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Chachamaru's pactio. The way Negi tells her to believe (in him who believes in her) and then practically shouts at whoever oversees the pactios "Who the hell do you think I am?!", followed by Chachamaru looking at the card like her newborn daughter.
It only makes the moments with Maya all the sweeter.
The part where Kaorin does the folk dance with Sakaki. It's the perfect mix between funny and adorable.
The entire Chiyo-chan in a penguin sequence. Sure she is abused a little bit, but she is so incredibly adorable.
Chiyo-chan in general. Take the scene where Sakaki first meets Tadakichi-san: she comments that Chiyo could ride on his back, as she's just about the right size to do so. Turns out, she's already done so, and it's adorable.
Any scene with Osaka in it. Yes, even the creepier ones. If you think she isn't adorable, you're either lying or you haven't seen enough of her personality yet.
Cardcaptor Sakura. Both the manga and anime just make me feel so gooey inside. Even the commanding imperiousness of Yue the Judge, the silver moon spirit that took almost sadistic satisfaction in making hell for Sakura and Syaoran, is lost in the face of him being just so damn sugary sparkly pretty.◊
"Hayate the Combat Butler". For such an insane widget series, it has a lot of drama, heartwarming moments and almost all the characters, even the most flawed ones are likable (well, except Hayate's parents) and everyone has so much chemistry between each other. Any scene between Hinagiku and Hayate is bound to leave anyone feeling good and willing to do the same acts of love towards their loved ones that Hayate and Hinagiku do for each other.
Binbou Shimai Monogatari, Kyou and Asu's relationship is just so sweet and heartwarming. Especially, in the (much longer) manga which among other things includes a happy version of "The Little Match Girl" with them as the title character. Kinko and Ginko's relationship is almost as sweet. Also, deep down everyone is is a nice person. Yes, even their father.
In Dragon Ball Z, the Cell Game saga fillers. It wasn't a particularly Nightmare Fuel type show, but it wasn't particularly light hearted through most of it. It's just before the Cell Games and everyone's just having a hell of a time before the fight to save the world. Something about it is just... heartwarming. It's the main reason why I could stand those fillers. Yes, even the fight scenes that were in there were good too.
When Ouran High School Host Club isn't making you laugh from the sheer ridiculousness of its melodramatic comedy, it's warming your icy heart by devoting episodes to reuniting couples torn apart by circumstance or showing just how much the other hosts actually care about Haruhi at the end of the day.
My Neighbor Totoro, a Slice of Life movie about a loving family consisting of two young sisters, an attentive father, and a mother who is sick in the hospital (but getting better). And the furry, friendly supernatural critters the girls befriend.
Kiki's Delivery Service. An adorable young witch in a wonderful coming-of-age story, three loving mother characters, a surprising and beautiful change of pace when Kiki spends the night with Ursula, Scenery Porn worthy of the Louvre, and a heroic rescue at the end. And a cat romance. The whole movie is like the cup of hot coffee/chocolate Osono gives Kiki when they meet.
Ponyo. One of the few times I walked out of a theater actually feeling uplifted.
Whisper of the Heart. A sweet slice-of-life romance between two young people. The "Country Roads" scene in the violin shop is enough to make even a hardened macho dude sniff.
Ditto its quasi-sequel The Cat Returns - yes, there are some tense moments, but all in all the fantastical nature of the story, the beautiful visuals, and the wonderful Ear Worm ending song combine to make you just feel *happy* after watching it.
Shinryaku! Ika Musume has the title Ika Musume (squid-girl) planing to invade the world, because humans pollute the ocean. Though she might not have been successful with that, the show has invaded your heart. And also causes Awesomeness Withdrawal because it's that awesome.
Despite the characters living in something of a nasty, dangerous world, what makes One Piece good is that it's still full of Sweet Dreams Fuel of all kinds. It's loaded with hilarious and positively warm and fuzzy scenes. And you always come out of reading it feeling NO ONE is alone, and that your true friends will care about, protect, and stay by your side no matter what, and that miracles happen and nothing is really impossible.
You will have trouble finding something more awesome and uplifting than Luffy beating the ever-loving snot out of Arlong and ending the battle by breaking his base in half with one kick. * sniff* So awesome...
The Water 7/ Enie's Lobby arc. Even though it has a lot of depressing parts, it also has the appearance of Sogeking, Luffy going 'LEEE-ROOOOOOOOOOOOOY JENKINS!' on Enie's Lobby and declaring war on the World Government to prove he won't abandon one of his crew. This one cheered. One Piece is very good at taking all the depressing moments and turning them into Crowning Moments of Awesome.
Macross7, a lot of it, but especially the scene in Episode 37 when it's revealed that "the Sign of Peace" that a door locked with a riddle requires in the Protoculture ruins is a half-breed, someone born of two parents from two different races. That's when you realize in full force that humanity was nearly annhiliated by the Zentradi, a race of giants that knew only war and destruction, just a few years ago, and they were literally LOVED INTO SUBMISSION... and that it's all happening again, with what what was thought to be a soul-devouring Eldritch Horror about to be saved by The Power of Rock. All to the notes of the incredibly aptly-named Power To The Dream.
Sket Dance. The friendships. The endless and unique humor. The adorable characters. The endlessly cute and heartwarming relationship between Bossun and Himeko. This manga WILL make your day better.
Haibane Renmei. There's something about Rakka waking up and seeing everyone else just smiling at her.
Ichigo Mashimaro. The two sisters, the weird neighbor, the innocent girl and the British girl who can't speak English. There's a laugh in almost every scene with this group.
Fruits Basket is a great thing to watch marathon-style while in the depths of depression. It's basically a giant Hurt/Comfort Fic. The manga is better story-wise (and, you know, complete), but the anime is better spiritual ice cream binge material.
For that matter, what about the ending of the manga, after Tohru and Kyo hook up? Folks pair up with the people they've been in love with, the Zodiac curse is broken so they can show affection, we see that Kyoko was reunited with her husband in the afterlife, Akito is able to move on, and Tohru and Kyo end up Happily Married.
The Read or Dream manga is very much a Lighter and Softer version of Read or Die focusing on the everyday life of the Paper Sisters, three characters who interact excellently and very obviously care a lot about eachother. As a result the series consists entirely of this. The same goes for large parts of ROD the TV.
Nia. She's one of the only Moe Moe characters whodoesn't invoke revlusion from hardcore Mecha fanboys, partly because she's in one of the greatest recent mecha series, and partly because she's just too cute and sympathetic to hate. She gets even cuter in the dub, where Starfire voices her.
Most of the protagonists are like this. Even Leeron. EspeciallyLeeron.
But watch out for grains of Nightmare Fuel, such as the arm in Episode 20, Charles dying, Eureka getting petrified, Eureka pre-evolution, Hap sitting on the toilet naked, Coralians, typeZERO's rolling eyes, Anemone eating jam... Yeah, just be careful with it, ok?
The Power of Love and The Power of Friendship are central themes in Sailor Moon; when they're not fighting monsters, they're just teen girls hanging out, and some funny moments and sweet scenes of conversations between the girls are Sweet Dreams Fuel. Its humor is a good thing for it, and then sometimes Off Model-wacky art style adds to its charm to some.
Anytime a Code Geass character does anything genuinely sweet or romantic. Also, anytime Lelouch actually smiles for real (and any fanart that shows him doing so counts as well). And, any (non-violent) scene of any character(s) as a child/children!
Windy Tales. A few kids learn how to control the wind, and have fun playing with it together. Cats can fly. Girls can float. The bond between friends is nigh-unbreakable. Soft, relaxing music. A gorgeous, highly experimental art style. All wrapped up in one Thirteen Episode Anime that shows both the bitter and sweet sides of growing up—but likes to lean toward the sweet.
Kamichu!. A Slice of Life about an ordinary middle school girl who becomes a god, and lets her life continue mostly as usual. The characters actually look and act their age, there is pretty much zero fanservice, and the backgrounds are pure Scenery Porn. Any conflicts that arise are resolved within an episode, and several things happen just because they can—a WWE-esque cat wrestling match? Sure, sounds like fun. Amazingly relaxing.
Mokke. The relationship between the sisters Shizuru and Mizuki is so heartwarming, and even their realistically portrayed occasional bickering can't put any dents in that. Sure, some of the ghosts are scary, but in the end their appearance only seems to enrich the two girls' lives.
Don't forget the shrine maiden's song. While the lyrics are somewhat dark, the singing itself is beautiful. It's an in-universe example, too, calming troubled souls.
Hanamaru Kindergarten. It's... oh, my God, if you could weaponize cuteness, this show would be freakin' lethal.
Digimon Tamers is dark, but also outdoes the other seasons in terms of sheer cuteness factor. Culumon is just... It has to be among the most "awwwww" inducing critters. Guilmon's personality is utterly adorable outside of battle, Terriermon needs not be said ("Moumantai~"), Lopmon's frown doesn't make him less cute, and then MarineAngemon is introduced. Cuteness overload.
