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Warning: There are spoilers for recently released movies included in this list. Proceed with caution.

Earlier this week we brought you a pretty comprehensive list of the most emotionally devastating deaths in children's movies. However after your wiped away your tears, many of you felt that we had omitted some of the truly agonizing moments of cinema.

So without further ado take a look at nine MORE kid's films that feature some of the most heartbreaking death scenes ever seen on screen, as chosen by Moviepilot commenters:

1. Bambi's mom in Bambi

The quintessential traumatic movie death. As kids we cried and wondered why anyone would want to kill a poor mother deer. Though we never actually saw Bambi's mom meet her end, we all knew what had happened and none of us ever quite got over it.

2. Old Yeller in Old Yeller

Old Yeller is a film that a few generations have grown up with now, but the sad euthanasia of faithful and heroic dog, Old Yeller, at the end of the film has not become any easier to bear with time.

In the film, Old Yeller is a faithful dog which saves the lives of Travis, Arliss and the whole family from an array of dangerous wild animals. In the end, Old Yeller sadly contracts rabies, defending his home from a rabid wolf. Though he is put in isolation, he is too much of a danger to the family and poor Travis is forced to shoot the dog, and in doing so takes steps toward manhood.

3. Trevor in Pay It Forward

Pay It Foward was the movie that started a movement of people spreading good will on to others. In the film, 11-year-old Trevor has the idea and lives by his philosophy right to the end.

In the horrible scene where Trevor dies, he was intervening and paying it forward when he saw his friend, Adam, being bullied. Sadly one of the bullies had a switchblade and stabbed him in the abdomen. Although Trevor died from his injuries, his "pay it forward" concept lives on just as he had hoped.

4. Tadashi in Big Hero 6

This 2014 release shows that Disney has not lost the ability to reduce us all to tears, even in a superhero movie!

Tadashi Hamada is the big brother of the main character in Big Hero 6, Hiro. Tadashi is the one who allows Hiro to see his potential, and introduces him to the people who will help form the superhero team Big Hero 6 at his university. Sadly, after inspiring Hiro and getting him to apply to the university, a fire breaks out. Tasashi rushes into the fire to save his teacher, Professor Callaghan, but sadly before the two can escape the building explodes, killing them both.

5. Charlie B. Barkin in All Dogs Go to Heaven

Although the main character, Charlie B. Barkin, dies in the opening scenes of this film, his death was soon reversed due to magical watch and he returns to earth to get his revenge on an old acquaintance.

Despite Charlie initially being a bit of a scoundrel, his life is soon changed by the incredibly cute Anne-Marie, who has the ability to talk to animals. After realizing he loves Anne-Marie he makes the choice to save her over his magic watch, sealing his fate to die again. Though this scene is very sad, the real tearjerker comes when an Angel in heaven grants him the ability to say goodbye to Anne-Marie one last time.

What makes this scene even more heart-wrenching is that just before All Dogs Go to Heaven was released, Judith Barsi, the 10-year-old who voiced Anne-Marie, was tragically murdered, along with her mother, by her own father.

6. E.T. in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

This sweet movie about a boy befriending an extra-terrestrial takes an incredibly dark turn toward the end of the movie, when Elliot and E.T. are forcibly taken and quarantined by the government.

In the most moving scene of the film, the link between sick boy and sick alien sudden changes and Elliot begins to recover as E.T. gets sicker and sicker until he dies. The resulting scene when Elliot is overcome with grief is almost impossible to watch without shedding a tear, but luckily our broken hearts are soon healed when E.T. miraculously reanimates. With both Elliot and E.T. now in good health the two race off to meet up with E.T.'s people so he can finally go home.

7. The Iron Giant in The Iron Giant

The Warner Brothers film The Iron Giant is one of the most underrated animated films of all time. The story of a young boy named Hogarth, who befriends a giant metal robot is pretty awesome, not to mention the Iron Giant is voiced by Vin Diesel, and Hogarth's mother is voiced by Jennifer Aniston!

In the climax of the film the US Army mistakenly detonates a nuclear bomb which will soon destroy the entire city that Hogarth lives in. Once the Giant learns what will happen to the city of Rockwell and his friend Hogarth, he makes the ultimate sacrifice and tells Hogarth, "Hogarth you stay, I go. No following," as he flies off into the sky and remembers the words his friend had told him: "You are who you choose to be." The giant smiles and decides he is Superman before colliding with the bomb, saving the city.

At the very end of the film, we see various parts of the Giant scattered around the world, indicating that hopefully, one day the Giant will reform.

8. Stoic in How to Train Your Dragon 2

This was another 2014 release that toyed with our emotions. While we celebrated the return to Berk and the return of Hiccup and Toothless, our happiness soon turned to sorrow.

In the film Hiccup discovers his long lost mother Valka is still alive and rescuing dragons and bringing them to a dragon nest. Soon, however, there is a battle between two colossal dragons Alpha dragons named a Bewilderbeast. After the challenging Bewilderbeast wins, it seizes control over all the adult dragons in the nest, including Toothless. Toothless is ordered to kill Hiccup, and runs toward him, ready to murder. Hiccup tries frantically to stop Toothless, but the dragon launches a blast directly at him. However, Stoick, Hiccups father and chieftain of the village, dives in front of Hiccup, pushing his son to safety and sacrificing himself instead.

9. Dumbo's mom in Dumbo

Dumbo is our honorable mention entry in this article, although the big-eared baby elephants mother doesn't die, Dumbo's innocence does when his mom is locked away from him.

After seeing her son being bullied by a group of boys at the circus, Mrs Jumbo loses her temper trying to defend her baby. In response the circus owners lock her in an isolation carriage, leaving Dumbo all alone. The true teary eyed moment comes when baby Dumbo tries to visit his mom, but finds that the only part of her he can touch is her trunk. Mrs Jumbo rocks her baby in her trunk to the song "Baby Mine."

Luckily the film redeems itself right at the end when Dumbo is a star thanks to his ability to fly thanks to his giant ears. Dumbo is rewarded with a private car to share with his mother and the two are reunited.

Which death hit you the hardest? Tell me in the comments below!


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