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Top 5 Cartoon Criers

It’s been a while since I did a not-so-serious post here so I feel like it’s overdue. When you couple that with the fact that I’m away from home until Monday to attend a conference in Oklahoma, simple gets a whole lot more appealing.

I was reading this post on an entertainment news site (don’t judge me too harshly) all about the cheesy animated moments that make you cry.

I have to admit that I have a soft spot in my heart for these animated tearjerkers. I can be a fairly emotional guy when I get into a story so all those cartoon movies that I say my kids dragged me to? Most of them I wanted to see anyway, and I find myself misty-eyed before it’s over way too often.

Since this is supposed to be simple, I’m just going to spit them out and we can discuss in the comments (these are in no particular order).

  1. Horton Hears a Who –it’s when that little shirker Jojo lets out the life-saving yell that tips the scale, I just can’t take it!
  2. The Iron Giant –if you’ve never seen this, it’s excellent (the director went on to do the Incredibles) and the big ol’ robot saves the day.
  3. Monsters, Inc. –Boo and Sully, reunited… Awwww…
  4. Toy Story 3 –this one, I didn’t just mist up. I actually had tears running down my cheeks. Thank God there were extended credits so I could dry off before exiting the theater.
  5. Dumbo –the “Baby Mine” song with his mom (although it didn’t do anything for me before I was a parent)

Okay, I have bared my soul and invited your ridicule!

What’s the last cartoon that made you cry or tear up? Do you love animated movies like I do? Oh and guys, don’t be afraid to let it out. This is a safe place. ๐Ÿ™‚


  1. I cried on cloudy with a chance of meatballs.

    I know it wasn’t a sad movie, but the story hit close to home.
    Michael recently posted..Faking InabilityMy Profile

    • Cloudy with a chance of Meatballs? Dude…
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      • The guy is unaccepted because he is different. But he believes in his vision and does whatever he can to chase after it.

        I may be reading too much into it.
        Michael recently posted..Faking InabilityMy Profile

        • Nah, I get it. I was just giving you a hard time. But like Jason said, this is a safe place. Which is why I didn’t comment on Dusty’s comment, even though I REALLY wanted to.
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      • I love you, katdish! LOL

    • I don’t remember that one too well, but I’m sure if it was emotional at all, I probably misted up. I’ve gotten really good at holding my eyes just right so no tears actually fall. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Thanks Michael.

  2. Have to admit that I choke up when I watch CARS at the end when he gives up the win to help the King. Haven’t seen Toy Story 3 yet. A non-animated film that gets me is Field of Dreams at the end when he realizes it his dad and plays ball with him.
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    • Oh yeah, Field of Dreams is a great one. I was really a mess with Toy Story 3 and it was more than just the end. I saw it twice and I still got choked up the 2nd time! Thanks Bill.

  3. Too many to tell all…. I usually “mist up” when the underdog wins the day. Probably the most embarrassing ridiculous misting was watching:

    Barbie: A Fashion Fairytale…

    Yes I have a baby girl and she is all about Barbie.
    Dusty Rayburn recently posted..Come and See What God Has DoneMy Profile

    • Admit it. You watched Barbie anyway.
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    • Barbie. I haven’t seen that one! I will not judge you because I don’t want to be judged. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Thanks Dusty.

  4. Seriously? Okay, the only movie that comes to mind is Ice Age. Remember when the mammoth makes eye contact with the little eskimo’s dad? There’s this non-verbal understanding that both have lost loved ones. And even though the mammoth’s family died at the hands of humans, he returns the human child unharmed because he understands what the man has already lost and he doesn’t want him to suffer as he did.

    Also, the squirrel reminds me of my brother-in-law.
    katdish recently posted..The picture inside the picture RepostMy Profile

    • I forgot about Ice Age! I know what you mean. It’s so emotional when they make the trade. That’s just a great movie all the way around. I’ve never seen the other ones because they didn’t look as good, but the 1st one is a classic.

