There is something magical about Disney that kids and adults alike love. I’ve been a lover of Disney movies ever since I was a kid. I’d pick a Disney move over a Lifetime movie any day. Disney movies are great family entertainment, but they are also great at getting your emotions going. Disney is always known for providing a feel good story that makes us all happy in the end. However, getting to the happy ending isn’t always a happy one. Disney has been known to make us cry from time to time, but what are the top five saddest moments in Disney history?
1. The Lion King
Still to this day I cry over The Lion King. The death of Mufasa was one of the most devastating moments of my childhood. And I still I cry over Simba trying to wake up his father. All he wants is his father to wake up and to go home and for everything to be okay. Mufasa was everything to Simba, and to see him have to watch his father die and get blamed for it is very gut wrenching. I couldn’t imagine having to live with something like that as a child.
2. Toy Story 3
Nothing screamed ‘CHILDHOOD OVER’ than watching Toy Story 3. Growing up, Toy Story was one of my favorite movies, and I still love it today. When I heard Toy Story 3 was coming out, I was over the moon excited, and I was even more excited the first time I got to watch it. I was not expecting the tear fest near the end of the movie. I would have been devastated if the gang of toys got burned and destroyed. Watching them grow closer and closer to the fire made me feel like my childhood was really over. Plus, some of the most iconic characters in Disney history were about to die. It was enough to make anybody cry.
I was very excited to see Brave. Finally a princess who was a bit of a tomboy and less of a damsel in distress. I was under the assumption that the movie was going to be on a girl trying to find who she wants to be and to change how her mother sees her. I underestimated the power of Disney and it’s ability to make me emotional. One of the reasons why I love Merida and her story so much is my ability to relate to it. I cannot think of any female (maybe even a few guys) who does not relate to Merida’s story. Seeing her upset over not having her mom come back brought me to a sobbing fit. I couldn’t imagine not having my mom around. I know that we’ve always had our ups and downs, but I wouldn’t want my mom to go anywhere. I love her too much to do that.
Bambi was another movie that was a devastation to my childhood. Disney has a charm to get you attached to the cute animals only to decide to rip your heart out. Bambi’s story is scary realistic. Despite just being a movie, it does have ties close to home. There are deer hunters out there and every year fawn lose their mothers to them. It’s especially devastating to young children who happen to love animals. Every time somebody sees a deer, it’s hard not to think about Bambi. It also makes you think about what if it was your mom. For a child’s movie, Bambi certainly has one of the more violent moments in Disney history.
Nothing beats a Disney movie that right off the bat gives you the saddest of emotions. It starts off as a cute montage of Carl and Ellie’s life. You quickly fall in love with the couple. The saddest moments is having to watch Ellie have to suffer through a miscarriage and then watch as she passes. Within the first five minutes of the movie, Up!, the audience is already crying. Up! is a great movie but the montage of Carl and Ellie makes you wish that you were able to have more of Ellie. The beginning of the movie is like ripping off a band-aid. It’s quick but very painful.
These are the top five saddest Disney moments in my opinion. There are plenty of other sad moments. It seems like almost every Disney movie has one, but it’s one of the reason why we love Disney.