Top 10 Saddest Cartoon Moments

The Top Ten
1 Bambi's Mom's Death - Bambi

Still sad after all these years.

2 Mufasa's Death - The Lion King

I cried the first time I saw this. Poor Simba lost his dad..

This is way sadder then bambi's mom's death.

3 Brave Soldier Boy - Avatar The Last Airbender

No matter how you look at this, this is by far the saddest cartoon moment. While he was still an active general for the Fire Nation, he attempted to conquer the Earth Kingdom capitol Ba sing se along with his only son. He managed to break through the outer wall after roughly 600 days, but as he was trying to get through the inner wall, his son was killed in the front lines of battle. He withdrew from the siege and spent a long time grieving for his son. Here we are several years later with the easy going, comical, retired general Iroh in Ba sing se. His son's birthday comes up and he spends the day in the very city he tried conquering, wishing his son a Happy Birthday through his tears as he sings "Leaves From The Vine (Brave Soldier Boy)". Think about it, he must blame him self wholly for the loss of his son, as it was his own decision to attempt a siege on Ba sing se. I mean sure, the death of Mufasa and Bambi's mom was sad, but here we have a character with a lot of time to immerse and attach oneself to. Mufasa and Bambi's mom only show in part of their respective movies, Iroh gets a whole season and several episodes to get to know, create an understanding of, and form a connection with. Throughout the first season and into the second, we see that Iroh is a wise, happy, easy-going, and we'll respected person. When first seeing this episode, no one had ever seen Iroh in such a state filled with sorrow and grievance. Immediately, those watching feel a strong sense of sympathy and sadness for Iroh, the ever suppressed sorrow feeling so real to viewers at home for his lost son. For me and my brother, just hearing the first few seconds of the song without any words brings the memory and grief back to the front of our minds, still just as sad as when we first watched it. A memory not easily forgotten by all.

4 Jurassic Bark - Futurama

I don't think I've ever cried more about anything. After watching this and hearing Fry's speech about his dog, I cried for three hours straight. When I thought I'd cried everything out, I went downstairs to tell my mum about it, and ended up slumped in front of the fireplace, sobbing. I literally cried my eyes out - I had to have drops in them that night.

When I first started watching Futurama, I never imagined that it would be the type of show that would give me the FEELS. This episode and "Luck of the Fryrish" proved me wrong.
There's a reason this is my favorite show of all time.

5 Little Foot's Mother Dies - The Land Before Time

This was sadder than any other cartoon death. Killed on screen, with her son watching in horror, helpless. No jump to a happy future (Bambi) or surrogate parents to sing everything's fine (lion king). Very real take on depression and loss.

"Let your heart guide you."

Teacher: And that, my students, is how Niagra falls was created

Kid: So someone cried really hard?

Teacher: Yep.

6 Snow White's Funeral Scene - Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Seeing Grumpy trying not to grieve but finally breaks down and sobs uncontrollably was the pinnacle moment of the film.

7 Baby Birds Funeral Scene - Song of the Birds

There were two versions of Song of the Birds the original version and the Famous Studios remake starring Little Audrey. The Original was better with the hauntingly beautiful funeral song sung by the birds in grieving during the funeral scene.

8 Terra's Sacrifice - Teen Titans
9 Homer Says Goodbye to his Mother in "Mother Simpson" - The Simpsons

This is second only to Jurassic Bark when it comes to "saddest cartoon ending".

Pretty sad he just stood waving in the Credits so sad.

10 Baby Kimba Discovers that his Mother perished in the Typhoon - Kimba the White Lion
The Contenders
11 Chuckie Finster Learning About His Mom's Passing When He Was a Baby - Rugrats
12 Cinderella Crying to Her Fairy Godmother After Being Savagely Attacked by Her Evil Stepmother and Stepsisters - Cinderella

Cinderella's crazy stepsisters throw away an old sash and a necklace and then go bonkers when they see Cinderella wearing them in a XXX-rated attack scene? Preposterous!

13 Ellie Dies - Up

Actually, Carl wasn't always grumpy. He was friendly and fun-loving when Ellie was still alive, as shown at the beginning of the movie.
The reason he became grumpy is because not only did he lose the person who loved him the most, but also because he thought he didn't fulfill her dream of going to Paradise Falls!
Of course, he found peace after reading Ellie's Adventure Book!

I would rather Carl died than Ellie. Ellie is way better than grumpy old carl

14 Kenny Dies for Real - South Park

Honest, this episode takes the sweeter aspects of the boys (minus Cartman, duh) and makes it heart wrenching. The fact that Kenny's last words were "Where's Stan? " Ice off the cake.

The episode "You're getting old" is 10x sadder. Especially for me because Stan is my favorite character.

Near the end of season 5 Kenny gets killed off for good then brought back at the end of season 6.

15 D.W.'s Pet Spanky Dies - Arthur
16 Dot's "Death" in Wakko's Wish - Animaniacs

The way Yakko was reacting during this scene was what really got me. He's the type of character where nothing ever seems to faze him, but he just breaks down crying here after he believes that Dot just died.

Sure it did turn out that she was faking it but that scene was really just sad.

17 Darwin's Love Song - The Amazing World of Gumball
18 Rose Wishes for the Destruction of the Hunt's Clan - American Dragon Jake Long

She sacrifices her own life to save Jake and his family and then he Sacrifices his own happiness to insure that she has a life without the Hunts Clan with own parents.

They could have at least had more seasons where they eventually ended up getting married and having kids! Cutest couple ever!

19 Brian's Death - Family Guy
20 SpongeBob and Patrick Dry Out and Die in Shell City - The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie
21 Gary Come Home - Spongebob Squarepants

Honestly, I did not find this song sad at all. I actually thought it was boring, weird, and corny. The faces spongebob made were not sad at all but rather ugly and a little creepy. The part where spongebob and Patrick die in Shell City was way more sad and actually made me cry. I also feel that part was forgotten because of other spongebob moments that weren't even sad like this stupid song.

22 Rose's Scabbard - Steven Universe
23 Pops's Death - Regular Show
24 "Little Brothers" - Phineas and Ferb
25 Tom and Jerry Commit Suicide - Tom and Jerry

It was sad, not one moment, the entire episode of "Blue Cat Blues". Tom fails to get a dame's love, he drinks, later sitting on the train tracks, waiting for a train. Jerry watches his girlfriend drive off with another mouse. He joins Tom.. the episode ends with... a train horn.. due to this, it was barely aired. Ever.

This really happened in the episode "Blue Cat Blues", which was the final episode of the original T&J. That episode made me cry...

Probably one of the saddest cartoon moments that should be in top 5 just because both main characters are COMMITTING SUICIDE which is one of the hardest and most painful mental conclusions to come to.

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