15 Animated Movie Scenes we Just Love

Ellie Tishdale

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Animated movies sometimes get bad rep when compared to live action movies, but the truth is they can be just as good, if not sometimes better, than their live action counterparts. To prove this point, we’ve compiled 15 animated movies that just never leave us.

The Opening Montage – Up (2009)

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Who could’ve anticipated such an emotional rollercoaster in the first few minutes of a film? The life journey of Ellie and Carl, from their childhood adventures to Ellie’s passing, captures the essence of life, love, and loss.

Two Worlds, One Family – Tarzan (1999)

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Tarzan’s journey of self-discovery culminates in the realization of his dual identity. The scene where he seamlessly transitions between his human and gorilla families highlights the movie’s core message: love transcends boundaries.

The Incinerator Scene – Toy Story 3 (2010)

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If you’ve seen “Toy Story 3”, the horrifying moment when our beloved toys find themselves on the brink of incineration will never leave your mind. The real heart-tugger? The moment they hold hands, accepting their impending doom together. It’s enough to make anyone shed a tear!

Anton Ego’s Flashback – Ratatouille (2007)

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A single bite transports the stern critic, Anton Ego, back to his childhood. It’s a profound testament to the power of food as not just sustenance but also a vessel for memories.

Mufasa’s Fall – The Lion King (1994)

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Probably one of the most iconic scenes in animated history, Mufasa’s tragic demise as Scar betrays him is a heart-wrenching scene that left many a moviegoer teary-eyed. It’s not only the gravity of the event, but young Simba’s reaction that made it so poignant.

The Death of Bambi’s Mom – Bambi (1942)

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Few scenes in animation history are as traumatic as the death of Bambi’s mother. As she urges Bambi to run from the hunter, her sacrifice embodies parental love. While she’s never seen again, her presence lingers throughout the film, underlining the stark realities of what our furry friends go through.

Let It Go – Frozen (2013)

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Elsa’s ballad, where she casts off societal expectations and embraces her icy powers, is a spectacle of animation and song. More than just a catchy tune, it speaks to the liberation of one’s true self.

Nemo Touches the Boat – Finding Nemo (2003)

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Defiance has never been as cute or as consequential as when Nemo touches the boat despite his father’s warnings. This tiny act of rebellion triggers a whirlwind adventure across the ocean.

Ballroom Dance – Beauty and the Beast (1991)

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In a grand ballroom bathed in golden light, Belle and the Beast’s waltz is the very definition of enchantment. As the titular song plays, their blossoming romance is beautifully depicted.

Becoming a Warrior – Mulan (1998)

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With a determined cut of her hair, Mulan decides to take her father’s place in the war. This act of defiance against societal norms set the stage for her journey of self-discovery. As she trains and ultimately saves China, Mulan redefines what it means to be a hero.

Outhouse Opening – Shrek (2001)

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Starting a movie with an ogre gleefully emerging from an outhouse might not seem touching, but it perfectly sets the tone for “Shrek.” This hilarious introduction, paired with Smash Mouth’s “All Star,” signals a fairy tale that’s anything but conventional. The swamp’s king had arrived, flipping our storybook expectations upside down.

A Whole New World – Aladdin (1992)

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On a magic carpet ride against a starlit sky, Aladdin and Jasmine take us on a soaring journey both literally and figuratively. It’s a tale of discovery, freedom, and budding romance.

Part of Your World – The Little Mermaid (1989)

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Ariel’s heartfelt yearning to be “where the people are” is beautifully captured in this scene. Amidst her collection of human artifacts, Ariel’s ballad showcases her desires and dreams. It’s a vivid reminder of the universal feeling of wanting to belong and the lengths we’d go for love.

Sailing the Ocean – Moana (2016)

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With the vast ocean ahead and determination in her heart, Moana’s maiden voyage is one of self-discovery. As she navigates the waves, guided by her ancestors and intuition, she embodies bravery and perseverance.

Meeting EVE – WALL-E (2008)

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In a post-apocalyptic world, WALL-E’s mundane existence is upended by EVE’s arrival. Their endearing interactions, ranging from comedic misunderstandings to moments of genuine connection, provide a stark contrast to the desolation around. It’s one of those moments that made us all a bit sappy, right?