The Barracuda Attack in Finding Nemo (2003)
We’ll give a pass to any parent who skips the intense opening of Finding Nemo, in which Nemo’s mother, Coral, and all of Nemo’s soon-to-be-hatched brothers and sisters, are devoured by a barracuda. Yow.
This awful event sets the stage for the rest of the movie, in which Nemo’s dad, Marlin, tries to overcome his many (understandable) oceanic fears. The opening of Finding Nemo continues a time-honored, dubious tradition of kicking off Disney and/or Pixar movies with a mother’s death.