15 Times Disney Movies Did A Reallllllly Good Job At Handling Serious Topics
When Jessie was abandoned in Toy Story 2, but that didn't mean she was incapable of giving or receiving love.
We asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us about the unexpectedly dark moments in Disney movies. Here are the times they handled those serious issues really well.
In Inside Out, when Riley's depression was illustrated as a real issue, rather than her just being an angsty kid.
In Up, when Ellie found out she was pregnant, decorated the entire nursery, but then suffered a miscarriage.
In The Hunchback of Notre Dame, when the crowd bullied Quasimodo and threw tomatoes at him simply because he was different.
In Finding Nemo, when Marlin and Nemo were the only survivors after the barracuda attack, which allowed the movie to focus on themes of love and loss.
In Toy Story 2, when Jessie's entire backstory revealed that she was abandoned, but that didn't mean she was no longer capable of giving or receiving love.
In Cinderella, when the evil stepsisters violently tore apart her homemade dress, reiterating the fact that not everyone comes from a happy home.
In Monsters, Inc., when Sulley had to say goodbye to Boo, proving that sometimes you have to say goodbye to the ones you love.
In Tarzan, when Tarzan, Kala, and Kerchak suffered insurmountable loss but still found hope and home in a chosen family.
In The Princess and the Frog, when Ray accepted the bad news of his own fate, knowing (or at least hoping) that something good would come from it.
In Moana, when Grandma Tala said her final goodbye to Moana before dying, reminding everyone that the people you lose will always be with you.
In Coco, when Ernesto revealed that he poisoned Héctor, which was a super apparent — albeit dark — way to teach people about friendship and betrayal.
In Mulan, when Mulan proved to the misogynistic men/society that women can be strong, smart, and tough, and their place doesn't have to be in the home.
In The Lion King, when Scar killed Mufasa and blamed it on Simba, showing the dangers of how far some people will go for power.
In Lilo & Stitch, when Lilo opened up to Stitch about her parents' deaths, and Stitch admitted that he felt lost.
And in Toy Story 3, when Andy gave all of his favorite toys to Bonnie, proving that we all outgrow our past eventually, and that's okay.
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