Disney's a pro at tugging our heart strings. They give us appealing and resonating characters to enjoy and suffer, as we observe their devastating deaths, travails, heartbreaks, disappointments and break downs. Most of these scenes protest and squash the belief that animation can't provoke emotions. Which is obviously incorrect. So, here's my list of the 12 Saddest Non Death Disney Moments. I decided to not include demises as a majority of the picks would include them.
12. Someone's Waiting For You in The Rescuers
In this Oscar nominated song from The Rescuers an orphan named Penny is sulking after just being told no one would want to adopt a homely girl like her. The melody is somber, and despite her seemingly cheering up towards the end it leaves our hearts feeling heavy. Plus, who could only guess what she's thinking. Especially after being kidnapped and forced to live on a house boat with an abusive woman and pet alligators (actually, that last part doesn't sound half bad).
11. Lewis and His Mom in Meet the Robinsons
A boy genius named Lewis is met by his future son Wilbur and a time machine he invented. Wilbur asked him to fix a scanner. Lewis agreed as long as he could take him back to the night when his mother left him on the front steps of an orphanage, so he could convince her to not give him up and have a happy family. Wilbur lied and promised to uphold his part of the bargain. Through a series of twists and turns he decided to follow through, even though it meant he'd most likely not exist.
Lewis went up to her, but at the last minute he changed his mind. Wilbur questioned why and Lewis remarked, "I already have a family."
10. Alice Falls Apart in Alice in Wonderland
When Alice trips into a rabbit hole her primary objective is to return home. However, this proves easier said than done as she's in a unfamiliar, and topsy turvy realm. Despite trying to guide her way through with logic and sensibility she reaches a point where she can't tolerate the madness anymore and sobs. Poor Alice.
9. Ariel's Defeated (?) in The Little Mermaid
After a fun and romantic date with Prince Eric it seemed that Ariel and him were destined to belong together. That is till Ursula grew intimidated and decided to personally intervene. With Ariel's voice she swoon Eric into a trance and posed as his new fiance Vanessa. They are set to marry that day leaving Ariel in the dust. She watched as their wedding boat left and feeling conquered succumbed to her emotions and wept.
8. Quasimodo's Shamed in The Hunchback of Notre Dame
At the Feast of Fools Quasimodo is crowned the King of Fools. He's admired and praised by the crowd, but a couple of guards caused a riot and they suddenly turned on him. They tied him down and proceeded to throw produce at him while he begged for his master Frollo to help him, but the latter desisted. What makes this so tragic is Quasimodo was excited to interact with civilization for the first time, and this instance deterred him from making a further attempt until Esmeralda strolled by.
7. Dog Pound in Lady & The Tramp
When Lady's taken to the dog pound we're presented a delightfully, depressing image of grief stricken dogs locked in dirty cells. We're also made aware that some of these dogs will be exterminated.
6. Mourning Snow White in ...Snow White
After Snow White fell into a deep sleep the dwarves thought she died and they held a wakening and funeral for her. They all gathered beside her bed and teared up. Hell, even Grumpy got sappy. Soft organ music played in the background and it sets the sentiments in this scene perfectly.
5. Cinderella's Dress is Ruined in Cinderella
Cinderella's given an opportunity to attend the Prince's ball and with the assistance of some mice she's ready to go and wearing an attractive, touched up dress that previously belonged to her dead mother. However, her stepmother noticed some fragments of the dress included a couple of Anastasia and Druisilla's abandoned accessories. This incited them into a jealous rage where they tore her outfit and left her a mess. Her stepmother FINALLY told them to cool it and had them go off to the carriage before wishing Cinderella goodnight. What a bitch!
4. Jim's Father Leaves in Treasure Planet
In Treasure Planet, a young Jim Hawkins decided to change his life around and worked in the galley on the RSL Legacy, a spaceship. During the song, 'I'm Still Here' we learned that Jim's father was always working and never payed him much attention. Then one day, Jim woke up and ran downstairs to find his mother sobbing and his father walking away with a travel bag over his shoulder. Jim tried to catch up with him, but he departed before the youngster can say anything, and that was the last time he ever saw him.
3. Aloha 'Oe in Lilo & Stitch
Nani's left with no choice, but to hand Lilo over to child services. The night before she left they're hanging out on a hammock with a few candles light. Nani tried to explain the situation to Lilo, but struggles. She ended up singing a touching, \ Hawaiian lullaby instead. No one's talking, there's no music, just gorgeous Hawaiian scenery and atmosphere to soak up the scene.
2. Widow Tweed "Frees" Todd in The Fox & the Hound
After an alertcation Tweed is forced to let Todd go into the wild. She'd raised Todd since he was a pup and judging by the look on her face this was a painful and reluctant choice on her part. While driving she mentally recapped their time spent together and 'Goodbye May Seem Forever' played in the background. When she finally dropped him off Todd's confused and stared at the vehicle while she drove off. Oh god...:(
1. Baby Mine in Dumbo
Mrs. Jumbo is caged and chained after a circus attendant teased her son Dumbo and she smacked his bottom. Timothy the Mouse takes him to her and they have a heartfelt reunion. If that wasn't sad enough, 'Baby Mine' (a touching, beautiful song) plays and we see all sorts of animal moms and their young sleeping together. The song empathizes the heavy emotions felt in this scene. Plus, we can relate this to our own relationships with our mothers.