  5. I cry at just about EVERY movie….it’s sad like that….but the last ones would be TS 3 and Karate Kid. ๐Ÿ™‚
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    • I get way into movies (which is why I have to be careful what I watch). I know what you mean. I haven’t seen the new Karate Kid yet. Thanks for the warning, Toby. ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Toy story 3, not only did I cry real tears; I couldn’t speak for like 30 minutes after

    • And asking my kids after, they said they didn’t think it was sad. I think it’s only sad for adults who’ve experienced those things in growing up. One day they’ll see it with their kids and be bawling their eyes out. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. It might be easier to make a list of animated movies that didn’t make me cry. But if it’s Disney, there’s a good chance I’m crying. Up? Sobbing. Bambi? Tearing up just thinking about it. And really? Don’t even get me started on Dumbo. I just can’t go there right now… Drats. I need some Kleenex now.
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    • I know what you mean! How about the one where the chimps go to space? I didn’t see it but I heard it was pretty bad. You may only weep for its poor quality. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Thanks Wendy.

  8. My kids laugh at me all the time… I literally cry several times a week, at commercials, sports moments, and especially animated movies…

    My scenarios generally… father and son (because I still long to have been close to my dad, and because I want so deeply to love my 3 sons in a way that gives them life and frees them to be men, and always remember that their dad loved ’em); father and daughter (because anytime I look at one of my 3 daughters it kills me; triumphant moment, sports or otherwise (because it does); when people come together (I cried at the hoedown throwdown, or however you spell it, in Hannah Montana, because a group of diverse people came together spontaneously all at once and laughed and enjoyed life together.

    I’m a baby. But I don’t care. I love it. Rather cry than be a bump on a pickle.

    • “Bump on a pickle”

      I am SO using this at some point.

    • I choked up in the theater when I took my daughter and her friends to see Hannah Montana. Don’t feel alone……because you are not. (Please don’t tell anyone) ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Oh, forgot to mention that I came to pieces when Andy’s room is empty and he and his mom are standing there looking at it… And when Andy is giving The Rootin’est Tootin’ist Cowboy in the West to the little girl in her yard, I was a lost cause. My family made fun of me, it was so bad.
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    • I hear ya, Kelly. I don’t appreciate sometimes that I’m so emotional, but in the end, I don’t really care. I feel things deeply and I know it’s all right! Thanks for sharing. I’m with you, man.

  10. Yes, I cried during Toy Story 3. And Up.

    I also cry every year at the very end of The Little Drummer Boy. Inevitably there is always once student who turns around and announces “HEY! MISS HELEN IS CRYING!!!” I show the movie anyway. If they had hearts, they’d be crying too… ๐Ÿ˜‰

    As a child, I cried during Snoopy Come Home.

    As a college student, I cried during Here Comes Garfield.

    I am so glad to be here among people who understand me…. ๐Ÿ˜‰
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    • AAAAA!!! The Little Drummer Boy! Tearing up just thinking about it… Poor little lamb!
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    • Oh yeah, Helen. We are all in the same boat here! I haven’t seen The Little Drummer Boy I guess. Now I’m a little afraid to. ๐Ÿ™‚


      • This is the part of the story that always makes me cry (the very ending)

        It helps to know that in the beginning of the story, the little drummer boy’s parents are killed by bandits, and he goes through the movie up until this part “hating all people”.
        The Christ child changed the boy’s heart… LOOK WHAT YOU”VE DONE! I’m crying NOW! ๐Ÿ™‚ Seriously. But it is a good crying, you know.
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        • Aww, that’s so sweet! I think my kids actually own this video. I can’t believe I haven’t seen it!

  11. It’s freeing when a bunch of peeps just get real. Such a burden to carry when we act like we’re grown-ups and can’t feel things anymore!
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    • Just trying to help out. Thanks Kelly. ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. I got all teary eyed during “How to train your dragon.” It is a great story of friendship and reconciliation between a dad and son.
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    • I keep hearing that’s a great movie. I didn’t get to see it with my kids because their Nana took them to see it. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll have to check it out. Thanks Kevin.

