Top 10 Saddest Animated Movie Moments

The Top Ten
1 Setsuko's death - Grave of the Fireflies

"Grave of the Fireflies" may be one of greatest films ever made, and it certainly is one of the most depressing. This movie was so powerful I was made depressed and truly emotionally impacted for two weeks after watching this. Studio Ghibli truly reached its height with this film. Do be warned: This film is absolutely devastating, and it may be too much for some viewers. But for those who can handle this movie, I strongly encourage those to watch this masterpiece of a film.
"Why do fireflies have to die so soon?" 😭

I'm afraid this might go below the list as not many people saw the movie, but mufasa's death is NOTHING infront of this. This masterpiece, as realistic as it is, makes you wonder if there exists any humanity, And of course, doesn't answer that question. This is by far the saddest movie evvveeer.

Grave Of The Fireflies is one of those animated movies that everyone should see at least once, and only once. It points out the difference between 'great' and 'rewatchable'. It's a beautiful movie, but it will send you into depression forever.

Saddest movie in both animation with the saddest death in cinema history arguably!

2 "Married Life" - Up

Ellie had a dream to see that waterfall and have kids, but then she suffers a miscarriage and that was pretty dark and sad. And the waterfall? She was saving up all that precious money but had to use it on other things and wouldn't even get mad about it. In the end, she doesn't see the waterfall because, you guessed it, she DIES. Sad...

Sure inside out, toy story 3, the lion king, and maybe frozen/big hero 6 had some really touching moments but nothing and I mean nothing compares to how heart felt more than the first 11 minutes of Up so it should be number 1 guys.

There were like 4 amazingly emotional scenes in this movie. But " Married Life" is what the movie is known for.

3 Bing Bong fading away - Inside Out

"Take Riley to the moon for me."
It just reminded me of all beautiful, inspiring things that you create for yourself disappearing

Bing bong fading away was the only scene I cried for in years.

"Take her to the moon for me..."

This part was so sad.

4 Sully says goodbye to Boo - Monsters, Inc.
5 The incinerator scene - Toy Story 3

It honestly shocked me when I saw it, the toys are just trapped, Lots abandoned them, and there's no way out, it's nearly impossible to get out, they know they're going to die, and seem to accept their fate.
They get saved at the last second, but still!

The Incinerator scene.
Probably the most shocking 1 minute of the animation industry ever.

6 Little Foot’s Mother Dies - The Land Before Time

And to add insult to injury, at one point in the film. Little Foot thinks his shadow is his mom. The heck is wrong with you Don Blewth

7 Beware the Wheelers - Return the Oz
8 Hector fading away - Coco
9 "When She Loved Me" - Toy Story 2

"When She loved me" was so touching and true! We just can't stop blaming ourselves after that.

10 Stoick gets shot by Toothless - How to Train Your Dragon 2
The Contenders
11 Andy giving away his toys - Toy Story 3

Andy giving away his toys, and when woody waves him, and watch him go... Amazing.

I cried so hard when Andy said that Woody had been his pal for a long time.

I cried no cap

12 Mufasa's death - The Lion King

I feel very strongly about this topic. Mufasa's death is the most heartbreaking, tragic, depressing scene in movie history. It deserves the #1 spot.

This must be the saddest thing ever. Watching Simba cry and trying to wake his dad up...

Still it is sad.

13 The girl loses happiness and sadness - Inside Out

First of all, the girl is Riley. Second of all, Happiness' really name is Joy.

14 Very Good Advice - Alice in Wonderland
15 Buzz finds out he's just a toy - Toy Story

When buzz finds out he's just a toy, and when woody admits to buzz.

16 Alice's tearful lament being lost in the middle of nowhere in Wonderland - Alice in Wonderland
17 Mama Coco remembers her father - Coco

Coco's ending has to be the saddest, happiest ending in all of movie history.

This isn't higher? WHY? It's soo heart-wrenching and touching!

Why isn't this one higher? It made me tear up!

This should be top ten. Period.

18 "Family means no body gets left behind" - Lilo and Stitch
19 Tadashi dies - Big Hero 6
20 Hans betrays Anna - Frozen

Elsa and anna

21 Nick's flashback - Zootopia

OMG he was such a cute kid and this movie deals with some serious issues

That's pretty sad.

22 Naoko appears after her death - The Wind Rises
23 Dumbo visits his mom - Dumbo

One of the most saddest Disney films throughout history. Gets me every time that part. Just get tearful constantly.

It's a pity Dumbo had to leave his mother right after she finished singing her beautiful lullaby to him.

24 Death of Optimus Prime - Transformers the Movie (1986)

When this happened in the theater, you heard so many kids crying. Parents were walking their kids out after this since they were so devastated.

Scarred thousands of kids in movie theaters back in '86, should be much higher.

One of the saddest moments in movies. Do not care what you say.

This scene genuinely got people heartbroken, me included
Should be higher

25 SpongeBob and Patrick die - SpongeBob Movie

I remember when I first saw this movie on T.V. when I was about five-years-old. This scene utterly destroyed me. Spongebob, a mostly optimistic and happy character, talks about how he and Patrick won't be able to get out of the situation alive. As the music slowly starts to creep in, Spongebob and Patrick sing their final with the thought of it being the end of their lives. I could only imagine how kids reacted to this in theatres. To me, this scene is extremely under-rated for what it provides.

How this isn't higher on the list is beyond me. I couldn't imagine how all the kids in the theater felt when watching this scene.

I am now finding out how sad I get when I see this scene.

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