Most of us recall our favorite cartoons fondly – ah yes, childhood was a sweet thing indeed. The cartoons and movies we watched were tales of good versus evil, where the evil witch/ stepmother/ mastermind is punished, the kind and beautiful princess/leading lady gets together with her Prince/Captain/ General Charming, and the protagonists (whoever they actually are) live happily ever after, the end.
However, a number of movies in our childhood, albeit their stories told very compellingly, have left us with a few sleepless nights and deep, terrible questions haunting our minds. Here are three of those movies, and their traumatizing moments.
1) Bambi – This is pretty much a shoe-in for such a list. It all starts out happy and cheerful, the sweet, gentle mother, the happy landscape, and Bambi’s fun friends. And just like that, Bambi’s mother is shot by a hunter, and a forest fire threatens our hero and all the members of his community.
2) Old Yeller – It’s a classic tale of the everlasting bond of friendship between a boy and his dog, out in the wild open prairie — until the dog is bitten by a rabid wolf in an effort to save his human family. Old Yeller is penned to observe him for rabies symptoms. Soon, the dog growls and threatens to harm the lad, and with a heavy heart, the father shoots their trusted and loyal canine friend. Arm yourself with a box of tissues when you watch this movie.
3) The Neverending Story – Might, Magic, and Adventure rule the landscape of this film, made in epic proportions. Atreyu and his loyal steed Artax must journey through the lands of Fantasia to seek an answer that will save their dying Empress. Trudging through The Swamps of Sadness, Artax is soon overcome with hopelessness and woe, and begins to ever so slowly sink into the mire. Atreyu pleads, cajoles and even snarls at the horse to keep moving, but alas, his friend disappears into the bog.
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