Tear Jerker: Fantasia

Fantasia

  • From the original, Ave Maria: There's just something about this mix of soothing and comforting animation and music immediately following the utter terror that is Night on Bald Mountain (not to mention the general intensity of the rest of the film) that it's almost impossible not to get a little choked up.
    • A bit of Fridge Brilliance, but Night on Bald Mountain/Ave Maria was based on dual concepts of the Judeo-Christian afterlife with the hell of Chernabog being contrasted with the heaven of Ave Maria. So the final scene of the cathedral leading out to the beautiful garden could be interpreted as someone's death and being welcomed to heaven.
    • While the music, animation and peaceful setting certainly do a lot to bring on the tears, the one moment that truly starts the waterworks is right when Julietta Novis comes in with her vocal solo. Her voice, combined with the rays of light that then open into the garden might just be one of the most simple yet profoundly beautiful moments ever committed to film or animation.
    • Before Ave Maria, there was this bit of gloomy ending music in Night on Bald Mountain that almost had us in tears, as evil has once again been prolonged another year.
  • In Rite of Spring:
    • The death of the Adorkable Stegosaurus ("Evocation of the Ancestors").
    • The scene where the doomed dinosaurs are walking through barren wasteland under the endless burning hot sun in a futile search for water (to the tune of "Ritual Actions of the Ancestors").
      • Especially the T. rex. Just moments ago, the audience sees the world of the dinosaurs at its prime, during which all the herbivores flee in terror at the presence of the tyrant lizard king. Now, the T. rex is no longer a formidable creature and, in its futile search for water, now marches alongside the very creatures it used to perceive as prey... a sort of Enemy Mine, if you will. But for all that, their search is fruitless, and the mighty T. rex collapses from the heat and dehydration. The king is dead... the age of the dinosaurs is truly over.

Fantasia 2000

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