Minami-ke deserves mention, a funny and cute series involving the love of three sisters and their daily lives in their own schools and as a family. Full of funny moments and heartwarming moments as well.
While Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha has its darker moments, the show simply has such strong themes of forgiveness, second chances and acceptance that it ultimately becomes this.
All the Nightmare Fuel that happened before just makes the ending all the sweeter. Two words: July First.
The more innocent scenes are pretty heartwarming. Of particular note is any scene involving Rena wanting to take someone home. Especially, Hanyuu.
Time Of Eve: If you don't feel some sort of Hope for humanity/non-humanity you... well you probably still have a soul in some way.
Oh My Goddess!. Anhonestlyromantic couple, three truly close sisters, and a sweet, homey feel add up to over twenty years' worth of warm-tea-with-honey feelings. The five-episode OVA alone will fill you with amazing feelings.
Kimi ni Todoke: shy, socially awkward girl with low self-esteem gradually opens up and makes loads of great friends thanks to the influence of the nicest most-popular-boy-in-school you ever saw... and she does it without having to change who she is. It's adorable.
Angelic Layer, a lot of the music in the anime will easily make you smile and the main character Misaki Suzuhara is simply adorable and lovable. Seeing so many people from different walks of life become friends thanks to her and the Angelic Layer game will bring a smile to anyone.
Wandering Son. Behind the constant Tear Jerker moments is a cute, inspiring manga about two kids who just want to be themselves while being adorable.
Tamayura. Four girls on their quest toward adulthood, following their dreams, all while enjoying springtime in their beautiful seaside town. It makes one want to move to Takehara just to enjoy the view every day.
Chobits. Some parts of the series are admittedly veryserious (and, well, perverted), but most of it is the adorable antics of cute robot girls and a couple of intertwining love stories. What really makes it Sweet Dreams Fuel, though, is the atmosphere: the visuals are soft, pretty, and mostly pastel-colored, and the soundtrack alternates between sugary-sweet and soothingly peaceful.
Edward Elric: There's no such thing as a painless lesson. They just don't exist. Sacrifices are necessary; you can't gain anything without losing something first. Although, if you can endure that pain, and walk away from it, you'll find that you have a heart strong enough to overcome any obstacle. Yeah. A heart made fullmetal.
Mahoraba is a funny, heartwarming and strangely weird Slice of Life where every chapter is guaranteed to make you go "D'awwwww!" at least once. The characters are all absolutely adorable and the ending wraps everything up like a big hug in a warm sweater.
A Little Snow Fairy Sugar certainly qualifies. The night I began watching the show, I literally dreamed that Saga was playing my favorite songs on her piano with Sugar right next to me.
The anime version of THE iDOLM@STER. Almost every episode has An Aesop and leaves you with a good feeling about their world.
One Piece. I mean just look at the Straw Hat Crew, especially Luffy, Usopp and Chopper. Not to mention the extremely flamboyent world they travel through and the people they meet. You know what else? People communicate through colorful talking snails known as Den Den Mushis.
Ristorante Paradiso. Yes, it's a show about a damn near Mary Suetopia of a restaurant. Yes, said restaurant is called "Cottage of the Bear." But it's so sweet and nice that eventually you give in and get your sugar addiction on. My particular favorite episodes are the birthday parties of one of the chefs' son and the owner's wife.
Fairy Tail. This show, which is about a group of wizards fighting evil, is totally awesome and filled with heartwarming moments. It makes me really happy and never fails to bring on the "aww!" moments.
Girls und Panzer. Power of Friendship? Check.note Look at how Miho's new friends stand for her, and how she manages to fight her inner demons to return their friendship. And that's episode 1. Then they start deepening their friendship.Awesome Music? Check.note Katyusha, in Russian, song by all the seeiyu.True Companions to the second power?note Every tank crew is a group of True Companions, and the whole team is a hugeTrue Companionship. Check x check. Underdogs Always Win played straight but in a non-cheesy way? Check. Values Resonance? Check.note Heroes valuing fellow players' lives over victories at competitions; mutual respect (as explicitly opossed to unidirectional demand of such) betwen family members; team work AND individual initiative being both recognised as important... Sportmanship? Fair play? Fun for fun's shake? A Badass Creed that happens to be a statement of all the former, as opossed to conventional ass-kickingnote This is Tankery! It's not a war! Your tank will cry if you are a bad person! - even if mantained by one more than able to kick your ass? Check. Generaly uplifting story? Hell, check. Humor based on taking a totaly Crazy Awesomenote C'mon, it's GIRLS AND TANKS premise and playing it completly straight without taking itself too seriously? Check.
Hyperdimension Neptunia The Animation is an easy candidate with constant laughs and just heart warming moments. Every character will try to make you love them and just wait until the absolutely hilarious and adorable Peashy shows up.
The Toon Treasury of Classic Children's Comics is pure, unleaded Sweet Dreams Fuel from start to finish. Loaded with over 60 classic comics from a large variety of artists (some of whom were even Golden Age animators!) binded in a pseudo-classic book like fashion. The stories feature lovely artwork and stories handpicked by industry veterans like Art Spielgelmen (who you might know as the creator of the not-so-sweet dreams fuel ridden comic Maus)—stories that they feel are worthy enough to be read by the children of today.
There is also the Craig Yoe book The Golden Collection of Krazy Kool Klassic Kids' Komics, which also has a large variety of comics from many classic artists. The story selection isn't quite as impressive as the Toon Treasury book, but it's still a worthy addition to any classic comic enthusiasts collection, a fun read for any age, and just as loaded with sweet dreams fuel.
Nine Lives to Live: Felix the Catnote Absolutely no relation toThe Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat is a wonderful compilation of Sunday Felix the Cat comic strips penned by his creator Otto Messmer. Rich in imagination and fantasy, Felix embarks on many escapades, loaded with fun sight gags, good characterization, all told with Otto's imaginative rubberhose art style—even his props are fun to look at! If you're a fan of Felix, this book is a must have!
Another excellent Felix collection is the Craig Yoe book Felix The Cat's Greatest Comic Book Tales, offering a selection of stories that are truly ideal for children—loaded with lovely illustrations, cute fantasy stories, funny gags, and great artwork from Otto Messmer, Joe Oriolo and even Jim Tyer. It's also much easier to get ahold of than the Nine Lives to Live book.
The Complete Milt Gross is yet another excellent collection from Craig Yoe, featuring a plethora of hilarious stories from one of the best comic artists of the 30's and 40's! The artwork is hilarious bizarre and full of energy, and Milt's slang and witty dialogue, as well as his funny cast of characters made this ideal for someone who wants a little more spice in their sweet dreams fuel.
Mickey and the Gang: Classic Stories in Verse is a truly excellent, LARGE book loaded with classic Disney comics, Good Housekeeping magazine poems represented with beautiful hand-painted illustrations, and is crammed to the bursting point with trivia and information on Classic Disney. Great to read to your kids before bed, and a true treat for any fan of Classic Disney.
E.C. Segar's Popeye anthologies are all excellent comics that have stood the passage of time. While his artwork is fairly crude, Segar created some of the most memorable characters in comic history, and his wit is as sharp as a razor. Even if you're already a fan of the Popeye cartoons, the original comics will only enhance your appreciation for the series even more.
Krazy Kat is a truly surreal, but sweet dreams fuel inducing series. Not much more to be said.
Pretty much any comic made by Winsor McCay will fall into this, but his legendary Little Nemo comics take the cake.
Calvin and Hobbes is pure sweet dreams fuel from start to finish, loaded with great artwork, truly imaginative stories, and some of the richest, funniest characters to ever grace the comics page.
Tiny Titans: Aw yeah, Tiny Titans! If you're depressed by the team's sky-high body count and the book's downward spiral, please check out this book. Who ever thought Trigon could be even remotely adorable?
Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures in the 8th Grade: Supergirl, her sort-of-evil clone and Lex Luthor's kid sister get into wacky hijinks. Just the thing if you're feeling stressed.
Enfants, c'est l'Hydragon qui passe. A tenderhearted story about a boy, his father, and a cool boat.
Every scene in The Sandman where Death shows up is this. Yes, even though she's Death.
Owly: An adorable comic involving a friendly owl and the animal friends he makes, relying on only visuals and word balloons with pictures in them to get its messages of friendship across.
Superman. Has there been a hero who's brought this much hope to people? He's The Messiah, The Paragon, The Cape, basically the ideal hero. He has the powers of a God but never once uses them to hurt or control people. Despite the fact he get's overshadowed by Batman lately. Superman has always been synonomous with Hope.
Kalash93 gives us Songs Uncle Sings, a lighthearted, sweet short oneshot fic about how an uncle and a nephew bond and get to know each other through the power of music. It's all the more surprising that this little gem of feel-good innocence comes from a man whose works are not known for being the kind of thing you'd read to your children as bedtime stories.
