Top 10 Saddest Animated Movie Moments

The Top Ten Saddest Animated Movie Moments

1 Setsuko's death - Grave of the Fireflies

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.

While the whole movie was like that they would survive but it was very sad that she died - zxm

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.

Very depressing...

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. - alimarashian

Yes this has many sad scenes - zxm

3 Bing Bong fading away - Inside Out

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

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

This part was so sad.

I didn't cry at this! - mimitchi33

4 Sully says goodbye to Boo - Monsters, Inc.

This one is better than toy story 3

I cried.

Sully says goodbye to Boo.
The soundtrack here kills you :( - alimarashian

5 Mufasa's death - The Lion King

Stop bawling over this like babies you babies. It's not even sad. Ya'll are just pretending to cry and you know it. It was better when Mufasa died. Stupid know-it-all lion.

Stop crying over Mufasa's death, people!

Still it is sad.

He forced a whole animal species to starve for no good reason. Thus, he deserves to die!

6 The incinerator scene - Toy Story 3

Tge Incinirator scene.
Probably the most shcoking 1 minute of the animation industry ever. - alimarashian

7 Andy giving away his toys - Toy Story 3

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

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

So Long Partner

I cried no cap

8 Tadashi dies - Big Hero 6


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. - alimarashian

10 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. - alimarashian

Buzz Really Learned A Lesson There

This was not sad

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11 Baymax dies in the portal - Big Hero 6

Never mind about tadashi, I cried so hard

12 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!

13 Ebenezer Scrooge witnesses his child being neglected in the boarding school - Disney's a Christmas Carol
14 Dumbo visits his mom - Dumbo

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

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


15 Stoick gets shot by Toothless - How to Train Your Dragon 2

This should be so gosh forsaken higher on the list because that movie was almost as depressing as the “Allegiant” epilogue

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

Absolutely tragic

17 "Family means no body gets left behind" - Lilo and Stitch

Its not on this list so I'll vote for this instead but what I think is the single saddest moment in all of animated movies is the Lilo and Stitch scene when Lilo says "If you wanna leave you can. I'll remember you though. I remember everyone that leaves"

I didn't cry at this movie, not even close, but for some reason I liked it. "Family means no body gets left behind". - alimarashian

What does that mean?

There was this scene when stich was lost and repeats this sentence( he heard it before from Lilo) and he really meant it. - alimarashian

18 Nick's flashback - Zootopia

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

That’s pretty sad.

19 Hector fading away - Coco
20 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.

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

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.

21 SpongeBob and Patrick die - SpongeBob Movie

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 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.

Kid and adult I cry while watching this scene

22 Branch's grandma dies - Trolls

Oh come on this was a stupid film and death unlike the rest of this list whoever put this on here needs to have he or she's eyes checked.

This is ssooo saddd

23 The Iron Giant's sacrifice - The Iron Giant
24 Naoko appears after her death - The Wind Rises

When she died and he saw her agai, fading in the wind :( - alimarashian

25 Marjane leaves Iran - Persepolis

The scene was multicultural, when she said goodbye to all her family just to be free, when she said goodbye to her dead uncle where she doesn't know exactly is burried. Going to north of Iran for the last time for that amazing weather, a weather she never ever found anywhere else. Her grandmother was the most tear jerking one. - alimarashian

26 Dory reunites with her parents - Finding Dory

I cried at this in the theater, along with two other scenes! - mimitchi33

So cute

27 Manny's flashback - Ice Age

This needs to be higher - FLIPMODE

This one is so underrated that lt's never on any of the lists. The story of Mannys entire family being murderred is told only using cave paintings & his eyes. His friends can only feel his pain. It suddenly becomes clear why he's such a hardass all of the time.

28 Cinderella's clothes get ripped - Cinderella

Probably more shocking than sad. There was this scene and of course her getting locked up. - alimarashian

Looks like ugly Jersey Shore and Bridezilla in Disney version

29 My mother - Alvin and The Chipmunks

Unless if it is the cartoon of ATC the scene of alvin and the chipmunks is God awful.

what - Crizz

30 Ralph really is a bad guy - Wreck-It Ralph

To those people who are just coming here and are like "Oh, Ralph must be a huge jerk I hate him already" you are very wrong. Ralph was blackmailed into it by a character who I don't want to mention because of spoilers, but he was clearly very sad to do it.

I've seen a few people who haven't seen the film but hate Vanellope. This part will make them think otherwise, not only does Ralph destroy the poor girl's kart, but also her dreams of being a racer.

31 Bambi's mother dies - Bambi

I honestly can't watch or even read about this without envisioning Hitler, Saddam Hussein, Darth Vader, Osama Bin Laden, Voldemort, Cinderella's stepmother, Ingrid Newkirk, Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees crying at the same time!

32 Diego’s sacrifice - Ice Age

Made me cry.

33 Frank tries to survive the humans - Sausage Party

The Sausage Party reminds me of The Attack On Titan

34 The end - Anomalisa

The fact that nothing changed and he's gotta deal with his former life all over again is very sad. - alimarashian

35 The girl loses happiness and sadness - Inside Out

First of all, the girl is Riley. Second of all, Happiness' really name is Joy. - mimitchi33

36 Ahsoka leaves the Jedi behind - Star Wars: The Clone Wars
37 Hans betrays Anna - Frozen

Elsa and anna

38 Chernabog raises Hell - Fantasia

Eh? I heard this was scary, not sad.

39 Tiny Tim dies during Scrooge's vision of the future - A Christmas Carol
40 Alice's tearful lament being lost in the middle of nowhere in Wonderland - Alice in Wonderland
41 Charlie saves Anne-Marie but not himself - All Dogs Go to Heaven

I've heard of bungled rescues, but this is ridiculous!

42 I can't stop loving you - Metropolis
43 Vash gets shot and nearly dies in the quicksand - Trigun: Badlands Rumble
44 Red's childhood - The Angry Birds Movie
45 Hank inks himself - Finding Dory

As someone with bladder issues, I could totally relate with him! - mimitchi33

46 Marlin tells Dory she's useful and gave them lots of help - Finding Dory

When Marlin brought up memories of events from Finding Nemo, I started to remember how great my childhood memories of watching that movie were! - mimitchi33

47 Smurfette's death - Smurfs: The Lost Village
48 Beware the Wheelers - Return the Oz
49 Very Good Advice - Alice in Wonderland
50 The King of Fools - The Hunchback of Notre Name
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