What scary movie scenes were too much for your kids?

Many parents were surprised by some violent scenes in Cars 2.
Many parents were surprised by some violent scenes in Cars 2.AP / Today

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By Gael Fashingbauer Cooper

"Winnie the Pooh" came out this weekend, and while it didn't bury the box office, parental reviews are positive. Even little kids had nothing to fear from the silly old bear, parents are reporting. No nightmare fuel here.

Many parents were surprised by some violent scenes in Cars 2.AP / Today

"Cars 2" isn't quite getting the same universal response. While some parents of "Cars"-crazy kids love that the Pixar vehicles returned for a worldwide trip, others complain that there was unexpected violence in what they thought of as a kids' movie.

This is nothing new. Kids' movies have always had evil queens, parents who die, and threatening characters. Just say "Bambi's mother" to someone who saw that film at an impressionable age and see how they react.

The "Toy Story" series is pretty much universally beloved, but there's one infamous scene involving the toys on a moving conveyor belt on their way to what seems like fiery oblivion. It's touching and heartbreaking as they hold hands on the way, and there's a happy ending just when all seems lost, but man, up until that happens, it's pretty terrifying.

So we're asking you: Parents and caregivers with small children. What movies just got too scary/violent/creepy for your little ones, and what was the scene that did it? Did you take your child out of the movie, or turn it off if you were watching at home?

Click the link and tell us about your experience, and be as specific as possible. We'll collect the best responses for a roundup.

Which movie scene was too violent for your kids?

Gael Fashingbauer Cooper is TODAY.com’s movies editor and is the co-author of "Whatever Happened to Pudding Pops?" available in stores and online.


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