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    Rewatching The Saddest Scene In Television Cartoon History

    Why did I do this to myself.

    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."

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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."

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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.

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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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