Animal Deaths in Movies:
Death scenes in movies are always depressing, but it is even worse when an animal dies in the movie. These animals played a big part in making our childhood awesome but their deaths crushed us. It does not matter if you are a kid or an adult, these deaths will hit you hard and they will make you shed a lot of tears.
Movie: Turner & Hooch
Hooch was Tom Hanks’ sweet companion in this supposed comedy detective drama. Hooch teamed up with Scott to catch the murderer of his previous owner, and he did it in the end, but at the cost of his life. He sacrificed himself to save Scott by taking a bullet for him and died a heroic death.
Movie: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I
Hedwig was with Harry since the very first movie and her death was a big blow for the fans as hardly anyone expected it (except the book readers). Hedwig lost her life in a bid to save Harry from Death Eaters in the penultimate movie of this franchise. We would have loved to see Hedwig make it till the end along with Harry Potter.
Movie: Charlotte’s Web
Charlotte is the sweetest spider to ever appear on the big screen as she was caring and did everything in her power to help others. She was always there for Wilbur and even saved the beloved pig’s life. Without her assistance, Wilbur would have been dead. Fortunately, she lived a full life but her body could not take all the exhaustion.
#7: Old Yeller
Movie: Old Yeller
This movie has traumatized a lot of childhoods over the years and we cannot believe that Old Yeller was made for young kids. Losing your best friend is the worst but it is even worse when you are the one who has to do it. After Old Yeller showed signs of Rabies, Travis made a difficult decision to take matters into his own hands and put his best friend out of misery.
Movie: The Neverending Story
The worst thing about Artrax’s death was the hopelessness. Atreyu and Artrax the horse were trying to clear the Swamp of Sadness and you would drown if you are sad. Sadly, Artrax couldn’t overcome his depression and drowned, while we see Atreyu in tears, crying and fighting a losing battle to save his friend.
Movie: Marley & Me
Saying goodbye to a dog that has been with you its entire life is one of the saddest things a person can experience. Marley was an exceptional dog and the farewell scene where John (Owen Wilson) says goodbye to Marley is a heart-wrenching scene that can make anyone emotional.
#4: Bambi’s Mother
It is as if Disney doesn’t want the protagonists to have parents. Bambi, along with us, goes through something immensely traumatic when she lost her mother. His mother was shot by a hunter and Bambi was forced to go through that pain all alone. That scene where Bambi sleeps next to her dead mother still traumatizes us.
Movie: I Am Legend
Sam, the German Shepherd was the best companion Will Smith’s character Robert Neville could ever hope for in a post-apocalyptic world. After living alone for so long, Sam was everything to Robert, but sadly everything changed when Sam was bitten by a zombie. Robert had to end Sam’s life himself to prevent the pooch from turning into a zombie.
#2: Littlefoot’s Mother
Movie: The Land Before Time
Littlefoot’s mother did exactly what you expect a mother to do when her kid’s life is in danger. She fought the T-rex Sharptooth with all her might in a bid to save her kid but could not save her own life. The final scene involving Littlefoot’s mother is very emotional and it is not for the faint of heart.
Movie: Lion King
The death of Mufasa is one of the most heartbreaking scenes of all time as he was betrayed by his own brother. When Simba tried to wake his dad up, it broke all our hearts and that scene has scarred us for life. Mufasa was a righteous King and it was a big blow for all of us to lose such an iconic character.