Inspired by the most useful resource in the history of cinema (a website that tells you whether or not an animal dies in more than 600+ movies), here’s a definitive list of absolute SADNESS: all the movies you haven’t watched since you were a kid because a beloved animal was slaughtered.
Prepare to cry tears all over your keyboards…
1. The Land Before Time
Hear that? It’s the sound of millennials everywhere frantically texting their moms “I <3 U”.
2. Old Yeller
A kid forced to shoot his own dog after contracting rabies? Hold on while we start BAWLING FOREVER.
3. Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
This heroic ant gave its own life to save the family and we still miss him to this day.
4. The Never Ending Story
When the horse Artax drowned in a pool of mud literally called the SWAMP OF SADNESS, we should’ve known.
5. Turner and Hooch
After all that bonding, did they have to take away our Hooch? Honestly?
Loosely based on the real-life Siberian husky, Balto’s commemoration as a statue alone was enough to leave us in tears.
Dumbo’s mom’s sad trunk did all the crying for us.
8. Lion King
What kid didn’t bawl their faces off to this part? (Answer: Kids with no souls.)
The trauma of this scene still remains with children everywhere.
10. Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls
Yeah, it was supposed to leave us laughing with tears, but as children, this just made us cry.
11. All Dogs Go to Heaven
We should’ve been able to prepare ourselves for how this was going to end. It’s right there in the title!
The death of that sheep only lasted mere seconds, but it felt like an eternity. Poor sheep.
13. Eight Below
So this is from 2006, but college can still be considered a late childhood, right? When the dogs spend the night with their fallen Maya, we were just devastated.