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Tear Jerker: Dumbo
Baby Mine, don't you cry...

  • The "Baby Mine" sequence, with Dumbo's mum barely able to reach her baby with her trunk through the bars of her tiny cage, is heartbreaking.
    • The music alone is beautiful.
    • It doesn't help that they mix Dumbo not being able to be with his mom with scenes of all the other baby animals being rocked to sleep by their mothers.
    • There's a reason Animation Historian Micheal Barrier has praised this sequence—the emotions in the scene are so real, you can't help but share your sympathy with Ms. Jumbo and Dumbo.
    • It's a famous enough tearjerker to became the subject of a gag in another movie. In Steven Spielberg's 1941, one of the characters (General Stilwell) goes to see Dumbo in theaters, 1941 being the year the film came out. There's the inevitable scene of him crying when "Baby Mine" starts.
  • The whole of Dumbo was so traumatizing to watch Mrs. Jumbo be locked up for trying to protect her son and all that time they were separated!
  • Not even slightly comparable to the above in terms of sadness, but directly after Dumbo's humiliation is when Casey Jr sings a few depressed bars of his song, and you realise that the circus has been dealt an enormous blow, remembering the terrible damage caused inadvertantly.
  • Right after Mrs Jumbo is locked, Dumbo comes over to the other elephants who ignore him! They really deserved what Timothy Mouse did!
  • The movie in general is a true tearjerker because it shows Dumbo being mistreated and humiliated for having big ears. It goes From Bad to Worse as he was later separated from his mom for trying to protect her son. This movie can bring back unpleasant memories of being mistreated for being different, parent separation, and rejected by people. Sure, he has a happy ending but still...
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