Gumdrop Lane 5 Scenes So Depressing I Can't Even Watch the Rest of the Movie/TV Show Laura Kadner

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.

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  1. Agree with all these, but the worst for me are in The Bear, the scene where the cub’s mom dies. Also the scene in Dumbo where the caged mom cradles him with her trunk through the bars… Have to say thoug, the horse scene in Neverending story makes me cry to this day.

  2. I cannot watch Homeward Bound to this day! As a kid, if it was coming on TV, I would run out of the room screaming, “Change the channel!” So moving. Same thing with the movie, Milo and Otis. Most recently, I bawled like a baby during We Bought A Zoo. Gonna heave to swear off animal movies for awhile…I never learn.

  3. totally agree about that episode of Futurama–I’m into DVRing old episodes of Futurama and watching them later when there’s nothing else on and whenever that one comes on I skip it because I can not watch it at all.

  4. the saddest part about the futurama episode is the fact that it’s based on a true story! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hachik%C5%8D

  5. Um hello, Marley and Me! I will never even try to watch that movie again. I have two labs and will probably start to cry as I am writing this, that is how much that movie traumatized me!

  6. I still can’t watch that episode of Futurama without crying. The fact that they scored it with Connie Francis singing “I Will Wait for You” really makes sure that they tear every last bit of your heart out.

  7. Oh god. I cry during Homeward Bound every. single. time.

  8. THIS. LIST. Literally every single scene you mentioned is on my list. Especially Fry and his dog!! OMG that DESTROYED me!

  9. The ending of Toy Story 3 had me in tears, being that I’ve GROWN UP watching Toy Story! I’d also have to say that the last 15 minutes of Sherlock’s “The Reichenbach Fall” is pretty emotionally effective, as well.

  10. I am the same way! I cannot handle animals being sad/hurt/killed! The episode of Futurama with Fry’s dog is so upsetting! Me and my fiance cry whenever we see it. I get teary just thinking about it!

  11. Oh my goodness the Rugrats Movie! Every. Time.

    • Oh man I thought I was the only one that cried at that movie! I saw it once at the theater and that was it for me!! I think I’m the only one though that didn’t cry at UP

  12. The ending of Toy Story 3 makes me bawl every time…it’s not necessarily a sad ending, just bittersweet, but it gets me. EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.

  13. Futurama made me cry for days. Of course it also came on shortly after my dog had died of old age after spending 11 years with her.

  14. Jessie’s song in “Toy Story 2.” Never even saw TS3 as a result.

  15. The Futurama episode ruined “I’m walking on sunshine” – totally the absolute saddest song ever now.

  16. Totally agree with the futurama episode!!

  17. I can’t watch Jack Frost (the one where the dad dies and comes back as a snow man, not the other one) because, even though I was perfectly fine watching it when I was younger, now all I do is bawl because their family looks so happy and I know what’s to come…:(

  18. I especially agree with 1 and 5 uuuuuurghhhh D’:

  19. That scene in Homeward Bound gets me all the time. I remember when my dad took me to see it in the theater when I was a kid, and the whole front of my shirt was soaked because I was crying so damn hard.

    • Homeward Bound!!! I cry from when Shadow is left through when that poor little boy sees Sassy and Chance come back and wonders where Shadow is…and then when Shadow comes back!! What happiness!!!

  20. I always cry at the end of The Snowman – just the expression on the boy’s face when he find out he’s melted D: And the Red Shoes too, that always makes me cry. But I will admit, it took everything I had to keep it together watching *that* Futurama episode, and I only saw it by chance!