Great Job, Internet!: Death and trauma abound in these horrifying children’s cartoons

Because of its intrinsic appeal to children, animation is rivaled only by clowns in its ability to scar young viewers for life. The Canadian YouTube series MindChop has created a testament to that long-buried trauma in the form of a nightmarish little video called “5 Most Terrifying Children’s Cartoons From Around The World.”

With their whimsical titles, offerings like The Moomins and Dot And The Kangaroo might not sound all that scary at first. But make no mistake: These shows are not for the weak. Take The Animals Of Farthing Wood, a 1992-95 series produced in England and France. Based on the books of Colin Dann, the show follows a group of “cute little critters” seeking out a nature preserve after humans destroy their forest home. It all sounds perfectly adorable—until the field mice are impaled on thorns and a pheasant is shot, killed, and eaten. Sorry, kids …

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