  13. Great topic. I know something will probably come to me, but I can’ specifically think of an animated movie that got to me yet. Did Bambie make anyone cry? I think I saw that opening scene once and I bet that could be on someone’s list. Now I have to totally reevaluate my emotional reaction to every animated film I’ve ever seen. There goes my weekend. ~sniff~

    • Ha! Thanks so much for the comment. ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Up. Saddest cartoon ever.

    • I agree with Brett. Up was so emotional. I cried six times in the first 15 minutes. Then again at the end. Then I cried an eighth time during the credits. Actually, I’m crying right now too.

      • We are kindred spirits then, Ryan. ha!

    • Someone ruined it for by telling me I’d cry in the first 15 minutes so it didn’t hit me as hard as I was prepared for the sadness. I did get hit at the end though. Love that movie. Thanks Brett!

  15. I’ve never seen any of these. I started Horton Hears a Who and fell asleep. I guess when I have kids that will change.

    I will say that the last and best animated movie I saw was probably Finding Nemo. It was much better than I expected. Mostly because Ellen is awesome.

    • I loved Finding Nemo. Incredible for so many reasons (Ellen is definitely one). Good pick, Tony. You need to see some of these others though too. Just sayin’. ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. I bawled during “Up.” Twice. All three men in my house laughed at me — husband, two boys. And I kept crying. What can I say? I’m a sap.

    Fun post, Jason. Great comments! Isn’t it fun to do something totally light and silly every once in a while?
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    • Light? I’ve been bawlin’ my eyes out all morning remembering these movies….
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    • Yes, it’s nice to just have a reaction and not think so much about it, Michelle. (I think that’s what she meant Helen). ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Okay, yes--Up. Total cry fest.
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    • I love Pixar. Even if they are in cahoots with the Kleenex people…

  18. I didn’t used to cry that much BUT now a days I cry at anything that touches my soul. I’m teary now sitting in the airport watching a mother/grandmother see her son and 2 never seen before grandboys meet. She’s more excited than Ive ever seen family greet. My first impression says he’s the prodigal coming home. Loosing my luggage and having to drive back here I’ve an hour just became worth it. As for movies, the under dog triumphing is BIG for me, finding love when they’ve been lost, you name it. If it touches my soul I’m crying.

    • I agree. I can have instant reactions sometimes to seeing something like that whether in real life or a movie. I’m glad I don’t have to pretend! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Thanks Bethany.

  19. I cried at Up…but I didn’t at Toy Story 3. I had heard I would, so I kept waiting for a really dramatic scene. I think I built it up too much and missed the touching part because I thought it would get worse.

    And, Dusty…really? Totally judging. I have a 4yo & I’ve never seen a Barbie movie. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Not just one…

      Barbie movies we watch frequently:

      Fashion Fairytale
      3 Musketeers
      Princess and the Pauper
      The Island Princess
      Magic of Pegasus
      Swan Lake.

      There’s a few left to buy for her.
      Dusty Rayburn recently posted..Come and See What God Has DoneMy Profile

      • Oh Dusty!

        I have been there….Megan was once under the age of six. At the time all the Barbie movies came out around her birthday so not only did we have to watch the new movie over and over…we had to buy the doll and have a Barbie themed birthday party. Thank goodness that is over! Now we get Justin Bieber…maybe Barbie can come back?

        • Nothing against Bieber, but I would much prefer my daughter into Barbie as well!

    • See! And that’s what happened to me with Up. I hate it when someone ruins things like that. I want to feel it in the moment even if I do want to bawl my eyes out. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks Melissa.

      Dusty, I worry about you. That’s too much Barbie for one man to handle. I have added another item to my prayer list. ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. I felt like a part of my soul died when Dumbledore died. It’s hard to talk about……

    • Krissy, I’ve never seen a whole Harry Potter movie! I will take your word for it though, and thanks for weighing in and joining the conversation!


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