While we're on the topic of pony fanfics, give How to Preen Your Chicken a shot. It brings the relationship between Rainbow Dash and Scootaloo to its peak in the sweetest way possible.
Also this◊, though it may actually creep/gross out some.
Wait wait wait, what?! No Blue Sky?! This thing is just brimming with Dream Fuel! Compare it to the ending of the game, and see just how sweet it is. It will fill your heart with feels, seriously. It even has its own page.
Speed Racer: While already the incarnation of pure awesomeness, the final lap of the Grand Prix crowns all other preceding moments of awesome. As well as the last two minutes and the dramatic reveal. If you aren't overcome with the urge to reach into the screen and give a specific character (avoiding spoilers here) a hug for their sacrifice for their loved ones, then i'm sorry but you may not have a soul.
Up: Whilst admittedly opening with a heartbreaking intro, a little further in everything suddenly becomes so relaxing, nostalgic and whimsical.
Vanilla Sky is one long pop culture love letter, all about the sweet and sour of life. Without the sour, the sweet wouldn't be as sweet. If you've seen the movie, you get it.
The Back to the Future trilogy. Even though time travel can be pretty terrifying and tearjerking from time to time, it still proves that you can shape your own destiny. Plus it is filled to the brim with multiple levels of nostalgia-fueled goodness. It is the Trope Namer for The Power of Love.
Terry Pratchett's Hogfather. I, for one, boycott each, every and all Christmas movies ever (sugar-iced, honey-coated, syrupy pieces of cheap tacky feelgood...) And that one manages to make me cry four to five times every time I watch it.
For example: Death himself, in the role of the Hogfather (Discworld's version of Santa), savingThe Little Matchgirl.
While the older version was good, the new Hairspray is pure Sweet Dreams Fuel, from the joyous dance numbers, to its giddy optimism.
Try, just try, to watch Sigur Rós' homecoming-tour documentary Heima without wanting to move to Iceland and just bask in a sea of etheral post-rock, cable-knit sweaters, and geological anomaly forever.
Pretty much any Pixar movie. If you can watch one all the way through without smiling at least once, then you have no soul.
This movie, typical of a Don Bluth film, has its tragic moments, but it balances it with some of the most beautiful portrayals of maternal and filial love ever shown on film. The soundtrack only makes it all the more heartwarming...
The end of It's a Wonderful Life looks cheesy and cliche if taken out of context, but taken with the rest of the film it makes excellent Christmas-flavored sweet dreams fuel. Many people owe their holiday warm fuzzies entirely to the creater, Frank Capra.
Mike Leigh's Happy-Go-Lucky: Poppy's cheerfulness really rubs off on you. Unless you can't stand quirky happy people who joke a lot :D.
The Magicians Hat, even though I've only recently discovered it and was only released in one language (which I don't speak). Try doing a youtube search for "Thistle sings" - the song, the voice and the imagery is truly sweet (and has considerably fewer gawky forest creatures than its prequel). But the Crowning Moment of Heartwarming comes at the end when the aformentioned Magician defeats the film's bad guy but in the process ends up being another victim of said bad guy's freezing curse (and due to the timing is not freed by the curser's death) and Fairy Queen, who has come to reciprocate his affection is able to remove the curse with her tears
Maybe it's just me, but for my entire life, any time I hear "The Rainbow Connection" my heart smiles.
Definitely not just you.
The Disney Animated Canon may be for younger audiences, but it feautures beautifully animated movies with sweeping soundtracks, loveable and relatable characters, and an idealistic, romantic viewpoint of the world. Examples include:
The Emperor's New Groove. Cute, funny, and so uplifting you won't care if it doesn't make sense. It has a great feel to it and I DARE you to watch it and not like it.
Bambi brings in the concept of heartwarming birth, and The Lion King, which also uses such a concept, has the song "The Circle of Life", which can be very heartwarming.
The scene from Oliver & Company where Fagan reads to the dogs and they fall asleep. Plus the song "Good Company" will give you the fuzzies.
Lady and the Tramp had the tagline "...and now his HAPPIEST motion picture!" and it lives up to this so, so much. The dogs are cute (and rendered in the typically beautiful hand-drawn animation of old-school Disney). They face some peril and adversity, but the only antagonists are of the One-Scene Wonder variety and not the kind seen in other Disney movies. They eat spaghetti while the chef serenades them. And eventually they give birth to adorable puppies.
Excuse me, "may be for younger audiences"? Walt Disney himself said, "I do not make films primarily for children. I make them for the child in all of us, whether we be six or sixty. Call the child innocence, although buried deeply it might be. In my work I try to reach and speak to that innocence, showing it the fun and joy of living; showing it that laughter is healthy; showing it that the human species, although happily ridiculous at times, is still reaching for the stars."
The Disney Fairies films themselves, Because Tinker Bell is cute and has Character Development unlike her Peter Pan counterpart and she also has five friends and a sister she didn't know she had, which also doubles as Major Sweet Dream Fuel.
Guest from the Future, a children's Sci Fi classic from 1980s Russia. The characters—both kids and grownups—are all likeable, especially Alisa, the future girl herself. She made a new generation interested in science and the future, and the actress, Natalia Guseva, became a scientist herself. And the theme music is always worth a listen if you want to feel good.
While Transformers is filled with Nightmare Fuel courtesy of the Decepticons, it also has the BGM Arrival to Earth. Why is it here? Because it's the theme of the Autobots when they, well, arrive on earth. it's majestic and fits the tone of alien robot guardians coming from the stars to save us better than anything else in the film, and accompanies what may just be the best sequence in any Michael Bay film.
While they are widely known for their dark and cynical films, a few of The Coen Brothers films may qualify, namely Raising Arizona, The Hudsucker Proxy, and O Brother, Where Art Thou?, mostly for their sheer insanity and optimism, even if they do involve baby kidnapping, people jumping out of buildings, and breaking out of jail, respectively. Also, watching The Big Lebowski can put you in a good mood, and even Fargo, one of their darkest films, can be sort of heartwarming.
You Are Umasou, a very cute and heartwarming movie about a Tyrannosaurus rex who was raised by kind Maiasaura and then in turn raises a baby Ankylosaurus as his own son.
Wreck-It Ralph, even with the appearances of Turbo and the King Candy Cy-Bug is still a heartwarming, funny, awesome, and wonderful animated movie with a massive emotional punch to it. It also has one of the most beautiful and heartwarming Like Brother and Sister relationships of all time, and the ending with probably cause tears of joy.
The Wizard of Oz is a beautiful family movie, a great fantasy movie and a classic loved by millions of people around the world. Ignore all the hanging Munchkin stories, reassure yourself that the Flying Monkeys are just actors in rather weird costumes, and sit back and watch your nightmares melt away with the songs, funny moments and the incredible acting.
To get rid of the Nightmare Fuel some more, just try watching any of Charlie Chaplin's Little Tramp movies, and of course, Laurel and Hardy's movies. You'll be laughing in no time.
Add Buster Keaton to that list. He'll remain stone-faced but you'll be hard pressed not to laugh.
Spring Heeled Jack, a half-graphic, half-novel about Victorian London's Batman as he rescues scruffy orphans with trinkets and takes on Mack the Knife himself, wittily and with great aplomb. When Philip Pullman does sweet, he does sweet.
The cangue wasn't Nightmare Fuel? Or Li Kwang's adventure? Or the thirsty sword? But the paintbrush, kite and flute made up for a lot of it.
On the subject of Lloyd Alexander, The Arkadians does it for me. Retellings of myths? A truly happy ending? Rainbows? Can it get any better?
Arguably also The Cat Who Wished to be a Man. It's a very innocent outlook on humanity, and while some of it is depressing and frightening, there are enough genuinly witty or sweet moments to make it worth it.
Audiobooks of A. A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh stories. A kind, grandfatherly voice narrating the adventures of the scatterbrained Pooh and his friends... I'm horribly cynical at best, but these audiobooks have never failed to put a smile on my face. The animated adaptations are good as well, but nothing beats the original stories.
Even just reading the books aloud is wonderful! Nothing is as adorable as reading about Pooh describing the lunch he packed while a series of little pictures show him packing said lunch.
Paddington Bear. You will never look at marmalade without a nostalgic smile ever again. Kind of like when you open a jar a Play-Doh.
Though you might wanna avoid, um I don't know, Hexwood, Charmed Life, The Time of the Ghost, The Homeward Bounders, Dogsbody, Eight Days of Luke... They are totally amazing books, just not exactly what you'd call cheerful. Actually I can't think of any book by her that's completely free of nightmare fuel, and I've read all but two. Still, that's what makes her awesome. You read about not nice things happening to nice people and end up with a warm fluffy feeling when it all works out. Only, like in a few of the titles above, sometimes it doesn't.
