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    21 Times Disney Movies Handled Serious And Dark Topics Reallllllly Well

    Zootopia and Big Hero 6 don't get the credit they deserve for being SO smart and aware.

    We asked the BuzzFeed Community to tell us which dark and serious Disney movie moments were actually handled super well. Here are the eye-opening results.

    1. In Zootopia, when the entire movie was a giant metaphor that explored topics of race, racism, stereotypes, microaggressions, and discrimination.

    Nick (a fox) sneakily playing with the assistant mayor's (a sheep) hair

    2. In Frozen II, when Anna hit her rock bottom and realized that the only way out of it was to acknowledge her pain and take things one step at a time, even if it wasn't going to be easy.

    Anna climbing out of the cave and into the light

    3. In Big Hero 6, when Hiro's grief over his brother's untimely death was expressed through several unfamiliar stages, illustrating that there's no right or wrong way to heal or mourn the loss of a loved one.

    Hiro talking to Baymax in his room

    4. In Tangled, when the toxic relationship between Mother Gothel and Rapunzel examined themes of emotional manipulation and abuse.

    Mother Gothel yelling at Rapunzel in the tower

    5. In Moana, when Grandma Tala said her final goodbye to Moana before dying, reminding her that the people you lose will always be with you.

    Moana reuniting with the spirit of her grandma on the open waters

    6. 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.

    Mulan being thrown to the snowy ground and then sacrificed by Li Shang

    7. In Up, when Ellie found out she was pregnant and decorated the entire nursery, but then she ultimately lost the baby due to a miscarriage.

    Ellie receiving bad news at the doctor's office

    8. In The Hunchback of Notre Dame, when all of the townspeople bullied Quasimodo and threw tomatoes at him simply because he was a little different.

    The townspeople throwing tomatoes at Quasimodo

    9. In Cinderella, when the evil stepsisters violently tore apart her homemade dress, harshly illustrating that not everyone comes from a happy home.

    The stepsister tearing apart Cinderella's pink dress

    10. In Monsters, Inc., when Sulley had to let go and say goodbye to Boo, proving that sometimes you have to say goodbye to the ones you love.

    Sulley hugging Boo in her room and then exiting through her closet door

    11. In Frozen, when Anna sacrificed herself by jumping in front of Hans' sword to save Elsa, representing how important familial love can be.

    Anna jumping in front of the sword and turning to ice

    12. In Toy Story 2, when Jessie's entire backstory revealed that she was abandoned by her owner, but that didn't mean she was no longer capable of giving or receiving love.

    A compilation of Jessie's human getting older and then leaving her in the donation pile

    13. In Onward, when Barley opened up about how he didn't say goodbye to his dad because it was too scary and painful to see him so sick.

    Barley talking to his brother in the cave's river

    14. 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.

    Ray looking up at the two shining stars in the sky

    15. In Tarzan, when Tarzan, Kala, and Kerchak suffered insurmountable loss but still found hope and home in their chosen families.

    Tarzan trying to free Kerchak from a rope trap

    16. In Coco, when the entire movie prepared Miguel for the death of Mamá Coco and focused on the importance of celebrating the life of a loved one after their passing, rather than just mourning the loss.

    Miguel talking to Mamá Coco

    17. In Finding Nemo, when Marlin discovered that Nemo was the only one who survived the barracuda attack, introducing the movie's key focus on themes of love and loss.

    Marlin finding only one egg left after the barracuda attack

    18. 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 OK.

    Andy saying goodbye from his car as he admires his childhood toys in Bonnie's hands

    19. 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.

    Simba trying to wake up Mufasa's lifeless body

    20. In Lilo & Stitch, when Lilo opened up to Stitch about her parents' deaths, and Stitch admitted that he felt lost too.

    Lilo talking to Stitch in her room

    21. And in Inside Out, when Riley's depression was illustrated as a real issue, rather than simply labeling her as an angsty kid.

    Riley's wardrobe appearing less colorful through the movie

    Did your favorite Disney moment not make the list? Tell us about it in the comments below.

    Note: Submissions have been edited for length and clarity.