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Tear Jerker: Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs
After the chase and death of the Queen, the dwarfs return home to find Snow White dead and the soundtrack skips to complete and total silence for a full minute; after the musical chaos of the previous scene it's the cinematic equivalent of a punch in the gut.
Technically, the scene isn't completely silent; there's very soft organ music playing in the background, but the effect is still there. The shots of the Dwarves crying... ANY shot of a Disney character crying is pretty saddening, especially Grumpy, who is far in the corner of the room they're in, and begins to cry just as well.
The worst part about that is that Grumpy can't even bear to look at her after all the crap he gave her.
When the dwarves are surrounding her coffin and are all placing flowers, then Grumpy is the one who goes up to put the flowers into Snow White's hands...aw man, it gets people every time.
This doubles as a moment of heart warming as well, but the scene with the huntsman when he hesitates to kill Snow White, you can't help but feel bad for him. He didn't want to do it, but he knew it would be his death if he didn't regardless he made her run for it instead.
There are stories of how Snow White was allegedly the first animated anything to make an audience cry at the premiere. After months prior to the release of people calling the movie "Disney's Folly," saying that an hour and a half of color/animation would drive people mad, etc., a bunch of grown celebrities/film industry members broke down over the sight of a dead cartoon character. Seeing Dopey sob into Doc's shoulder probably didn't help...
It's an especially masterful one, as in some versions of the film after the sheer musical chaos of the chase and death of the queen the scene of the dwarfs with the "dead" Snow White cuts to complete and total silence for a full minute, it's the cinematic equivalent of a punch in the gut.
The most Tear Jerking thing about this movie is not actually a part of the story. In Don Bluth's guide to animation, Bluth himself, former Disney employee, described the point during production where Disney ran out of money halfway through the film. With no way to finish, he had to go to the bank and beg for another loan in front of a board of executives. As an aid, he brought along fragments of the half finished film, fragments which astounded the entire board. When finished, the Head Executive got to his feet and made what, for a business man at that time especially, constitutes a tremendous leap of faith into the complete unknown:
"Gentlemen, in fifty years time, nobody will remember the names of any of the people in this room. But they will remember the name Walt Disney. I'm in."
Heck, the entire final scene, reawakening included, always turns this troper's waterworks on, ever since she was little.
This troper watched the film for the first time in several long years, and the part that made her cry the hardest was "Someday My Prince Will Come." Why? Because she remembered what would happen to sweet, innocent Snow White after. The thought of someone wanting to harm Snow White- a young, gentle person- is heartbreaking. And no one in the film knew what would happen to Snow White soon after...