Terrence Real's books (which sort of straddle the divide between Literature and Real Life) are made of Sweet Dreams Fuel. This editor is particularly reminded of a retelling of "Echo and Narcissus" in How Can I Get Through to You?
Brian Floca's Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11. Yes, it's a picture book for little kids, but out of ALL the books that came out for the 40th anniversary of the moon landing, this one captured the beauty and wonder the best. ESPECIALLY the last picture, with the family running outside to play with the little toy rocket and the moon in the background.
Dinotopia. Especially the very first one. A utopia of poets, writers, artists, and scientists? With friendly dinosaurs? Brilliantly illustrated? Oh yes.
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou is like a happy, magical fairytale for grownups. Its whimsy and wonder are childlike without completely distancing oneself from adulthood.
So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish. We've followed Arthur Dent through so very much, from his house (and subsequently his planet) being demolished, going insane, and being given more reasons to say "So this is it. We're going to die" than any man should have in his lifetime. And in a few months, he recovers his planet (and subsequently his home) and finds true love with someone so right for him that she even makes the idea of leaving Earth once more bearable. It's remarkably sweet and somehow feels right to the point where the narrator can concede the point without losing the wit or the trademark simile-ing everything to death.
Connie Willis's Bellwether and To Say Nothing of the Dog. Particularly the second - all her trademark screwball-comedy dialogue, a charming homage to Victorian and Edwardian literature, and even in the darker bits, there's a sense that everything will turn out OK. Also, fluffy kittens.
Go break out the stash of books you read as a kid. Read one of your old Junie B. Jones books. You're welcome.
Doctor Dolittle. A man who does what he loves (talking to and helping animals) without caring about what other people think or how much money he earns doing so. His pets are all completely endearing, from Dab Dab the housekeeper to the parrot who first teaches Dolittle the animal's language. Turns to Tear Jerker when you realise the original form books have been out of print for 40 years.
The Little Prince. "You only see well with your heart. The essential is invisible to the eyes". Brings me to happy tears even as I write this.
As mentioned in the Films section, Death from Discworld is absolutely adorable — he doesn't quite understand humans, but he finds them extremely fascinating, and, in the end, he really cares about people, working hard to protect them from the Auditors.
Pretty much everything by Terry Pratchett can fall into this category, but ESPECIALLY his books for kids. Oh, and the final paragraph of 'Good Omens' (co-authored with Neil Gaiman).
Winnie-the-Pooh-AA Milne's stories are extremely heartwarming and funny, and reading one of the books will make you feel like a child again.
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, if read with the original illustrations, has plenty of funny moments and the pictures are beautiful to look at.
The Silver Key. Yes, even HP Lovecraft can induce this. Mainly due to this story's lack of eldritch abominations, or the fact that it's a story about a man finally being able to physically go to the world of his dreams, and become a kid again. No Outer Gods or Great Old Ones to lure him into a trap, just straightforward re-entering your dreams. It seems against every other thing the man wrote, which is why it's sweet dreams fuel.
Anything ever done by Monty Python whose comedic gold, acting, writing and the general enjoyment the creators had working on it can just make you laugh and enjoy their work WAAAY too much!
Pushing Daisies. Brightly colored sets, fantastic clothing, impeccably witty dialogue, and amazing acting. Should rightly taste like diabetes, but somehow everything works out in its favor (even the combination of the sweetness of Ned and Chuck and gruesome murders).
Gilmore Girls. The love that the mother and daughter have for each other, and not only that, even with all the troubles, Stars Hollow and the Gilmores are good people inside their hearts.
Mork and Mindy. Both the show and the titular couple. So much sweetness and optimism... why is it they don't make shows like this anymore?
Too Cute. A show about cute puppies and kittens growing up. Pure, concentrated adorable.
The Golden Girls. Whenever I am depressed or upset, the Girls cheer me up. True comfort TV.
Full House, from reminding you of life lessons of all kinds each episode to delivering safe but nevertheless funny situations, Full House is definitely a contender of the picture of 90s sitcoms.
Any Star Trek episode with the word "Tribble" in the title. In the original "The Trouble with Tribbles," you can just feel that all the cast was having a merry time being comedians for a change in a genuinely funny and charming story.
Really, the idea behind Star Trek in general. There is hope for the future. Humanity will survive, will settle its differences, will solve all its own problems, and then...we will go forth into the universe and be awesome.
It's more than that. It just perfectly encapsulates childhood, period, with a healthy dose of exaggeration. All the problems that seem petty looking back are displayed with outrageous importance, blown up to proportions that by all logic should seem too absurd to take seriously, but the characters are so genuine and their reactions so familiar and close to home that the lengths the conflicts are taken to seem justifiably as important now as they were then. The show takes you back to how it felt to search desperately for a missing Ear Worm or how unfair curfews seemed or how the local bully acted like a monster. But with that you get how it felt to have a crush, or end a fight with a friend, or do something nice for someone, or even just to relax. This show is an epic, feel-good tribute to what it means to be a kid and have fun without tasting like diabetes for a single moment. And it makes you laugh. So, yeah, perfect.
Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood. No one else has compared in the world of children's television, and Mr. Rogers cared about adults too.
What makes it better was that Mr. Rogers was the nicest man in the world during his life, and he loved everyone, even homosexuals. He'd defend them in church. And he always made millions of people happy, by telling them how special they all were and they were all unique. Despite all the cruel, stupid and untrue rumors about him, he was probably the Messiah in disguise, because he loved and cared about every person on the planet.
"Family Ties" is definitely sweet dreams fuel for anyone who was a child in the 1980s.
iCarly: iSaved Your Life. Freddie would sacrifice his life to save Carly, Carly realises how much he means to her, they kiss about 6 times in a very cute way (and one hot way in the extended version). They practically glow with happiness whilst they are together, and the final 'dawww', Freddie has a I Want My Beloved to Be Happy moment because he doesn't want to hurt Carly by taking advantage of her when he's unsure if her feelings are true. Even though it's a minor Downer Ending, it's a very powerful expression of his feelings for her and that it's not just some random teenage hormonal attraction on a show with practically no morals, aesops or lessons.
Also the relationships between Spencer and Carly, and Sam and Carly. Whilst most of the show isn't especially heartwarming, the 3 major relationships, Spencer/Carly, Carly/Sam and Freddie/Carly are a heartwarming core of warm fuzziness.
What about the 2011 Christmas special's ending, when the Doctor arrives at the Ponds?
What about Amy and Rory's wedding? Everything about that day is perfect, from her parentsly beinng brought back to reality, to Amy and Rory being happy and safe and able to be together, to the Doctor dancing like a loon to the three of them riding off in the TARDIS together.
Near the end of the finale for season six, the scene where River goes home to Amy and Rory's place, and Amy's whoops of joy when she finds out the Doctor's alive.
The entire show which has taught whole generations of people that a hero is a slightly barmy alien with a screwdriver who is a huge fan of our planet. Even his ship thinks we're bigger on the inside.
Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da is one of the most cheerful songs ever written, telling a nice small-town love story with a lovely happy ending. It even ends with the lines, "And if you want some fun / sing OB-LA-DI-LA-DA!", before one of the Beatles puts on a silly high-pitched voice and squeaks, "Thank you!" while one of his bandmates laughs.
And let's not forget George Harrison, who was a tank of sweet dreams fuel in his own right. Just listen to "All Things Must Pass." You could practically drift away on it. There's a reason George has been called "the soul of the Beatles."
"Evening Song" is a Russian lullaby that will leave you dreaming of the romantic city of Saint Petersburg standing serenely and triumphantly on the blue waves of the Neva River.
"Lullaby to Tim" by The Hollies. Despite the criticisms, I get all warm and fuzzy listening to this, right down to the WALL•E-styled vocals.
"To the Sky". It's simply impossible to hear that song without ending up in at least a slightly better mood than beforehand.
"Angels" and "Honey And The Bee" deserve mentioning, the former being a happy, peppy song that can easily make even the most paranoid feel safe, and the latter being an adorable love song told from the perspective of a cute little bug.
She also wears many beautiful costumes in her music video for "This Kiss", which also counts as a Sweet Dream, because she looks very beautiful and attractive in those many costumes and she also gets to kiss a guy underwater at the end of the video.
The song "This Kiss" makes can make you happy everytime you listens to it.
She recently became the 2013 Candies Girl and posed for some very beautiful pics.
As it is apparently Radiohead's goal to branch out into as many genres as they possibly can, it was only a matter of time before they created "Worrywort," possibly the world's most uplifting 8-bit alternative ambient post-punk post-rock dance-rock.
Almost anything by Donna Summer qualifies. Her music seems to emanate from a world of brightly colored lights and nonstop dancing and love. How can you NOT want to dance to Donna?
"That's the Way of the World" by Earth, Wind, and Fire. Makes me smile.
The Sanity Song. "We hear every damn day about our fragile country. We hear every damn day about the brink of catastrophe, and that it's a shame that we can't work together. But the truth is, we do. We work together to get things done every damn day."]]
