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Even when you choose a completely family-friendly pick for movie night, it's easy to get caught off-guard when films that are meant for kids have scary scenes that seem to come out of nowhere -- or just happen to push the wrong buttons for certain kids. Check out these family faves with surpisingly scary scenes from Common Sense Media. (Warning: spoiler alert!)
The Wizard of Oz: Most people find the Wicked Witch's flying monkeys extremely creepy, and the scene in which Miss Gulch turns into the witch in the tornado often frightens kids (as do the times she appears and disappears in a plume of red smoke).
Toy Story 3: The junkyard/incinerator scene is a truly harrowing sequence in which the toys seem headed for certain destruction. (And even the first movie had some pretty scary toys in Sid's room!)
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory: In a movie that's pretty trippy overall, the infamously psychedelic boat-ride-through-the-tunnel scene stands out as a "yikes" moment.
Bambi: Like the monkeys in The Wizard of Oz, the scene in which Bambi's mother is killed remains one of the most well-known examples of potentially upsetting scenes for kids.
Dumbo: When Dumbo and his mother are separated after her outburst, many kids can't help crying right along with them.
Beauty and the Beast: From the angry mob storming Beast's castle to the rooftop battle in the rain, there's plenty here to keep kids on edge.
The Great Mouse Detective: When the father mouse gets kidnapped by a bat, your kid may run for cover.
E.T.: Plenty of kids who love the little alien are still afraid that he might be living with their stuffed animals in the closet...
Curious George: George getting caged up and sent to the jungle might be too distressing for the youngest viewers.