying.

In general, by the end of S3, I found it easiest to just think of the show as a parody of the magical girl genre, and it instantly became much more enjoyable.

- Kartoffelkamm

Mrs. Doubtfire

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As a kid, you side with Robin Williams. Rewatching it as an adult, the guy was seriously dysfunctional and his wife was absolutely right to divorce him.

- ChemicalGeekery

He was pretty dysfunctional and didn't provide a great environment for the children until he pretended to be somebody else. He was only a good parent when he pretended to be somebody else.

It's also super super creepy that he disguised himself to get back into his ex-wife's house.

- Rows_

It makes me want to rip my hair out that as soon as she divorces him he's immediately able to fix all the things that she was begging for in the first place. Funny how he could manage to clean up the house and discipline his own kids once in a while when he wasn't going to get to have any fun anymore, but it's still too late to help his wife.

I know it's partly supposed to be about him learning to be a better person but "overworked woman divorces deadbeat husband and has to pay domestic worker to get help with all the basic things he should have been doing in the first place" isn't that heartwarming to me.

- howsthatwork

Totally.

He keeps getting fired from acting work leaving the mom to support the family, then mocks her for 'choosing her career', makes a huge mess for her to clean up as well, he doesn't take their life seriously and then goes to extreme lengths to remain in the ex- family home

- TruthGumball

Santa Sucks

I apologize if this has already been covered, but Santa Claus is a total a$$hole in Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer...

I can understand the young Reindeer making fun of Rudolph's red nose. Kids are mean and will easily make fun of someone for being different.

But then Santa walks in... He could have set everyone straight right there. Explained how its our differences that make everyone special and all of that.

No.

He readily agrees with everyone that Rudolph is a lost cause and even tells Donner he should be ashamed of his Son's red nose.

Da f*ck!?

- ScotchyT

Until he needs him, then all of a sudden he's part of the group and useful and liked. That's some "fit in or go f*cking die" mess if I ever saw it.

- therealtidbits

Dipper's Worst Nightmare

Mable Pines from Gravity Falls constantly obsessing over failed relationships, typically at Dipper's expense.

Like the time she got Dipper fired from his lifeguarding job

Or the time she ruined Dipper's chance of getting closer to Wendy

Or the time she almost got Dipper killed by Gideon

Or the time she trusted a man who committed identity theft over her brother and almost ended the universe...

- JoeJoey2004

Mabel from Gravity falls!

She forces her brother to give up everything for her every time he comes close to achieving his goals. She only wants boys and is aggressive towards anyone who gets in the way of that, often including Dipper.

She never learns her lesson and gets away with treating him like a piece of sh*t the whole time.

- RedditMZ0901

A Hot Wonka Take

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Hand over the reins of a multinational candy manufacturing corporation to a little boy who has no experience in the world of business leadership.

Who cares about a few spoiled rich kids getting what's coming to them?

The real tragedy is the entire race of Oompa Loompas losing their jobs and being forced into abject poverty in a country foreign to them due to the incompetence of a child.

- theecrawlingchaos

Scrappy

It's pretty weird how cruel the Mystery Inc are to Scrappy Doo in the 2002 live-action Scooby-Doo movie.

They literally chuck him out of the van and abandon him in the middle of nowhere! And all because he peed in the van.

I mean, bear in mind too that Scrappy is a puppy, so he's bound to have accidents as he's at the very least only just starting to be toilet trained.

That's animal cruelty right there. If that happened in real life, the RSPCA or PETA would come for you before Scrappy had even had chance to starve.

- DalekBuster523

Childhood Trauma

There is no fathomable excuse for Albus Dumbledore to leave Harry Potter in that abusive household for his entire childhood.

There are many, MANY things that man said and did that makes his 'hero' title very disputable, but that one will always be noteworthy to me.

- mack9dizzy

Bad Baymax

Big Hero 6.

Hiro removing Tadashi's programming from Baymax and sending him to destroy Callahan. He violated Baymax's directives and sent him on a rampage where he nearly killed his teammates.

Scene sends chills down my spine every time.

- Autobubbs


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It’s weird how much stuff we let slide when we’re kids. Even if you look at the TV shows we watched back then, we had such a high threshold for the bizarre (early 2000’s Nickelodeon, anyone?). So it’s no surprise that some of us straight-up didn’t react when we saw weird crap in person.

Here are a few wild examples of seemingly harmless things we saw as kids that would be horrifying to see now. Brace yourself, this one gets crazy.



Kids and water aren’t a great mix sometimes. It can get real gross, real quick.

Not worth the tranquility.

I've always loved the tranquil feeling of being under water. When I was a kid I would just hold my breath and float around. Sometimes adults would think I was drowning and run up and scoop me out. I don't remember this (it was when I was pretty young) but my parents have told me about it

I used to think it was a funny story... people thinking I was drowning when I was just trying to relax

....until I watched a video explaining child drownings and yeah, the way I acted in water looked exactly like a drowned kid.

I don't think it's funny anymore.

Turboshot49cents

Uhhhhhh.....ew?

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Flood water. It was fun and games for the kids, and we even splashed around in it, much to the horror of our parents (who immediately scrubbed us down). We didn't understand then, but now, oh wow...sewer, insects, rats, parasites, etc.

