Heartwarming: Into the Woods
- The Baker's wife's motherly instincts for Red.
- In the film, instead of trying to stop Red from stealing the bread, the Baker's Wife doesn't mind giving it to her for free because it shows how much she really wants a child.
- You Are Not Alone. No one is alone...; where the characters sing about how sometimes people leave and you have to make your own decisions, but you're still not alone.
- The spirit of the Baker's wife appearing to reassure him that he can raise their child without her:
"Sometimes people leave you/ halfway through the wood. Do not let it grieve you. No one leaves for good."
- At first, when attempting to get the "cape as red as blood," the Baker tries just snatching the cape from Red. Naturally, once the Baker hears her crying, he gives it back, but later second-guesses that choice and goes after it anyway. This leads to him being the one that rescues Red and Granny from the Wolf, which leads to this exchange.
Red: Oh, Mr. Baker! ...You saved our lives. [holds out cape] Here.
The Baker: [overjoyed] Are you sure?
Red: Yes. Maybe Granny will make me a new one with the skins of that wolf!
The Baker: Thank you, thank you!
[he turns to go, but then gives Red a big hug and a kiss on the cheek, which she promptly wipes off]
- "No More".
- At the end, when Red Riding Hood and Jack ask the Baker if they can come live with him now, he tells them no. The two children both look upset, until the Baker finally gives in and says, "Yes! Yes, of course you can live with me!"
- The Baker and the Baker's Wife's duet of "It Takes Two", where the Baker's Wife has realized that her husband can change, and the Baker realizes he needs his wife more than he ever knew.
''Safe at home with our beautiful prize, just the few of us...'
- The fate of Rapunzel in the movie. She is Spared by the Adaptation and her prince does not betray her.
"Your hair! ...I like it."
- We also get this bit, after the pair are reunited and Rapunzel's tears heal the Prince's eyes:
- Rapunzel running towards the prince when she hears him calling her name, calling out for him, running across a snake-filled swamp in her bare feet without a second thought.
- Hearing some of the cut songs playing as background music over the scenes they would have been in. Almost as if to say, "no matter what changes, some things will remain the same."
- In the film adaptation, the first time Rapunzel and the Witch appear on screen, the Witch has brought Rapunzel some blackberries much to her delight.
- She just looks so pleased with herself, sitting on the windowsill and watching Rapunzel eat her berries with a grin.
- During press interviews for the movie, James Corden often joked that in a movie with witches and giants that the only unbelievable thing in the movie was that Emily Blunt's character would leave Corden for Chris Pine. After watching the youthful exuberance and the easy chemistry between the Baker and the Baker's wife in the song "It Takes Two", it's hard not to agree with Corden.
- In the movie, Cinderella seems to develop a Big Sister Instinct towards Jack and Little Red Riding Hood.
- When the birds report Prince Charming's wandering lips to Cinderella. Cinderella takes one look at the Baker behind her, the poor man holding his baby having just accepted his wife's death, and decides to never mention that in front of him. She confronts Charming later, but she never blames the Baker's wife, and lets him keep an untarnished memory of her.
- Cinderella's break-up with Prince Charming in the movie. Prince Charming had pursued Cinderella throughout film, to the point of being terrifying, and even tried to trap Cinderella in pitch. But the moment she gives him a good reason why she doesn't love him, he backs off. He silently accepts that she doesn't love him any more, apologizes for his behavior, wishes her the best of luck finding a better man then him, and rides away saying that he will always love her, even if he's not faithful to her.
- It arguably becomes less heartwarming when you consider that, depending on one's personal interpretation, that he might not always love Cinderella per se, but instead, might always love the challenge that Cinderella represented: 'The girl that ran away.'
- Similarly, there's the scene when Charming finds Cinderella at her stepfamily's house. Sure you could argue that he was just being insincerely charming, but the way he looks at Cinderella (who is dressed in rags and in the middle of her chores) before calling for the slipper is very sweet. It's believable that he had, in fact, recognized her in that moment.
- In the film, when all is said and done, the danger has passed but the Baker's Wife, Jack's mother, Red's mother, and presumably Red's granny are all dead, and Cinderella has broken up with her "prince charming," leaving her with no place to go. So what does the Baker do? Invites them all to live with him, Cinderella offering to help him take care of the house and children. Then the Baker begins to tell the story to his son, and Red and Jack sit down to listen, Cinderella sitting next to the baker. They may have lost so much, but you're content in the knowledge that these people have a family with each other.
- In the open air production, during the reprise of Into the Woods during the finale of Act 2, in response to "the light is getting dimmer" the Baker sings "I think I see a glimmer" while looking at the ghost of his wife, and she smiles back.