AS far as animation goes, Lady and the Tramp has the saddest scenes to me, because of my love for animals. The pound scene with all of the puppies crying and when they lead the one stray (you can just see his shadow as he is being led away on the wall) to his certain death. Also when Trusty is chasing the dog catcher wagon and then the wagon falls on him and his little companion, Scotty, is crying when they think Trusty is dead. Wow, the tears just came down my face and i am even getting mist eyed thinking about that scene.
Although this is not an animated sequence. another sad segment is the last film show Walt Disney explaining his EPCOT project and WDW too. It was filmed in October of 1966 and it is hard to accept that just two months later the founding father of Mickey MOuse and all of these unforgettable and loveable characters would succumb to cancer. December 15, 1966 was truly a sad day for the world. I was only 6 when Walt passed away, but to this day he will live on forever in my heart. Of all the great men and women who have made this world what it is today, Walt would be the first person I would love to shake hands with.
Dumbo tougs on my heart strings everytime. (baby mine, don't you cry) *sniff*. But I thought Finding Nemo was quite touching as well. *sniff sniff*
Marge: Barnacle Bill's Home Pregnancy Test? Homer, shouldn't we have gone with a better-known brand?
Homer: But Marge, this one came with a corn-cob pipe!
Marge: [reading from the test box] "Ahoy, Maties! If the water turns blue, a baby for you! If purple ye see, no baby thar be!"
Homer: So, which is it? Blue or purple?
Marge: "If ye test should fail, to a doctor set sail!"
I can't believe how many of you consider Eisner movies to be anything comparable to the classics in any way, shape or form. Monsters Inc, Lion King, Brother Bear, and Hunchback, your standards have certainly been lowered. But what do you expect when generations are raised on Sesame Street, MTV and Sex and the City. I agree, Dumbo and Bambi pull at the heartstrings as only the "mother/child" relationship can, but what about Old Yeller? Tommy Kirk shooting his dog has to be the saddest Disney scene (and best live action acting) in the cannon. In most "comming of age" movies these days, the protagonist gains adulthood by either A. losing her virginity or B. fighting with dad. Like Bill Murry says in Stripes, "I cried my eyes out".
Animated: I agree Dumbo. It is so sad. I always cry.
Live action: Old Yeller is still the top movie to make me cry. When he has to shoot his own beloved dog. Ohhhh! I'm getting weepy just thinking about it.
The saddest movies for me have already been mentioned, but I just have to include this scene: Toy Story 2, When She Loved Me - I just get chills for that entire sequence, both because the song is so beautiful and watching Jessie get left at the Goodwill station is so saddddddd.
I didn't realize there were prerequisites to being a Disney fan and that having seen Old Yeller was one of them. I've never seen Old Yeller and quite frankly I don't want to. I don't like the Disney's live action movies from Yesteryear such as Parent Trap.
I have never seen Old Yeller either, why? Because I don't want to. I am Disney fan, I like Disney animation better than Live action.
Umm, I just don't think Stitch, Fox/Hound, Beauty/Beast, Lion King are sad in the way Dumbo and Bambi are. Bambi's mom just disappears forever and he's left w/ a cold, distant father he never knew. And Dumbo...HE WAS JUST A BABY! Maybe it was because he didn't talk, but that baby being ripped from his mother...I remember utter grief and flowing tears watching her swing him in her trunk through the bars with that SAD, SAD "Baby Mine" playing. No sadness can compare in a Disney animated feature.
As for live action: Old Yeller.
Afterthoughts: The Jessie-being-donated scene: Yes, ouch, a definite heartstring puller and THANK YOU DISNEY for making it even harder for parents to get their kids to give up their old toys!