The album Ghost by the Devin Townsend Project so much for this one. Starting off with Fly and Feather. The dreamy flutes and -what sounds like- Oboe, the sweet lyrics about a father singing to his daughter, gentle whispering ("Close your eyes and go to sleep... Peace to you..."). The whole album it comes from is generally this, it's hardly sinister at all compared to Devin's other works. In fact this one listens to it before going to bed it's so chill.
Emilie Autumn, has some sweet dream making songs such as Across The Sky, and Remember.
and her covers of such songs as Leclair-Tabourin, Vitali-Chaconne and Crazy He Calls Me.
Britney Spears has some sweet dream giving songs such as Strangest Love, Trip To Your Heart, Heaven On Earth, When I Found You, Everyday and State Of Grace
The Veronicas have "I Could Get Used To This" a song basically describing the(ir) ultimate boyfriend.
Also putting Colbie Caillat here. Particularly "Magic" and "Oxygen", but most of her music would fit here, either uplifting or loving or telling you it's okay to be afraid sometimes of little things like commitment (Tied Down) or of failure (It Stops Today)
Quite a few LM.C songs. Some of the best examples are "Punky Heart" ("You’re crying all alone but if you can just smile then it doesn’t matter if the whole world’s your enemy"), "Optimisland" ("The blue color of the sky that we always see as the color of tears just does not look that bad if I am with you, right?"), and "Ah Hah!" ("Every day, even if you’re meeting the worst moment in your history, say 'I just wanna be the happiest' - laugh it off; it’s OK")
Daft Punk´s Something About Us, Digital Love & Contact are the epitome of this. In fact Daft Punk in general work on fun and good vibes to make their music.
Just about all of Eric Whitacre's choral peices are Awesome Music, but the most uplifting are surely Sleep, the hauntingly beautiful Seal Lullabye (Dreamworks picked Kung Fu Panda over this?!), and especially the upcoming various solo, orchestral, and choral settings of the beloved children's classic, Goodnight Moon.
A lot of the music for the The H.P. Lovecraft Literary Podcast is created by one of the co-host's, Chad Fifer, and his track for the story Celephais is a wonderful soundscape of bell-like melodies, soft synths and calm, lapping ocean waves.
Even if you're not a fan of the show, Pinkie Pie's song "Smile Smile Smile" is a genuinely uplifting and nice song about how Pinkie likes to make her friends happy.
When your jimmies are more rustled than a forest after a hurricane, sometimes you just gotta settle down and listen to some Lakmé Act 1. Click, and let the blessings of the Unrustled Triumvirate wash over you like clean, sparkling bathwater.
Normally, Silent Hill isn't a source of heartwarming, but as evidenced by the case of Letter From The Lost Days from Silent Hill 3, there is the occasional tidbit. Especially in this song about love, keeping up hope, and wanting someone else to find happiness. "Oh, what a pair, me and you, put here to feel joy, not feel blue. Sad times and bad times, see them through—soon we will know if it's for real, what we... both feel..."
Shako-Pani makes drum-n'bass inspired tunes to briefly put your troubles aside by, with sweet melodies and a light atmosphere prevalent even in his most chaotic works.
Suzuka. Her works always seem to have an air of overwhelming beauty and pure, unadulterated soul, with melodies seemingly designed to remind you that better days exist, or at least help you take your mind off the worse ones.
Suntra's "Other Victories" album. Cheesy, video-game melodies made with old equipment, bring to mind an old RPG or a sidescroller set in a cartoony, surrealist world of the sort the cover only hints at, with a warm and cheery atmosphere building throughout.
Mozart, especially pieces like the Piano Concerto in G (#17), several of the piano pieces, a lot of his chamber music... The man was capable of amazing depths of happiness which cheer the very soul just by being so very happy to exist. Beethoven needed struggle against adversity, Bach was raptured in religious reassurance, but Mozart's music is just plain excited.
Ludo has a number of genuinely sweet, wonderful songs- I dare you to listen to Anything for You or Manta Rays without getting the warm fuzzies.
Windham Hill's first five "A Winter's Solstice" Christmas albums are filled with sweet dreams fuel. Get a copy of "Winter's Solstice III" (you can find them on eBay for a couple of bucks). Listen to the last track, "Earth Abides" by Philip Aaberg. The simple, quiet melody can move you to tears... and sing you to sleep. Seriously.
The Staunton Lick, by Lemon Jelly. An incredibly relaxing chilled out groove with a catchy acoustic riff, sounds like the soundtrack to a nice flying dream.
In fact, almost everything by Lemon Jelly fits this. To the point of having lots of children among their fanbase.
Aphex Twin may strike you as the type that would be this trope's polar opposite, right? Not so fast: in his early career, he put out two albums of ambient techno (Selected Ambient Works 85-92 and Selected Ambient Works Volume II). Turns out the guy behind "Come To Daddy" is also capable of stuff like "Xtal" and "Lichen."
All Saints's "Pure Shores" - a song that captures the word 'paradise' completely.
Atomic Kitten, especially "It's OK' which talks about a relationship that ended badly but they have both moved on and can still enjoy the good memories. "Whole Again", "Love Doesn't Have To Hurt" and their cover of "Eternal Flame" are nice and relaxing. And it's impossible to not want to dance along to "Be With You" and "The Tide Is High (Get The Feeling)".
Ralph Vaughn Williams' 'The Lark Ascending'. It's gently uplifting, not to mention incredibly evocative of the English countryside. Seriously, go listen to it and tell me it doesn't make you picture rolling green hills and leafy woods.
Florence + the Machine has given the world the truly astounding All This and Heaven Too, a song that seems to sum up the ecstatic feeling of loving something for the first time. Also, there's Strangeness and Charm, which seems to emanate the basic emotion of wonder in five grand, sweeping minutes.
Lisa Loeb has the infectiously sweet hit Stay (I Missed You.) While played to the point of Glurge in 1994, it has a unique cuteness that proves a potent anti-depressant in small doses... kind of like an opiate.
Listening to "You've Got a Friend in Me" from Toy Story is an easy way to get the warm fuzzies, especially if a specific loved one comes to mind. It's just so endearing and optimistic!
Where the Hell is Matt? This man goes all over the world and gets people to dance. Nothing more, nothing less. They just... dance.
Mind you this includes places like Kabul, Iraq, Bratislava, various African countries and other places which are more accustomed to see a Westerner, especially American in Humvee and with rifle, than with video camera doing stupid, if adorable, dance.
Smosh especially Lunchtime with Smosh and the vlogs on Ian is bored,where the guys just have fun and let out their adorkableness.
"It's a magical world, Hobbes ol' buddy. Let's go exploring!"
Yes. C and H is awesome.
Hey, waitaminute. C and H is a sugar company. Coincidence?
The quote's a bit of a Tear Jerker, considering the strip it comes from is the very last C and H strip. Every other comic of its ten year run is made of cute.
Frazz is one of the cleverest strips being published today, and frequently gives the warm fuzzies besides!
Cul de Sac. Take Lucky Star, remove the Moe, make everyone grade schoolers, and watch yourself become all giddy as you read it.
The Ku Klux Klan was listed in the now-removed real life section of the nightmare fuel pages, and quite rightly. But the method of their defeat, the complete changing of their image from a distasteful but marginally tolerable part of the American social fabric to a collection of hate-filled idiots, is most definitely this: Superman took them on, and won. No joke. For the serial "Clan of the Fiery Cross," one of the writers of the Adventures of Superman radio serial infiltrated a "klavern," as the Klan called their chapters, and loaded the script with every last possible bit of genuine Klan slang, methodology and doctrine. The Klan leadership was so panicked they even tried to get the serial cancelled by organizing a boycott of Kellogg's products in Atlanta. It didn't work.
Almost all of Shakespeare's comedies have at least a little of this in the final scene. Typically, there are Weddings for Everyone. A Midsummer Night's Dream ends with the promise of eternal love for all the couples, because the fairies are protecting them and will protect their children—plus, the laborers have put on their play, and everyone's going to continue partying, day in and day out, for the next two weeks.
Roll's theme song "Kaze yo Tsutaete". it makes you feel warm and happy inside just listening to the cute singing voice of Yoshino Aoki, especially the Japanese version of Tatsunoko vs Capcom.
Knytt: One of the best freeware games ever created, it's basically what happens when you take the atmosphere of ICO and turn it into a side-scroller. The graphics are deceptively simplistic but soothing, the music is ambient and lively, and the gameplay is so peaceful and dreamlike — there are almost no enemies in the game, no boss fights, and the only non-enemy way to die is to touch liquids. The crisp pacing and Metroidvania based gameplay, as well as its short length (it can be beaten in an hour) make it a soothing gaming experience.
Pikmin 2: The cynical ideas aside, in Captain Olimar's notes about a certain treasure you pick up, he describes how he choreographed a musical in which his Pikmin danced and sang on top of the "podium" that this treasure was perceived to be.
