Given the family nature of many of Disney’s films, death plays a surprisingly important part. Classics like Bambi and more recent entries to the canon like Finding Nemo can serve as an early introduction to mortality for the studio’s young audiences, and more often than not, Disney films treat death with the seriousness it deserves.
Sometimes, though, they give you a villain that you really want to see meet a sticky end. Disney have come up with some memorable ways to dispatch their characters, from poetic justice to a hoist on one’s own petard, from hard fought battles to the plain gruesome. The House of Mouse have boasted some of animation’s best ever villains, so it’s only right they come up with cool ways to kill them off.
It can be surprising at times that their more savage deaths have been carried out without parental protest, as they don’t shy away from having their creations meet truly horrible ends. It’s a testament to how well designed their villains are: when you act that bad, you get what’s coming to you.