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On the recent "Let's Do This!!!!" (aka LDT), someone asked Korey and Co-Host what were movies that made them cry like little girls. I noticed that whenever anyone talks about sad movies, most of the movies they mention (other than movies with those damn animal stars like Lassie) are animated. Whatever it is, I decided to compile a list of the saddest animated movies to me. Keep in mind, I was born in 1991, so, other than Disney classics, most of the animated movies I watched as a kid were from the 80's and 90's.
So put some Journey or Tom Waits on and get out those tissues, while we go through the Top 10 Saddest Animated Films of all time. And be warned, obviously there are "SPOILERS" ahead.
10. The Hunchback of Notre Dame
This concept was sad before it was even a movie; a hideously ugly brute is abandoned as a baby, only to be raised alone in a bell-tower and everyone ridicules him. It's a wonder that Quasimodo (which, just to put salt on the wound, means "semi-formed") didn't just hang himself on the bell ropes. However, at the end, because this is a Disney movie, you have to have all the people love and accept him. Still...
Yes, I know you probably will ask, "Mike, why the hell did you put Bambi so low???" Well, it's mainly because this movie is just so well-known as a movie that makes kids cry, so even when I saw it as a kid, I still had knowledge of what was going to happen and compared to other Disney movies it's not quite as sad, because right after, there's a whole bunch of birds singing and flowers blooming, just as if nothing had happened. Still, that scene when Bambi's mom dies will always bring a tear or two to my eye ... or ten...
8. An American Tail
Even though Disney is probably responsible for the most sad movies, Don Bluth is the one individual who made the darkest children's movies of the 80's and early 90's. This film itself really is not very sad per se, but DAMN is it depressing for a kid'smovie. A little mouse, Fivelost from his family, and spends the whole movie constantly missing them by a few minutes! One scene in particular is memorable for being sad, "Somewhere Out There." As a general rule of thumb, if there is a song in an animated movie, it's usually either a love song or a sad song. This is the latter.
7. Transformers (1986)
Now, I didn't grow up on this show, so I didn't really watch this movie as part of that culture, nor did this film really hit me as hard as it did to kids about 5 years older than me. However, I still had a twinge of liking for those awesomely badass robots, especially Optimus Prime, so seeing him die, truthfully an awfully ballsy move for the producers, was still rather sad for me. However, watching this movie today, what puts this movie on the list is that it was (my personal hero) Orson Welles' last role in any film ever, as the living Death Star, Unicron. According to movie legend, Orson Welles was near death even when recording his voiceover part for the film, so his voice sounded absolutely pathetic. What the directors chose to do was to change his voice with studio magic and leave the voiceover in the movie. As a result, what you have is honestly one of the most heartwrenching yet powerful sounds ever captured on film.
6. The Land Before Time
If Korey cried because "Jurassic Park" had super-cool dinosaurs, I cried because this movie had super-sad dinosaurs. I mean, I or anyone else only remembers this movie because LITTLEFOOT'S MOM DIES!!! I wonder why this movie is so sad, oh wait, it's because Don Bluth made it. You know that when dinosaurs make you sob that this is one sad movie. And I DARE anyone to watch that scene and not cry like a little bitch.
5. When the Wind Blows
Now we get into some stuff that isn't Disney or Don Bluth. You might wonder what this movie is about, so I'll give a synopsis:
Old English Couple hears about coming nuclear attack.
Couple experiences said attack.
Couple expects government to come help them after the attack.
Government does not come.
Couple dies of radiation poisoning.
This movie is like watching your own grandparents die, because it is much, much more blunt about death than the previously mentioned movies are. It is NOT fun, because you see the cute little old couple losing their hair, losing massive amounts of weight, and throwing up blood. It also doesn't help that the couple constantly does stuff like drinking radiated rainwater. I heard myself yelling, "WHY THE F*CK ARE YOU DOING THAT!!!!" at my TV numerous times.
4. The Fox and the Hound
Yes, yes, it's another Disney movie, but you want to know why this movie is so much more depressing than the other Disney movies? It's because the depressing part isn't because someone dies, but because you have two best friends that are different. But as they get older, they have to fight each other because the hunter says they have to. They cannot be friends anymore. Now THAT is sad as hell, and is why it is so set apart from the other Disney movies.
3. Grave of the Fireflies
This is a Japanese anime movie about two orphaned children, whose mother is killed during a bomb raid on their hometown, and their father is killed in the Imperial Navy. If that isn't enough, the kids struggle to survive, until Setsuko, the younger sister, dies of starvation, and then Seita, the brother, does as well. Before watching this movie, the only movie I thought of when I heard the words "Japan," "World War II," and "bombing" was "Godzilla," but holy crap will this movie keep you up at night. It's been compared to "Schindler's List" before, and even though they are very different films, obviously, they are just as powerful.
2. The Plague Dogs
THERE IS NOTHING HAPPY IN THIS MOVIE. Literally, NOTHING. Here's the story: two lab dogs escape from a lab, one of them is schizophrenic and manic depressive because his brain was operated on, they kill a bunch of sheep for food, until the government tries to cover up the evil deeds they do at the lab by saying the dogs have Bubonic Plague and chasing them across the country, until they force the dogs into the ocean, where they drown. Not only was this made by the same people who made "Watership Down," another very dark animated movie, but they actually made it MORE depressing than the book it was based on. In the book, the dogs were saved by a fisherman, the dogs were reunited with Snitter's owner (the one he believed was killed by a car), and the government was exposed as lying. Of course, NONE of this happens in the movie, so you're left with a movie that will depress you for days. I especially love dogs, so it was sooo hard for me to finish this movie.