Imagine being able to hug Pikmin— if you want to get cavities...
Bring on the cavities, then!
Yoshi's Island, at least until you lose Baby Mario. Then it's pretty creepy.
Try Yoshi's Story, then. Eat fruit. Listen to happy music. Look at pretty pictures. <3!
He also manages to carry it over to Super Smash Bros. Brawl. Right after Link draws the Master Sword, usually a key point in his games, we see Yoshi... sleeping happily on a treestump.
And then Link gets attacked, and Yoshi just wanders up, still half-asleep, with an air that says, "Hey bro, what's goin' on over here? Oh, is that all? Cool, I'll give yez a hand."
Hamtaro: Ham-Ham Heartbreak, the adorable characters and the entire premise of helping bring the couples together, not to mention the "Duets" song
But when you fail you get red text with the word "fail". To compare this, imagine you're stroking the best kitty in the world, and accidentally nudge it wrong. The kitty looks at you and says, in the voice of Darth Vader, "You have failed me for the last time, insolent whelp".
At the same time, every once in a while the green text saying "So close! Just one away!" is really quite encouraging and refreshing; it takes away all the frustration of failing by only one and makes you want to try again.
For that matter, Final Fantasy IX, a charming thowback to past Final Fantasies, where you play as chibi-characters consisting of a cheerful, Chivalrous PervertLoveable Rogue with a monkey tail, a six year old Genki Girl with a small, adorable horn, and a klutzyChild Mage who is a walking embodiment of The Woobie, who each gain an integral and heartwarming lesson throughout the story. The save points consist of a wide variety of adorable Moogles (tiny winged bears with pomp pomps on their heads) that write your progress in a story book brought out of Hammerspace for goodness sake!
The entirety of Katamari Damacy. Na naaaaaaaa, na na na na naaaaaaah na naaaaa na na na na na naaaaaa...
Ah dun dun dikadika dun dika dun dun... The soundtrack is definitely what makes this one break the Happy Meter. DISCO* PRINCE is awesome driving music, Katamari Star is both happy AND melancholy, Walking On A Star and Fugue #7777 make me smile and giggle EVERY DAMN TIME I HEAR EITHER, and I have Beautiful Star for an alarm.
Katamari Damacy is essentially a direct antidote to the horrors of the Silent Hill series. It's the polar opposite!
Hey You, Pikachu! is pretty much cute in cartridge form. Not only is the only point of the game to have fun romping around with a young Pikachu, said Pikachu is pretty much the most adorably scatterbrained member of the species ever. Also, when you become very close, he will present you with Valuable Treasures like magnets and Pidgey feathers while singing a pirate song in Pika-ese. Eeeeeeee!
This game is made of the cotton candy from your childhood.
It has kind of a Bittersweet Ending where you have to let Pikachu back into the wild, but Pikachu comes right back and the game continues forevermore. After, again, the cutest credits sequence ever. Pikachu sings you a song.
My Pokémon Ranch. Chibified Pokémon playing with each other. A good deal of them are those you transferred yourself. The concept is way too adorable.
Don't forget Pokémon Snap. Pretty much just a leisurely tour of an island, taking pictures of Pokémon in their natural habitat. One lap around the ultra-serene starlit skies of Rainbow Cloud, with the ultra-cute Mew as your lone photography subject, and you'll be having sweet dreams in no time.
In Heart Gold and Soul Silver, the first member of your party walks with your Trainer. If they are sufficiently fond of you, when you interact with them, sometimes they'll dance happily, cuddle or hug you, find small trinkets like shiny pebbles or flowers and give them to you, or just is happy walking beside you. It's incredibly cute. And you can get ANY Pokemon to become like this, Arceus can love you just as much as Pikachu, Bulbasaur, and so on.
In Diamond/Pearl/Platinum, there is a character named Dr. Footprint, who analyzes how your Pokémon walk (or fly or scoot or whatever) and tells you how they feel about you. Show him a Pokémon that has a high/maximum friendship rating, and he'll spout adoration on their behalf. Even sweeter if you show him a Pokémon of a typically scary/evil species with a good friendship rating; he lampshades the species's ill repute and thanks you for loving it anyway.
Let's not forget the Pokemon Dream World in Black and White (2)! Just your Pokemon in a cute style doing cute things with other Pokemon with relaxing music.
PokéPark Wii is about as innocent and friendly as the series has ever gotten without being boring. Even the characters can be fun, including the sequel's benevolent Mad Scientist Reuniclus and its antagonist: Darkrai as a Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant with a jealous streak who genuinely wants to entertain everyone. And you can go out of your way to bring him back after his defeat and befriend him properly. When's the last time you've seen a Make My Monster Grow sequence in a Lighthearted Rematch?
A somewhat odd example from Baldur's Gate... Imoen discusses her Superpowered Evil Side and mentions that yes, she gets... urges sometimes in the middle of the night. Luckily it's just that the slayer wants a sandwich.
Florina and Serra's A support in Fire Emblem: Rekka no Ken. Florina's declaration of admiration and friendship is so sweet it renders Serra speechless beyond simply "Aww... Florina!"
Especially notable with Minit. Everything about her is cute, including the song she's in. Even her miss animation (in which she cries) and her "stage failed" animation (in which she cries and needs her brother Timer to comfort her) are cute.
The 'Good' ending of BioShock. Sure, the game has some of scariest, most profoundly messed up things ever, but that ending... It was such a Heartwarming Moment that you may shed Manly Tears.
The sequel's good ending also qualifies. Eleanor is free. Delta's nightmarish existence finally ends, and he will continue to live within his beloved Little Sister / daughter. And Eleanor is going to teach to the Little Sisters he saved to be good persons, just like his daddy taught her to be. Even Lamb, who for the whole game has been trying to kill you, is given a second chance at life, and will instead be a better person than she ever was. Awwww...
The Legendary Starfy <3! He's so cute and loveable and Kirby-like and has an even cuter sister to boot. The game is adorable.
Chibi Robo has, as its main objective, solving the Sanderson family's problems and making everyone happy. It is also cute.
If you add this unrelated music from Virtual-ON Force... Holy shit!! Even more of a Sweet Dreams Fuel for both game series!!! Imagine all the heroes making a victory march together in space after defeating the ultimate force of evil!!!
The Soar Star theme from Super Mario Galaxy. Everyone likes the flying dream, and it's the perfect soundtrack.
NiGHTS. Something about having a creature who is technically a nightmare protecting you in your dreams is incredibly comforting. Plus, "Dream Dream" is such a wonderful song.
The soundtrack to Ristar; yeah, you were on your way to take down the evil empire, but some of the music really made you feel everything would be OK by the end of the adventure. (Ristar's little "waiting" animations and the pictures during the end credits helped to drive that point home.) It would be great to dream about exploring planets 2, 4 and 5.
Ōkami has its moments. Scratch that, it's 90% Sweet Dreams moments. Sidequests include feeding kitties and making sakura bloom. The characters are all so loveable, from silly Mr. Orange to Queen Himiko. The brush gods are awesome, and Amaterasu is humorous as well as good-hearted. Even some of the battles are sweet—fighting Waka with his amazing flute-sword and fighting Hayabusa as he tries to trap you in a hole in the ground and do doggy business. Heck, in the Moon Cave and Oni Island dungeons, which are supposed to be NIGHTMARE fuel, just don't seem that scary once you meet imp chef Ajimi and Demon Paper Tobi.
Admittedly it has a lot of Nightmare Fuel too.
Come on, we've got to mention the ending. After being stripped of all your powers by Yami, the final boss, nearly all of the characters whose lives you've been working to improve throughout the game come to your aid, not by fighting, but by expressing their belief in you and your efforts. They finally show that they realize you've been working all along for them! The love these characters express inspire and empower you to regain your own power and defeat the embodiment of evil. Not to mention the Riding into the SunsetAnd the Adventure Continues closing scene.
The antics of your Dream Eater allies in Kingdom Hearts 3D can be quite adorable, even in the case of the ones who don't look particularly adorable.
Zelda's Lullaby from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time really would make a good lullaby. The way Link sways back and forth while playing it on his ocarina is also charming, as is the blue magic that surrounds him while he does so.
Even though it's only for Face Book and MySpace, the game Pet Society by Playfish. It's where you make a pet, and try to raise coins to buy nice-looking clothes and furniture. Absolutely nothing there is inappropriate, violent or creepy-looking at all. One of those games for all ages that all could enjoy.
Endless Ocean. Launch the game. Listen to the smooth music. Dive. Pet cute fishes. Relax.
Even the Nightmare Fuel -prone Castlevania has a few of this as well. The most notable should be the Lighter and SofterCastlevania: Portrait of Ruin, where Jonathan Morris and Charlotte Aulin, the close childhood friends, make the adventure as an opposite-sex duet, as opposed to the other protagonists going solo in the other Metroidvania games. From the way they interact with and tease each other, it gives a hint they have sincere crush with each other; Charlotte's wedding dress and engagement ring, especially when paired with Jonathan's tuxedo, further fuels this.
