My first lesson in heartbreak was a tough one. Sure, it had nothing to do with my personal life, but that didn't make it any less difficult to come to terms with. What made it hurt the most was that it came from my most trusted source of all things entertainment, Disney.
I'm sure you can guess what I'm talking about...
Seeing as how I don't remember watching The Lion King for the first time, I can only gauge my reaction by how I react today. If as an adult this scene causes me to sit on the floor in a puddle of my tears, then I can't even image how upset I must have been as a toddler.
Luckily for us, a video was recently posted of a little girl named Viktoria as she watched the gut-wrenching scene for the very first time. Her dad, Barles Charkley, uploaded the following video to Facebook of his daughter watching Mufasa's death. Prepare yourself for some awwwww-ing and check out his adorable video below:
Her dad, knowing that a flood of tears is essentially imminent, asks her if she wants a hug and to sit with her dad. And after that scene, of course she needs a freakin' hug! Heck, I need a hug!
Trying to hold back the tears, the casual eye wipe, pretending to be okay followed by collapsing into the couch in despair...I know the feeling, Viktoria!
Sadly, the only thing I can tell her is that growing up doesn't make Mufasa's death any easier. Also, I don't look as cute as I used to when crying. To this day, hearing that music makes my eyes start to well up!
On the plus side, you do start to to understand that Mufasa's death ends up driving the entire plot of one of the best, and most influential, movies in Disney history. But is it a fair trade when you make the smiling faces of entertained children turn to this?
It's been over 20 years since this movie was released, and it still hits you right where it hurts. Even though we're generations apart, Viktoria's reaction to Mufasa's death is all of us.