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Saturday, 30 July 2011

Children's Movies have Emotionally Crippled Me

Tonight I watched Finding Nemo with the Toddler. Which is fine, except this time I wore my big girl pants and watched it all the way through.

Yes, usually when it comes to the sad parts, I close my eyes and block my ears until it's over.

I'll put it out there - I'm a sobber. A full on, runny nosed, gut wrenching sobber.

Disney and Pixar strike fear into my heart. The Guru refuses to witness the spectacle anymore. And it seems that having a child who enjoys watching the movies isn't providing a cure.

In fact, I'm turning the Toddler into a sobber, much to the Guru's chagrin. He was hoping for someone he could watch movies with that wouldn't use his shirt as a tissue. Maybe the next one.

But it has brought to my attention the number of movies that I cry over - and it's a wonder I manage to go to the movies at all. So I'd like to present 10 movies that have contributed to my emotionally crippled state;


Finding Nemo - When the Mum dies, and then Nemo get's taken and then again when Nemo and his Dad are re-united. It's an emotional minefield. Tear Rating: 3/5

The Lion King - When the dad dies and Simba crawls under his big paws just to be close to his Daddy. It's soul crushing. Tear Rating: 4/5

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 & 2 - Dobby the Elf dies at the end of part 1 and they open part 2 with a scene of his grave. When we saw part 2 a couple of weeks ago, I picked up from where I left when it came to sobbing. I completely embarrassed the Guru. Tear Rating 5/5

An American Tail - I haven't seen this since I was 4, and it haunts me to this day. It took my Mum 2 hours to get me out of the cinema after we saw it, I was crying so hard for poor, lost Feival. I can't even listen to the main theme song (Somewhere Out There) without bawling my eyes out. I've had to cut and run when the music has come over the speakers at Coles. I run away rather than cry over my groceries at the check-out, again. I can never go back to that supermarket. Tear Rating 10/5. No, I'm not joking.

Transformers - I've only seen the first installment of Transformers, and I've decided that movies which give inanimate objects, such as cars, feelings and human-like qualities are just plain evil. When the cops hauled away the bee car and Shia LeBouf is yelling at them not to hurt the it, I broke down and couldn't pull it together for the rest of the movie. I'll be honest, I don't recall a lot after that moment. Tear Rating: 4/5

Bambi - The Mum gets killed. Need I say more? Tear Rating: 3/5

Tarzan - This is a sobfest from start to finish. The human parents dying, the baby gorilla dying, the big gorilla dying and bonding with Tarzan on his deathbed. Emotionally crippling. Tear Rating: 8/5

Lilo & Stitch - "They went for a was raining" ~ Lilo Oh man, when she says that I just bawl. And I proceed to bawl harder when Stitch takes his duckling story into the woods, waiting for his family...the entire story is so nice and it has a beautiful message, but to get to the end I swim there in my own tears. Tear Rating: 9/5

Ice Age - When the Mum slips into the water, and when the Dad get's his little boy back the Guru leaves the room and I spend an hour trying to collect myself. Is it just me, or does every Disney/Pixar movie kill off the parents one way or another? Seriously! Is it any wonder I'm emotionally unstable? Tear Rating: 5/5

Monsters Inc - I can make it all the way through this movie without a tear. Until Sully get's Boo's door back and see's her again. It's another one of those time's where the Guru leaves the room. Tear Rating: 3/5

So there you have it - proof that I'm not emotionally mature enough to be watching movies with the Toddler, or the Guru. And definitely not by myself.

Do you have a certain movie that causes drought relieving moisture in your locality? Or do you have your big girl/boy pants on all the time?



  1. lol, maybe we should start a support group? Sobbers Anonymous!

  2. Oh I thought it was just me! I cry at everything!!! There is not enough tissues in the world to dry my tears when I start!

  3. Anne @ Domesblissity5 August 2011 at 13:34

    Nearly every Disney movie has a moment in it when I tear up, even Cars. Even both of my kids say they feel a little sad when they hear the James Taylor song when Sally is reminiscing about the town being busy. We're just all a big family of sooks! LOL

    (Just popping over from FYBF!)

    Anne @ Domesblissity

  4. You know I was 'mind blogging' a post like this earlier today - which movies make me cry, Definately Harry Potter - more D/H pt 2 than 1. Mine seem to be more grown up films than Disney,
    but little Boo in Monsters Inc certainly tugs at the heart strings! Glad to have found you from FYBF!

  5. I am not a crier, but have you seen 8 Below?  I swear I started at about 20 minutes in and went for the entire movie.  The workaholic was sitting 2 kids down from me and kept reaching over to touch me, not knowing what to do as he rarely sees tears from me!

  6. Hahaha - oh, don't you love it when they get all awkward and don't know what to do - the looks on their faces are priceless :P  But I've not seen 8 Below...I googled it and read the synopsis off the promotional poster..."The most amazing story of survival, friendship and adventure ever told."

    Clearly, it's a film I'm not going to be able to watch without a flotation device.

    Thanks for visiting!

  7. Glad to be found! And thanks for joining :)

    Totally do the post - I find it interesting to see which movies people love/hate/sob over and why. Do it!! :)

  8. I knew I forgot one! I completely agree, the reiminiscing part is super sad. Even the Toddler cries.
    She's inherited her soft side from me, apparently lol

    Thanks for dropping by!

  9. I can't help myself either. I cry every time I see Finding Nemo. It is such a lovely film. My kids are big Disney/Pixar fans. Especially Cars.

    Great list of films and some definite teary  ones there. But one that I would like to suggest that you add to the sob list is Dumbo. A classic like bambi and I just loose it when I see it.

  10. Thank God, I thought I was the only one!  I cry at everything, I remember going to see the Lion King on my own when it came out.  I was balling (or bawling?) within the first few minutes when the dad holds his new son up in the air - so embarrasing!  
    Nowadays, I'm too scared to take my kids to the movies in case I start sobbing.  Mind you, its usually the happy moments that get me started.

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