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Top 10 Dumbest Decisions in Kids' Movies

VO: Rebecca Brayton WRITTEN BY: Nicholas Miller
These may be kids’ movies, but we still can’t believe they did that! For this list, we’re looking at ideas, arrangements and/or decisions that weren’t very smart or well thought out. We won’t be including any animated Disney characters, as both Disney heroes and villains already have their own lists of terrible decisions. Our list includes Signing a Deal with Rumpelstiltskin, Leaving a Human for a Bee, Kidnapping Baby Bink, Hiring Dominic Badguy, Eating the Apple and more! Join MsMojo as we count down our picks for the Top 10 Dumbest Decisions in Children’s Movies.
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Top 10 Dumbest Decisions in Children’s Movies


These may be kids’ movies, but we still can’t believe they did that! Welcome to MsMojo, and today, we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 Dumbest Decisions in Children’s Movies.

For this list, we’re looking at ideas, arrangements and/or decisions that weren’t very smart or well thought out. We won’t be including any animated Disney characters, as both Disney heroes and villains already have their own lists of terrible decisions.

#10: Letting the Cat into the House
“The Cat in the Hat” (2003)


If you’re at all concerned about keeping your house clean and free of debris and destruction, it might not be the greatest idea in the world to let the giant talking cat with the devilish grin into your house, no matter how bored you might be. Unfortunately, that was a lesson that Conrad and Sally’s mother never got around to teaching them, leading to disastrous results. Though the kids eventually convince Mike Myers’ Cat in the Hat to clean up the mess, the whole thing could’ve been avoided if they had just decided to read a book or maybe play a board game together.

#9: Kidnapping Baby Bink
“Baby’s Day Out” (1994)


You can’t get much dumber than the three criminals in “Baby’s Day Out.” For whatever reason, these three buffoons thought they could get away with kidnapping and ransoming back the baby of a rich Chicago family, despite that scheme not having worked for a long time. Not only is their plan terrible, but the trio couldn’t be more incompetent, letting the baby get away almost right away. The criminals spend the entire remainder of the movie trying to get the baby again before he’s found and returned home while the criminals are arrested. Maybe try not to be so ambitious next time, fellas.

#8: Hiring Dominic Badguy
“Muppets Most Wanted” (2014)


You’d think when they heard the name “Dominic Badguy,” the Muppets would have known better. Yes, we get that’s the joke. Nonetheless, hiring Ricky Gervais’ Dominic Badguy as a manager for the gang as they tour Europe was an unmistakably bad decision. An evil Kermit look-alike named Constantine switches places with the Muppet with the help of Dominic, resulting in Kermit being sent to a Russian Gulag. The entire plot of “Muppets Most Wanted” would have been avoided if only the Muppets didn’t hire the manager with the last name “Badguy.” Talk about your plot hanging on by a thread.

#7: Lying About Why the Humans Are in the Rainforest
“FernGully: The Last Rainforest” (1992)


In “FernGully,” a young fairy named Crysta accidentally shrinks an encroaching lumberjack named Zak down to her size. The two begin to fall in love, but the problem is: Zak never didn’t really get around to tell Crysta that the lumberjacks are there to cut down the forest. In addition to chopping down the forest, the humans set loose an evil spirit named Hexxus, intent on destroying the fairies and the forest. If Zak had saw fit to let everyone know a little earlier, the fairies could’ve tried to stop Hexxus and saved the forest. Instead, the conflict resulted in the pollution of the forest and death of the fairy Magi. Way to go, Zak.

#6: Splitting Up the Group
“The Land Before Time” (1988)


Unless you’re a member of the Scooby Gang, splitting up is never a good idea. Actually, it’s not even a good idea for the Scooby Gang, but we digress. In a too-obvious attempt at teaching kids that the easy way isn’t always the right way, the film has Cera decide to go a different way when she doesn’t trust Littlefoot to lead the group any longer, and this causes a fight between the two young dinosaurs. The rest of the group sides with Cera, and Littlefoot is left to go his own way. When the other dinosaurs get into trouble, Littlefoot returns to save them, proving that his way was the right one all along.

#5: Eating the Apple
“Oz the Great and Powerful” (2013)


We’ve heard enough stories to know that when someone offers you an apple, you may want to double-check that they don’t mean you any harm before taking a bite into it. Unfortunately, Mila Kunis’ Theodora didn’t think about this, and when her sister offered her a cursed apple under the pretense that it would cure her sorrows and make her heart “impenetrable,” she barely hesitated before digging in. This apple would quickly turn her into the Wicked Witch of the West, cementing her future as a notorious villain. Really, though, what did she think was going to happen?

#4: Attacking the Giant
“The Iron Giant” (1999)


Did they really expect this to work out in their favor? When General Rogard orders the military to fire on the Giant and Hogarth near the end of Brad Bird’s “The Iron Giant,” the boy is injured, and the Giant turns into a death-dealing instrument of destruction. The enraged robot attacks the military, vaporizing cars and blowing up tanks as it marches forward against their retreat. If this Giant was really as dangerous as the military thought it was, why did they try to attack it in the first place? Boneheaded move. The military then decides to launch a nuclear attack on the town, which the Giant sacrifices himself to save.

#3: Leaving a Human for a Bee
“Bee Movie” (2007)


This one really defies all logic, even the cartoon kind. Vanessa, played by Renée Zellweger, falls in love with a literal bee named Barry, played by Jerry Seinfeld. Vanessa is dating a human man named Ken, whom she leaves when she catches him attempting to swat and kill Barry. You know… because he’s a bee, and his girlfriend is slowly falling in love with him. After dumping Ken, it’s not long before Vanessa and Barry are quite clearly together, though thankfully we never see them “together” together. It’s really no surprise that this entire movie has become a popular meme.

#2: Signing a Deal with Rumpelstiltskin
“Shrek Forever After” (2010)


In “Shrek Forever After,” the reclusive ogre finds himself making a deal with Rumpelstiltskin to allow himself to be a “real ogre” again for a day. Shrek signs this deal knowing that in return he has to erase one day in his past from existence. The little con artist tells Shrek he can take a day from when he was just a baby, and Shrek tells him to pick any one. The evil Rumpelstiltskin, of course, picks the day Shrek was born, causing him to disappear once his day as an ogre is over. With Rumpel having taken over control of the kingdom, Shrek forced himself into another tricky situation that could’ve easily been avoided.

Before we reveal our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions.

Retrieving the Pearl
“My Little Pony: The Movie” (2017)

Breaking a Promise to the Lorax
“The Lorax” (2012)

#1: Not Heeding Hiccup's Warning
“How to Train Your Dragon” (2010)


After the pleading and begging of Hiccup with his fellow Vikings to make peace with the dragons instead of attacking them, the decision of the Vikings to move forward with their attack on the dragon nest inevitably goes poorly. When the Vikings awaken the great evil dragon known as Red Death, most of them probably realized they’d made a mistake by ignoring Hiccup. Thankfully, Hiccup and Toothless were able to take care of the situation, or it would have been the end of the entire village! That isn’t to say that Hiccup is without any blame, as he makes a similar mistake by pushing Toothless away in the second movie!
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