Someone dies in pretty much every Disney cartoon, but they do a good job of keeping it clean and bloodless. Most of the time the camera cuts away before the villain hits the bottom of that pitch black crevasse, and we're left to merely imagine Gaston's lifeless body impaled on a rocky spike somewhere. But once in a while, a gruesome death slips through the screening process...


5. Beauty and the Beast's enchanted wardrobe crushes a man


Of all the sentient furniture in Beauty and the Beast, none is so sassy and irreverent as the wardrobe, aptly named Wardrobe. Though she's probably the most physically intimidating of the living furniture, Wardrobe never abuses her size to indimiate Belle into marrying Beast. She remains a model of transmogriphied human decency, until humans storm the castle...

Holy shit! Let's slow that down and watch it again: 

That guy had no chance. All he could do was stare up at the mass of animated wood hurtling towards him. Wardrobe doesn't even get so much as a splinter off of one of her feet, but the tile floor is decimated. If solid stone can't hold up to a two-story drop from Wardrobe, farmer Jeb McHoe never had a prayer. His ribcage was crushed and his spine instantly snapped; it's a wonder we don't see any liquefied organs spewing out of his mouth. I know what you're gonna say. "It's just a cartoon! He's fine." But look at him when the scene cuts back.  


Dude hasn't moved. It's like rigor mortis has already set in. Wardrobe is staring down at his crumpled form, aghast at the reality of what she's done. Say what you want about Gaston falling off a cliff -- at least his family will be able to identify the body.  


4. Clayton is hanged in Tarzan


Say what you want about the Tarzan movie and/or Phil Collins, but the villain is a pretty great creep. The classic evil poacher archetype, Clayton chews scenery like Tim Curry in a bubble gum factory. His enthusiasm for slaughter carries throughout the movie to the climactic battle. Even when Tarzan wraps him in vines in order to slow him down, Clayton will do anything to set himself free, up to and including slicing the only thing keeping him alive

Clayton goes out like so many Disney big-bads, hoisted on the petard of his own butt-chinned hubris. But rather than going to the same ambigious death as Gaston (and Frollo, and Ratigan, and the bad guy from Ninja Turtles III), the vines around Clayton's neck tighten as he drops. At first you think Disney is satisfied with showing us the tightened noose and leaving the particulars of the impromptu lynching to our nightmares, but the truth is illuminated by a lightning strike. 


That's our Clayton, now a slack and motionless corpse. Judging from the shadow, the vines snapped Clayton's neck, killing him instantly. But hey, it's a cartoon, right? Maybe he's only paralyzed from the neck down, and he has to live out his final seconds in helpless agony as he struggles in vain for breath while his brain slowly dies. It's a pretty happy ending compared to the horrors of Toy Story...