I have a problem too with some "children's" movies. My son gets really scared watching alot of videos. We don't let him watch alot of TV, mostly PBS and videos. My mother gave me some Disney videos, Aladin, the little mermaid, all of those videos have some really scary parts for toddlers. My son burst into tears during one (which of course we won't watch again).
I just feel like - what were they thinking?
One of the most interesting things I learned in Home Ec in middle school (we all were required a trimester a year for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade) was during the childcare unit in 8th grade. We went through a bunch of children's books and talked about what ages they were best for. It had never occurred to me before that it wasn't as simple as "if it has pictures it's good for kids who can't read chapter books." I think this is *especially* true for movies. It sounds like a lot of the kids books people are taking offense to (beyond for the simply shoddy workmanship of TV character books and the whole Boynton chaos) may be because people are looking at books for older children and deciding that yes, they are inappropriate for toddlers.