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Rewatching The Saddest Scene In Television Cartoon History

Why did I do this to myself.

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The Land Before Time has some of the **realest** moments in cartoon-dinosaur history - including the moment Littlefoot's mother died, breaking the hearts of literal millions.

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First off, the whole thing starts with this motherfucking Sharptooth motherfucker here to ruin everyone's day.

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He's basically trying to kill Littlefoot and Cera, so Littlefoot's mother, being a BAMF, comes to the rescue.

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And not only does she SAVE THEM BOTH but she also totally Mufasas that motherfucker Sharptooth.

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See you in hell, shithead.

*saved ur life NBD*

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Even Littlefoot is like "dammmnnnnn mom you're legit."

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So they're both safe now and Cera runs off without even thanking Littlefoot's mother which, tbh, rude right?

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And then Cera's dad is like "OMG Cera I'm only worried about you and not the literal MILLIONS of other dinosaurs dying."

Which I get, to be fair.
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Which I get, to be fair.

Oh yeah, forgot to mention; THE LITERAL GROUND IS LITERALLY ERUPTING BENEATH ALL THE DINOSAURS.

THIS IS SOME NEXT LEVEL SHIT.
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THIS IS SOME NEXT LEVEL SHIT.

Look at the pain in the eyes of these dinosaurs. Look at the fear. That is real life.

Also lets just take a moment to remember this is a KID'S MOVIE.
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Also lets just take a moment to remember this is a KID'S MOVIE.

Oh yeah before we move on, the creators of this movie wanted to be sure we know THESE DINOSAURS ARE DEAD. GONE. DECEASED.

Sorry mate. In the game of life, you came last.
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Sorry mate. In the game of life, you came last.

Anyway for some reason we're still focussing on Cera who is doing her best not to fucking die.

Which is a pretty hard thing to pull off because EVERYONE IS DYING.
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Which is a pretty hard thing to pull off because EVERYONE IS DYING.

Cera tries to jump over a small gap that quickly ERUPTS UNDERNEATH HER LIKE HELL IS COMING TO EARTH.

IT'S THE RAPTURE MOTHERFUCKERRRRER.
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IT'S THE RAPTURE MOTHERFUCKERRRRER.

So now there's this literal divide happening between the centre of the Earth's motherfuckin' crust and I just want to remind you this is A CHILDRENS' MOVIE.

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And now the narrator - who before this didn't think it was important that he explain WHAT THE FUCK WAS GOING ON - just pipes up and says something like "Oh no, Cera is on one side of the divide and her parents are on the other :'( :'("

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And then TONE SWITCH to Littlefoot walking through the darkness IN THE RAIN screaming out for his MOTHER.

THIS KNIFE IS ABOUT TO GO DEEP.
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THIS KNIFE IS ABOUT TO GO DEEP.

Before he even *finds* his mother he nearly DIES but manages to scramble up a part of the PLANET that has ERUPTED from the ground.

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Legit this is Littlefoot's face when he sees his mother.

I CAN'T.
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I CAN'T.

So he finds his mother and he's like "mom mom please get up please you have to get up I love you."

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And then his mother says "I DON'T THINK I CAN."

I DON'T THINK I CAN???? WHAT KIND OF HEAVY SHIT IS THIS TO LAY OUT ON YOUR ONLY SON JESUS CHRISTTTTTT.
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I DON'T THINK I CAN???? WHAT KIND OF HEAVY SHIT IS THIS TO LAY OUT ON YOUR ONLY SON JESUS CHRISTTTTTT.

She tries to get up...

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...and it turns out she's right. She can't get up. Because she's DYING.

THIS IS A CHILDREN'S MOVIE.
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THIS IS A CHILDREN'S MOVIE.

So she whispers something to Littlefoot (who legit is a baby and doesn't even understand the concept of death yet) about following his heart.

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AND THEN SHE DIES. WE FADE TO BLACK. END OF SCENE.

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WE ALL DO LITTLEFOOT. WE ALL DO.

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