Just add any of the music of Salamander such as this, which happens to be from the same company as Castlevania, and you get a romantic duet adventure in space - Charlotte is a Vic Viper, and Jonathan is a Lord British/ Super Cobra, respectively.
Apart from the two protagonists, there's Jonathan regaining his respect for his father, and the general theme of familial love as expressed by Brauner, his daughters, and Eric Lecarde. The game even manages to make the relationship between Dracula and Death heartwarming!
Considering that the plot of the previous two installments of the series revolved around a Rival Turned Evil and the next one had a Big Bad Friend, it was surprisingly refreshing to see the protagonist find genuine True Companions in Aria Of Sorrow. Especially when you consider that their You Are Not Alone speech essentially convinces the Big Bad of the series to change his ways, and gives him back what he had lost centuries ago. And the story's being told from his viewpoint.
Even though it has some of the most potent Nightmare Fuel in the series, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night is almost pure 2-D sidescrolling bliss, with some incredibly enjoyable and atmospheric levels, some highly amusing and enjoyable weapons and familiars to use, and one of the beautiful soundtracks ever put to a video game. If the song Lost Painting doesn't put you in a dream like state, nothing will.
The music in Gradius gives this, in spite of the game's tendency to give Nightmare Fuel just like Castlevania. Hearing it over the course, how would one not think of an amazing, heroic space adventure even if one is fighting a war against the Eldritch Abomination??
Animal Crossing. An idyllic little town where you can talk to cute anthropomorphic animals, fill your house with fountains and spaceships (or whatever else you want), or just kick back and go fishing. This game is the perfect antidote to a bad day.
The music is uplifting too. Almost every track from the original Gamecube game is amazing, and cheery. Namely the title theme.
The ending of Ghost Trick: After a night of undoing death after death Sissel finally manages to fix the world so Everybody Lives. Even Kamilla's mother and Yomiel's fiancee. The ending sequence is an entire montage of everyone going about their newly renewed lives, peaceful and happy—including lonely kitten Sissel himself, who is adopted by Jowd and his family.
Think about this again: You broke one of the most persistent curses that inevitably plague any anime-style storyline: The dead mother. It feels like you flat out ignored the laws of the universe when you realize you actually brought Camilla's mother back from the dead!
The entirety of the Harvest Moon series is this, really; a pleasant little utopia where nothing bad ever happens and you can spend your days watering virtual crops and petting virtual animals. It's so soothing.
Nothing bad ever happens? What about Nina's death? Or worse, your own at the end?
Super-bad stuff may or may not happen depending on the game. Most of the bad things are minor in the scope of the games, and can be fixed. Crops drowned out by rain? You can replant. Animals mad at you or sick? You can make it up to them/heal them with medicine.
The entirety of Dead or Alive Xtreme/Paradise. A summer sports game and vacation sim with beautiful scenery, all about having fun on a beautiful tropical island vacation, which completely frees the series from the often quite dark storylines of the main series. They're even playing with the villain of the series as if they're all good friends! Awwww!
The downloadable game Always Remember Me, a dating/life sim game where you play as Amy, a girl whose boyfriend, Aaron, has forgotten her after a car accident. Not only does the game allow you to get the happy ever after with Aaron, but also it encourages you to play through again to try to get a different happy ever after with one of three other guys who in their own way, have feelings for Amy. Plus every happy ever after is the topped with a perfect ending scenario, making it like dipping a strawberry in ice-cream. And that's not even getting to the theme music for the game it will rekindle your belief in true love
Dark Cloud II. You go around the continent and restore things to its former beauty, helping and recruiting a colorful cast of NPC's to aid the heroes in their journey. The bright, cel-shaded visuals really add to the sunshiny look to almost everything. In between rebuilding the world and bopping monsters, if there's water nearby you can pull out your fishing pole and have at it, or play a funky cool version of golf (Spheda). And whenever you go fishing or play Spheda, a nice, soothing acoustic song plays
The Atelier series, with the exception of the Atelier Iris and Mana Khemia games, are about as sunny as an RPG series can get. There are no real villains outside of the monsters you fight, no serious threats to the world, country, or town, no wars, and a cast of fundamentally good characters. Atelier Iris and Mana Khemia games have villains and higher stakes, but are still more light-hearted than most Role Playing Games.
Bully. As much of a Crapsack World it is with an almost frightening portrayal of Adults Are Useless, you can rest easily knowing that if this actually did happen in real life, someone would have called the police and Bullworth would have been closed within a year.
The entire ending of Luigi's Mansion: Dark Moon. The once again friendly ghosts playing with the protagonists really sells it. Even Luigi, who's normally deeply afraid of ghosts, is actually enjoying himself. He even adopts the Polterpup!
Professor Layton And The Miracle Mask. Happiest ending of the series and some really adorable moments, including a mini-game where you take care of a rabbit and teach it tricks for performing circus acts.
Tokimeki Memorial is generally a big dose of sweet dreams fuel, but "love mode" in the DS version of Girl's Side 2nd Season is just full of squee. It has a wonderful song and the guy you've been chasing muttering things in a mushy voice (you don't even need to speak Japanese to get the gist of it). Plus it only activates when he really likes you and the date went especially well. Poking them too much occasionally results in a Crowning Moment of Funny, too.
Anything from Team Starkid. They're just a bunch of kids in college goofing around and being ridiculous, but they're all friends and it's so clear that they love what they're doing. Not to mention that for all the ridiculousness, all of their plays have this heart to them deep down. Couple that with all the amazingly talented actors and writers they've got with them, as well as the awesomelycatchy music and the insanely quotable humor, and you've got something totally awesome. I lessthanthree all of those Starkids out there. :)
The story Love. Being on a site dedicated to creepy stories just helps.
Similarly, Sim Albert, where a ghost haunting The Sims 3 uses the game as a second chance at life, and is granted it by the player who is genuinely moved at the sad state he's in.
Futurama - great show, lots of moments that are Sweet Dreams Fuel, but there's something about the theme song that just puts a smile on my face every. single. time.
The theme song was so innovative, it almost didn't make it onto the show. The Futurama theme is based on "Psyché Rock", one of the more accessible compositions by musique concrčte progenitor Pierre Henry. In that context, however, it's possible for music to be relatively accessible yet almost devoid of melody. (To be fair: both pieces somehow have a melody, despite being based almost entirely on percussion.)
The characters are enough. And the laughs make everything so great.
The Simpsons may be full of dark satire and bitingly sharp wit, but just three seconds of any town scene, or a single frame of the opening credits, let alone an entire episode; is enough to cause an explosion of cozy, bright-colored, safe, nothing-will-ever-change security.
Dexter's Laboratory makes me smile just thinking about it. Anyone else love this inventive, clever show?
Me me me! And I love the "Justice Friends" cartoons, too.
The Justice League episode "Comfort and Joy" makes me smile. Especially Ma and Pa Kent greeting their son's guest, the Martian Manhunter. "Oh, we're used to aliens around here." And Superman trying to use his X-ray vision to see through the wrapping paper. Love it.
I love the episode "Flash and Substance". A fun, lighthearted episode with wonderful dialogue. And Mark Hamill as the Trickster. And great character interplay. I understand this episode is a fan favorite, and I can see why.
Bagpuss. Of all Peter Firmin and Oliver Postgate's "small worlds", this may be the sweetest and most comforting. The songs will instantly transport Brits of a certain age back to their childhoods.
Recess. The show is built on awesome, heartwarming, and funny moments. The characters are all very likable, and the main six kids are adorable. This will bring anyone back to their elementary school days.
Agreed. The creators come from Rugrats, which is already full of Sweet Dreams Fuel to begin with, and most of the episodes have really good lessons about life at the end. And let's face it, almost anyone who grew up watching the show wanted T.J.Detweiler as their best friend.
The Pre-pieman 2003 Strawberry Shortcake series qualifies. Nothing too scary ever occurs in the show and it and episodes always end on a high note.
PB&J Otter. Just PB&J Otter. It's from the same minds that brought us Doug!
Walt Disney. Not the modern company, but the man himself. Regardless of all the rumors, you can't look at a picture of good old Uncle Walt smiling and not smile. His voice also had that "kind father telling bedtime stories" quality to it - even when he's outlining his plans for the Florida Project, there's a genuine warmth in his voice.
Small Potatoes. A bunch of potatoes with British accents sing about things like being a good friend and enjoying the little things in life as is Small Potatoes Bill Thompson & The Small Potatoes. D'aaaaaawwww.
Batman: The Brave and the Bold Is the one Batman series where it's lighter and softer compared the the previous animated takes on Batman. However what takes the cake is the tearjerker/crowning moment of heartwarming ending that shows almost every character, good and bad, have a little goodbye party, before the show is canceled. All topped with Batman telling that, so long as evil exists, he'll be there to stop it even in the next show and that is sweet dreams fuel indeed.