MrFantasticallyNerdy

That’s actually hilarious.

My friend and I were walking along the road in about thigh high flood waters. A small boat with two men comes up to us. We were about 9 years old and I think they were National Guard. Anyway, one of the men asks if we remembered exactly where the manholes in the road were. We answered no. He told us that all of the covers had most likely been washed away in the flood but not to worry because it would probably only take them a few days to find our bodies if we were sucked down one of the holes by currents they produced. He spoke in a matter of fact tone and then left.

As an adult, I have zero doubt those two men had a good laugh as they looked back and watched us nope out of that water like two roadrunners in a cartoon.

Edit: It was Fish and Game Wardens. The NG didn't come until later.

Daykri3

Not to mention the crazy injuries that kids somehow are constantly surrounded by.

Had a jogger get hit by a car outside my house once when I was about eight or nine. My nephew came running inside yelling at my parents and my sister to call the ambulance because he was bleeding pretty badly.

I could even see him from our playrooms window and I wondered what he was doing lying on the grass. Turns out he was bleeding out pretty badly, deliriously yelling at my parents when they tried to help.

Eventually, an ambulance came and picked him up, but my parents always told me he made it out okay. The day after, in the spot he was found someone had put a lily in the grass in a vase.

It took me longer than I care to admit to figure out he died from the hit and run.

SixthUnderminer

How sharp were they, though?

A kid f*cking sharpened his fingers with an automatic pencil sharpener at grade 2. Everyone didn't know what was going on until the teacher started freaking out.

NubbishWood

I just remembered I tried to stick my finger into electric pencil sharpeners as a kid and disliked how my fingers were too big to fit in it. What the hell was I thinking?

BSPlanes

Rock climbing can definitely be dangerous.

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We did climbing in PE (sixth to eight grade). Like rock climbing and we had to do our own harness and stuff. PE teacher (supposedly) checked it after we were done to make sure it was done right. One day my neighbor broke an arm and leg because she wasn't properly strapped and fell.

This was at an international American school in Egypt around year 2000, for all those wondering what type of school does rock climbing.

Ashleywalz90

Kids are, in fact, made of elastic.

We used to jump of our roof. First time hurt a little, but after a few times you learnt how to land.

Did it regularly and would try various items as 'parachutes' to see if it slows you down any.

I look at that height now and wonder how the hell we never broke anything - kids bones are more elastic I guess.

Reapr

​It’s amazing what adults can get away with right under kids’ noses.

A casual hit-and-run.

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My babysitter was running late to take me to piano lessons and rear ended an old man at a stoplight. She told me that he must not have noticed because he didn't get out of his car. I thought nothing of it, and she drove away and took me to my piano lesson.

I forgot about it, and it didn't click until I remembered the incident years later that I had been unknowingly involved in a hit and run.

Idontknowwhattoput22

Big yikes.

Not so much something I saw - but when I was 5 or 6 I was at a family wedding, and there was this really friendly adult guy (who I didn't know) who told me he was really worried about his nice new car in the parking lot and how he wanted to check on the car but didn't want to leave the wedding.

He asked if I could go check on it and he would pay me $5 just to go see if his car was "okay" being that age $5 was a crazy amount of money so I couldn't believe my luck.

On the way to the parking lot, my mom intercepted me and was absolutely horrified, I remember not understanding why, like trying to tell her no she had it wrong he was nice and paying me! And as an adult now I'm like that's so messed up and I wonder how close a call that could have been.

DeclanAF

Go grandma!

Until the age of 12 my grandma had custody of me. I used to sleep with her and she slept with a baseball bat next to her bed. It wasn't until I was much older that I realized she did it dads friends wouldn't be able to do anything to me.

Dad was a drug addict and drunk and when he was out of prison he had all kinds of people in and out of the house. You would never know what would be missing the next day - often my Nintendo :(

She did everything she could to protect me from God knows who/what and I had zero clue!

Edit: Damn this blew up while I was sleeping!! Thank you so much to everyone for the support :)

Im adding extra details to help understand the situation.

My grandmother was born in 1914, had a third grade education and was a housewife her entire life. She was already 71 when I was born! My grandpa died when I was 4 and it was just her and I. We lived in a tiny 2 bedroom house in a terrible neighborhood. It was paid off and that's all she could afford. She lived off of the social security death benefits from my grandpa and food banks. She couldn't just "leave" and go anywhere else.

Also, for those suggesting she should have called the cops - cops don't do anything if you say "I'm scared these guys will do something bad" cops have to wait till something bad happens.

She did her very best and raised my right! Now my father is back in prison (shocker) and is pissed at me for not letting the past be in the past and welcoming him with open arms. Meanwhile I'm a 2x college graduate with a great job, my own house and recently married! She definitely did something right. Unfortunately she died when I was 12. Id give anything to be able to tell her how grateful I am to her for doing everything right.

LostLadyA


We see some scary stuff as kids. No wonder most of us are so messed up years later. Often these things don’t even register as something terrible- a lot of times, the things we witnessed were just a part of life.

The best we can do is to take our trauma, and learn from it, so we don’t pass it down to our own children. Because kids don’t deserve it- they deserve to have happy childhoods and not think about the horrors of the world.