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Say what you want about Disneyfication, but there's no denying the warm and fuzzy feelings these moments from the best-known names in Western animation give us.

Other Films
  • The Small One: everything from "I need a gentle donkey, to carry my wife to Bethlehem" to the end.
    • "He's good enough to be in a king's stable!" The love between Small One and his master is palpable.
    • The tanner at first seems like just a terrifying villain, but after re-watching it, it's obvious the tanner is actually a very decent man. He can tell the little boy is nervous, and while he's sharpening a knife the whole time he seems to make a conscious effort to be as nonthreatening as possible. When he realizes that the child doesn't understand who he is, he also explains "Boy... I'm a tanner. I only want him for his hide..." in as gentle a manner as possible when it would have been simple to just say "Sure thing, kid, I'll take real good care of him". Small One likely isn't the only old, loyal friend that he's had brought to him, and while the nature of his work doesn't let him have too much empathy for the donkey, the tanner is nevertheless a good man and the gentleness he showed the two is a welcome contrast to the mocking auctioneer later on.
  • In Brother Bear, when Koda snuggled up to Kenai, mumbling "I always wanted a brother..."
    • Koda throwing himself into Kenai's arms, dispite Kenai now being human. AAAW.
    • Kenai choosing to remain a bear so he can watch over Koda.
  • Lady and the Tramp: Spaghetti kiss. Aww.
    • Darling is singing to her new baby, and Lady comes into see, then Jim Dear enters and holds Lady up so she can see the new baby and looks at it and wags her little tale, and both Jim Dear and Darling pet her. Lady is so sweet.
    • The ending, Lady is all grown up, Tramp is adopted and they have a litter of puppies.
    • From the sequel, Scamp's Adventure, we get the entire sequence of "I Didn't Know I Could Feel This Way"
  • While it might be a major Mind Screw (It was a collaboration with Salvador Dalí, after all. Yes, that Salvador Dalí), Destino also manages to be a major Heartwarming Moment once you start to figure out all the heavy symbolism. In particular, the final shot, with the silhouette of the bell inside the statue's heart? D'awwwww. note 
  • Pinocchio: The ending, when Pinocchio comes back to life as a real boy. Before that, it was believed that he died from the attack by Monstro after saving his father.
    • This exchange when Pinocchio decides to search the ocean floor to rescue his father.
    Pinocchio: Goodbye, Jiminy.
    Jiminy: Goodbye? I may be live bait down there, but I'm with ya. Let's go!
  • The Disney Fairies films themselves. That is all.

Other TV

  • Even Bonkers had one of these. In "Is Toon Fur Really Warm?", the scene where Marilyn and Skunky Skunk hug each other and this is after Skunky said he doesn't want to do a girls' birthday party because it would ruin his reputation and make him look soft. Jerk with a Heart of Gold, anyone?
    Marilyn (holding Skunky):You'll always be my favorite even though we'll never meet. Say, you're pretty warm. What am I talking about? It's just a doll.
    Skunky: [springing to life] Nope-a-roo! It's caaaandid skunk!
    Marilyn: Skunky! It's you! [they hug]
  • Furthermore, The Fluppy Dogs pilot had a gently subtle one. The young boy, having just gotten one of the Fluppy aliens, Tibby, out of the pound is told that he can't keep her, but he should offer her to a teenage next door neighbor, Claire. The boy, convinced that the girl hates him, comes to her front door to first awkwardly apologize for bugging her before trying to convince her, preparing for her to blow up in his face. Instead, he has that great moment a child's life when he realizes when someone he fears turns out to be far more pleasant than expected when she forgives him, just before her heart melts at sight of Tibby.
  • The finale for Pepper Ann should also count.
  • A meta-example: Has anyone noticed the back-to-back movies in Disney's Sizzlin' Summer block? Entirely Pixar. Either John Lasseter being the CEO has something to do with it, or Disney's finally forgotten their buyout of Pixar for a summer and said, "Hey, guys...we have a surprise for you...instead of wasting our time on our movies...let's let you have a month instead. You earned it." Sure, to some it sounds like a cheap cop-out. But to others, it means—perhaps there is a heart underneath all the merchandise.
    • Or they finally realized the true profitability potential of showing lots of Pixar movies on TV.
  • "The Whole World Wants to Wish You Happy Birthday, Mickey Mouse!" is a song made to honor Mickey's 50th birthday back in 1978. It's catchy, and also a very sweet tribute to him. This song was also played during Mickey's 50th Birthday Celebration and parade at Disneyland and Walt Disney World.
  • Speaking of catchy Birthday songs this song was made in honor of Donald's 50th Birthday back in 1984. and also played during Donald Duck's 50th Birthday Parade in both Disneyland and Disney World back in 1984.
  • Mickey Mouse (2013):
    • The ending to the new Mickey Mouse short "Potatoland", where Goofy is touched when Mickey admits that he and Donald made a potato theme park to make Goofy happy.
      Goofy: Potatoland may have been a dream, but our friendship is real.
    • The ending of the short "Tokyo Go" counts as well.
  • This video of Disney Characters surprising shoppers at a mall. Especially the ending.
  • This commercial for Disneyland Paris tells the story of a little duckling who becomes a fan of some Donald Duck comic books. When it's time to migrate, he tries to take the comic with him, but it's too heavy to carry and ends up falling into the lake. After flying south for the winter, his flock ends up in Disneyland and he gets to meet his idol in person!

Real Life Events

  • Every time Walt Disney was at Disneyland, cast members always knew he was in the park when the lamp in the apartment above the fire station was lit. Although Walt Disney is now gone, the Apartment's lamp is still lit to symbolize Walt Disney's enduring spirit in his original Magic Kingdom.
  • Roy Disney, Walt's older brother and company co-founder, was planning to go into retirement when his brother died. He made a promise to see that Walt Disney World would be built. Roy, who had mostly stayed out of the creative side of the company, became deeply involved in Disney World's construction and creative input, coming to understand the process it took create Walt's dreams. Roy intentionally named the Floridian resort after Walt. He sadly died two months after Walt Disney World opened, completing his promise to Walt.
  • In the documentary Pursuing Happiness, Richard Sherman recalled that when he was giving a lecture to a college, a student asked him how much money he made from the song "Winnie the Pooh". He responded by recalling an event from the Baby Jessica fiasco from 1987 where she asked her mother from the well to sing the song to her, saying that if Pooh can get out of a tight spot, she can too.
  • Walt Disney's daughter, Diane Disney Miller, spent her last years reminding the public about the humanity obscured by her father's corporate image. One way she did this involved opening the Walt Disney Family Museum. She also recorded intros for the Diamond Blu-Ray Discs of her father's animated movies, placing each in the proper context of his career. She didn't live long enough to record intros for all of these releases, and by an unbelievable coincidence, the last release confirmed to have her is The Jungle Book — the last animated movie made under Walt's supervision.
  • Some of the most unique licensed Disney products are Disney prosthetic hands for children. They are designed to be easy to produce for low cost, but still provide a great deal of functionality. In addition, the designs (inspired by Iron Man, Star Wars and Frozen) were chosen to encourage children not to be embarrassed or ashamed of their prosthetics. Not only was Disney willing to have their designers work with the company, but they provided funding for the project and licensed the designs without requiring royalties.
  • If one goes on Disney+ and uses Inspect Element, Walt Disney's "moving forward" quote can be found embedded within the code.

    “We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and
    doing new things, because we’re curious ...
    and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”

    Walt Disney