Tear Jerker / Cats Don't Dance

  • Sawyer's backstory. She came to Hollywood with dreams of becoming a famous singer and dancer, and even though she was clearly talented, she never got any roles (since she's not human) and had to become a secretary for a talent agency.
    Woolie: Ah, poor Sawyer. I thought she'd be the one to make it. Such a dancer, with a voice of an angel...
    Danny: I never would have guessed...
    Woolie: That's what this town does to you, my boy. It wears you down.
    Danny: But I thought Hollywood was always looking for new talent.
    Woolie: Talented people, not animals. You see, the spotlight will never be on fellows like you and me. And it's foolish to think otherwise, Danny.
    • Also, once you know her backstory, a lot of her dialogue is quite depressing to listen to, especially this exchange:
    Danny: I don't get it. What happened in there anyway? Did I hit a sour note? 'Cause if I hit a sour note, I can go back in there! I can fix it! I can... I...
    Sawyer: Danny! They don't care! Don't you get it? What is it with you? Why are you so determined to make a fool of yourself?
    Danny: ...What do you mean? All I want to do is the thing I love. Doesn't everyone?
    Sawyer: I- *sigh* ...It's not that simple.
    Danny: It is in Kokomo.
    Sawyer: Then maybe that's where you should have stayed.
  • Sawyer tearing up when she found Danny's list. From the beginning of the film, she thought he was a selfish know-nothing jerk, but the list proved her wrong. He wanted to be famous just as much as she did and now he's going home with the list incomplete. Also in proving her wrong, she realized that he really did try and help her and the others accomplish their dreams, and that he really is a Nice Guy, so there's quite a bit of remorse in Sawyer for how she treated Danny.
  • Woolly giving up all hope after Danny inadvertently helps Darla frame them for the studio's destruction. His dreams, along with that of all the others crushed, he tells a guilt-ridden Danny that he should go home.
  • The Reveal after the flood when the animals see that Danny's "little angel" was Darla the entire time, having suckered Danny into helping her frame them all for the disaster at the studio.
    Sawyer: (Voice breaking) She was your little angel?
    Danny: She said she wanted to help us.
    Tillie: And you believed her?
    Danny: Well, I...I... (Sawyer looks away in devastation)
    • Especially bitter later when all of the animals blame Danny for ruining their careers, with Sawyer leaving to be alone when it becomes too much to listen to.
    • Danny looking so broken and devastated that he had brought this mess onto his friends and believed Darla's lies all because of his own naivety is also heartbreaking. You really want to give that poor cat a hug.
  • The Bus Driver's Wham Line as Danny is on the bus heading back to Kokomo. But it's seeing Pudge that really seals it.
    Bus Driver: Look at them out there, poor fools, they ain't got no future. Heh. What am I telling you for? You're not trying to be something you ain't. You're leaving this mess all this behind.