Batman: So, this is really it. Ambush Bug: Yeah, looks like. At least you can say you had a good run. Batman: A great run. (to the camera) And until we meet again, boys and girls, know that wherever evil lurks, in all it's myriad forms, I'll be there, with the hammers of justice, to fight for decency and defend the innocent. Goodnight.
The You Are Not Alone trope page is a little overemotional at times, but mostly it's just very genuinely encouraging.
Just discovering this wiki is a heartwarming moment for some. It's clear from the very first page one reads that this is where stories go to be celebrated.
The 'And the Fandom Rejoiced,' pages. Did you think you were the only one who cared about (insert obscure work here)? Of course not.
The page image of Strawberry Shorthand. Just look at that tortoise ^_^ And the caption is just perfect.
Cute Overload. To the point where I consider it very very cheap therapy. It's hard to have a bad day when there's a website devoted to cute.
BBC Radio nightly Shipping Forecast. No, really. There's a beautiful orchestral arrangement called "Sailing By" played in between the preceeding programme and the actual forecast (as a buffer, both to allow sailors to easily tune into the station and to fill time before the shipping forecast starts at 00:48hrs precisely), which is Sweet Dreams Fuel alone. Then there's the forecast itself, whereby the weather report for the seas around the coasts of the British Isles is read calmly at dictation speed. The whimsical names of the sea areas, the news of rough conditions at sea while listeners are safely at home and the hypnotic pace of the forecast make the programme popular beyond those solely interested in nautical weather. It's a Great British institution, and it aids a restful sleep.
The recent Travel Nevada ads. Beautiful footage plus a great song never fails to make me smile. In fact, it's the only ad on YouTube I don't mind watching. An example can be found here.
Bogleech. Yes, seriously. It's a site made by someone who absolutely LOVES all the creepy crawly, wiggly icky, creatures in the world. What does this mean, and why is it Sweet Dreams Fuel? Because it shows that, no matter how many people may dislike something (or someone) for not being aesthetically pleasing, there are some people out there who thinks that it/him/her is great. The whole idea of the site is just unbelievably sweet if you view it from this perspective. And educational too! ...But then, if you happen to scare easily, you may want to view the site during the day, find the aesop by sunset, and then go to sleep with that happy thought in your mind.
Any Disney Theme Park, particularly because of attractions like Soarin', Philarmagic, Muppet*Vision 3D or the like. Hey, they don't call it the "happiest place on Earth" for nothing, even the sight of the Castle and meeting your favorite characters (Mickey, Minnie, Pooh, Tigger, Tinker Bell, Periwinkle, Rosetta, Iridessa, Cinderella, Ariel, Jasmine, Rapunzel, etc.) can make you feel emotional.
TED Talks. There's something about people talking about technology and how great the future will be that makes me feel…happy.
Pick up a copy of the audiobook version of Clockwork Angels, a novel based off the album by Rush. The audiobook is read by Neil Peart, Rush's drummer and lyricist, and while he isn't exactly the greatest actor in the world, his voice is deep and booming and soothing and kind of has a "grandfather-telling-you-a-bedtime-story" quality to it, even if the plot of the novel (set in a dystopian steampunk universe) doesn't necessarily constitute itself to a bedtime story. Neil's voice is just so sonorous and relaxing.
Pomeranians. My God, the puppies. Ever wanted a pet teddy bear?◊ ◊ ◊
Small greek domestic dogs! I mean, how can you refuse this cute look◊?! (Granted, most puppies fall into this)
Albino pekingese◊ look like what you'd get if you cross-bred an Ewok and a bunny that was also the living embodiment of pure joy.
There's a reason vizsla owners often refer to their pets as 'velcro dogs.' Vizslas love to be around people and will stick very close to you, especially if they think you need cheering up or protecting (also, they're ADORABLE )
Westies. Fluffy white balls of cuteness and unconditional love and curiosity. They love people and have the sweetest eyes ever. They're better at making you feel better than any antidepressant in the world.
A litter of kittens, old enough to chase each other madly about. Running wildly around, stopping for pets at random moments, and then dropping into a kittenpile until they recharge for more of the same.
Gizzmo the Fennec Fox pup. And his Cat and Dog friends.
Hamsters.◊ Especially teddy bear hamsters◊ (the ones with really long fur). I mean, just look◊ at the cute little thing! They're very cute when you put one in a plastic hamster ball and let it roll around on the floor. My mother once watched my hamster do that, and she decided, "You know, if you're depressed, you should just get a hamster." Not without reason did she say that.
Pet rats. Imagine a big, hyperactive mouse that can rest in a scarf and eat practically any human food from pasta to hamburgers. Now realize that this animal has little rounded ears & beady little eyes. Now think of the fact that you can take this critter on a walk around your house, teach it to recognize words, and often give mischievous, playful grins as they scamper about you, each other, and your furniture. In fact, Rupert Grint adopted Scabbers after filming because rats can be That. Damn. Cute.
I was going here to say the same thing. Rats are the sweetest.
This puppy and it's whistle. It makes you realize that the good things in life are sometimes the smallest.
Foals Everything about them, with their small knobby little legs and their little hobble walk. So cute.
Going to a natural history museum as an adult, looking at all of the dinosaur displays, and getting flashes of that "Dinosaurs are/were really big and really cool!" sense of wonder and awe from when you were a child. Even better if you can watch actual children demonstrating it with big smiles on their faces.
Oh God, did you have to include the links to the adult animals? The fish especially is Nightmare Fuel. Here◊ are◊ some◊ cute◊ things◊ to make up for it. (That last is a mouse deer, which are a whole category of adorable all on their own.)
Maine Coons! The Gentle Giant of cat breeds. Plus they are very talkative and love to snuggle up to their owners whenever they can.
Birman cats are also giant fluffs of cute! They are known for their docile nature, enjoying spending time with humans and other pets and just have great, relaxed personalities in general, let alone their beautiful blue eyes and their gorgeous fluffy coats! And their white little paws! And! AND! Bwah! Just SO cute!◊
Fireflies. Going outside during summertime, just as darkness is falling, and watching all the slow-moving, flashing bugs. They make me think of stars on earth.
"And I get a thousand hugs from 10,000 lightning bugs.." Good song
The feeling of belonging. Especially after being the loner for so long, it's delightful and amazing to feel part of a group.
I imagine for a lot of people - conventions and other fan events. There is nothing like this.
Oh, conventions, most definitely. A whole group of people — maybe one hundred, maybe two thousand, whatever — come together just to adore the thing they adore. Everyone enjoying each other's spectrum of creative works, staying out until strange hours, having so much fun that some forget to eat and bathe (a sidenote: if you go to a convention, please eat and bathe.) It's hard to put the right words to that kind of concentrated delight.
Watching a little fawn take its first wobbly steps, first faceplant, and then get back up and start running.
Reading this page after spending several hours reading the old War And Crimes Against Humanity page and and similar, reducing to tears from the sadness. I now have a smile on my face and tears of heartwarming.
The feeling of gratitude that seems to radiate from people after you've organised something, or just done something for them in general.
Christmas morning. Whether you're eight or eighty.
Going outside on a cloudless night, and as your eyes adjust to the darkness, seeing the millions of stars in the sky.
Freedom, a disabled bald eagle rescued by a wildlife sanctuary, later returned the favor by comforting her keeper as he recovered from cancer. The description of basically being hugged by a giant bird of prey is awesome with a capital 'aw.'
Knowing that, despite all the scary ass shit in the world (as demonstrated in the 'Others' section of the Nightmare Fuel page), there is a pretty, peaceful, colorful side, is good.
Guinea pigs. They're just adorable. Feeling down, angry, or any other negative emotion? Just watch this.
Especially Teddy Bears.
As we know stuffed animals are a great toy to hold for comfort, whether you've been crying over a breakup, had a bad day, your hope came crashing down or if you're feeling lost and scared. Nobody is too old to hug a stuffed animal for comfort.
Or snuggling up to a real animal (providing it's a domesticated dog and cat that knows you, of course) Just having your pet be with you, feeling him/her beathe in content in your arms...it just reminds you that there's at least one creature on this whole planet that cares about you. After all, who else will take care of him/her?
The sight of a fully lit and decorated Christmas tree.....there's just something so magical about it.
Sunrises. There's something so wonderful about the promise of a new day and a fresh start.
Getting help from a stranger. Be it carrying your grocery shopping to your car, holding a door open when your hands are full, or picking up something you've dropped, few things are nicer than that split-second interaction that somehow manages to be so meaningful. Along the same lines, helping someone out with something, stranger or not, can give you a warm, fuzzy feeling.
This Eastern Screech Owl. Its tiny little call is the most adorable thing, only to be topped off by the fact its entire body literally vibrates as it makes its call!