The opening scene of Up portrays Carl's grief and loss, highlighting the void left by his wife Ellie. Utilizing visual storytelling and Michael Giacchino's iconic music, it conveys the couple's relationship progression without dialogue. This scene is considered the saddest moment in any Disney movie, causing viewers to hesitate rewatching.
The Lion King's famous scene of Mufasa's death, involving his brother Scar's betrayal and murder, is a heart-wrenching moment that sets the stage for Simba's exile and eventual reclaim of king. Mufasa's guidance continues to resonate with Disney fans, causing emotional impact on their lives.
Mama Coco's death in Coco marks the end of Miguel's journey to reconnect with his ancestors and understand his identity. She remembers her father's song and helps Hector reconnect with his family. The scene is moving, as memories of the deceased continue to live on through stories and traditions, causing tears and reflection on love and loss within families.
Inside Out's heartbreaking scene features Bing Bong disappearing, representing childhood loss and memory's power. Joy and Sadness encounter Bing Bong, a long-forgotten imaginary friend, who helps them navigate Riley's memories. As they approach the memory dump, Bing Bong sacrifices himself to help them escape, reminding us of the fleeting nature of childhood and the importance of cherishing memories.