WARNING: This post may reduce you to tears
Often pegged as happy, bright and rosy, almost all of our childhoods were spent watching animated films. Packed with lessons, morals, catchy songs and relatable characters, animated films are a great way of teaching kids life skills without them even realizing they've learned them. But along with the happier aspects of life, animated films have never been ones to shy away from the darker aspects, and I'm sure you can all pick out at least one or two films that emotionally devastated you as a child.
Take a stroll through memory lane and look at these 12 scenes from our favorite animated films that will almost certainly reduce you to tears:
1. Littlefoot and Mama Longneck in The Land Before Time
After defending her son and his friend against the ferocious Sharptooth, Littlefoot's mom succumbed to her injuries and died shortly after she was able to give her son her final words of advice. The heart-wrenching last few moments of Mama Longneck's last few moments were enough to punch any kid right in the emotions.
2. Simba and Mufasa in The Lion King
King Mufasa's death in The Lion King is my first memory of dealing with death as a child, the anger at Scar and the sadness felt for Simba is something that I've never forgotten.
3. Seymour in Futurama
The episode 'Jurassic Bark' in Futurama was Emmy nominated back in 2002 and watching it, it's not hard to see why. After finding his old dog, Seymour, fossilized in a museum, Fry eventually makes the decision not to clone his old dog, deciding that Seymour would have forgotten about him. However, the final scenes of the episode reveal a different story, when they flash through the rest of Seymour's life showing that the loyal pooch waited out his remaining 12 years always hoping his owner would come back for him.
4. Dumbo and Mrs. Jumbo in Dumbo
The scene in Dumbo when Mrs. Jumbo is locked up away from her baby will get you every time, but it's the tender trunk moments that are the true kicker, especially when she rocks her baby through the bars of her jail during the song "Baby Mine."
5. Ellie and Carl in Up
I may not have been a child when I watched Up for the first time, but that doesn't mean I didn't cry like a baby during the opening scenes. Pixar absolutely emotionally ruined viewers when, after building up the beautiful love story between Ellie and Carl, they killed Ellie off and left Carl a lonely man (thank god for Russell and Dug!).
6. Iron Giant in The Iron Giant
I go. You Stay. No following
7. Bambi and Bambi's mom in Bambi
The moment Bambi's joy turns to agony when he discovers his mom's death is an iconic scene in cinema. In fact, Sir Paul McCartney has credited the scene with sparking his initial interest in animal rights - and I'm sure he wasn't the only one.
8. Jessie in Toy Story 2
While Jessie may have seemed totally selfish when she was mad at Woody for wanting to return to Andy, as soon as we learned her backstory it was clear Jessie had her own motives for wanting to keep Woody around. Abandoned by Emily, her original owner, Jessie simply wanted a life where she wasn't confined to a box. Luckily in the end she found that as the newest addition to Andy's toy box.
9. Andy, Bonnie and Woody in Toy Story 3
When I went to see Toy Story 3 at the cinema with three friends in the middle of the day, the last thing I expected was the devastation of the final scene. 15 years worth of emotional attachment to Buzz, Woody and the gang all came to a head when watching Andy pass on his toys to their new owner, Bonnie.
10. Setsuko in Grave of the Fireflies
This entire movie is just seriously devastating, if you watch it I would prepare a box of cute kittens to play with afterwards. I can't even.
11. Lilo in Lilo & Stitch
Ohana means family, family means you will be torn up with all the sad things Lilo says and does throughout this film. Remember how Lilo feed Pudge a peanut butter sandwich every Thursday because she believed he controlled the weather? Well, that seems kind of quirky and cute, until you learn Lilo and Nani's parents died in a car crash while it was raining, and by feeding Pudge and keeping him happy, Lilo is trying to make sure something like that never happens again. Aw.
12. Tod and Widow Tweed in The Fox and The Hound
Too much, way too much.