I used to be able to watch movies with really sad scenes. In fact, most movies made for kids have really sad, heart-wrenching scenes so you’d really have to go out of your way not to watch a movie with a horrifically sad scene. I’ve come to find that I can no longer watch these movies I loved as a kid because the sad parts are just too sad.
As an adult, I can’t enjoy the fun and happy parts of these shows/movies because I just keep thinking of the terrible things to come. I know that these scenes will be over and our protagonists will recover and probably go on to have a happy moment that will seem even more full of joy because of how low they were, but I just can’t deal with it.
But now that this list is compiled, I see the problem. It’s animals. I can’t handle a sad animal. Human tragedy and drama? No problem! Bring on death and destruction for humankind and I’m right on board. I’ll love to cry over that funeral in Four Weddings and a Funeral or bawl when what’s-her-face bites it in Moulin Rouge. Just leave the animals out of it, please. And maybe also kids. Because I really can’t deal with My Girl.
Anyway, if you also love animals, prepared to be bummed out!
1. Land Before Time
When Little Foot’s mom dies, I die. This poor little dinosaur has to get along without any family. Luckily he meets a scrappy group of other orphaned dinosaur babies and they make their way to the Great Valley together. I rented this movie almost every week until I finally recorded it off the TV and had it on a VHS tape. But now I don’t think I can ever watch this movie again, because of that one scene.
2. Homeward Bound
When Shadow gets stuck in the mud and Chance can’t save him and Shadow tells him and Sassy to on without him. I don’t know how I handled this as a child. As a big fat animal lover, especially as a kid, I shouldn’t have been able to make it through this scene. But this was another VHS that I wore out from constant watching. Now? No way, Joe. I cannot watch this again. How did I do it? I am baffled.
3. Most Disney movies, but I’m gonna go with The Lion King
Obviously we all know what I’m talking about – Mufasa kicking the bucket. What is it with these animal movies killing off parental units? So uncool. I mention Lion King specifically other than Dumbo, Bambi or The Fox and the Hound because I watched it somewhat recently in the theatres when it was re-released in 3D, mainly for the music. I didn’t leave for Mufasa’s death, but I wish I had. I really wish I had.
4. Neverending Story
The quicksand scene when Artax dies in the aptly named Swamp of Sadness. I actually had blocked this from memory until I started researching this article. I clearly can not deal with best friend horse death by sand.
5. The Futurama episode with Fry’s dog
There’s an episode of Futurama where Fry tries to clone a dog he had a dog back in 1999 and basically I’m going to skip over the whole episode to get to the sad bit, which is that it doesn’t really work and Fry comes to grips with the fact that Seymour is gone forever by figuring the dog was fine after he disappeared in 1999. But then it shows Seymour just waiting and waiting for Fry until he eventually dies of old age. He waits for him forever. So sad! Only watch this episode if you want to weep like a willow.