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Films -- Animated

  • In Inside Out, Joy tries to get Sadness happy by asking what she thinks is funny. Sadness replies "Remember the funny movie where the dog dies?"

Films -- Live-Action

  • The Mask: While Mask!Stanley stages a melodramatic death scene, he pleads "Tell Auntie Em to let Old Yeller out..."
  • Stripes: While trying to inspire his platoon before their graduation, Winger asks them if they cried when Old Yeller got shot.
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  • The Nostalgia Critic:
    • In his "Top 11 Saddest Nostalgic Moments" video, scenes from various Disney movies are placed in the #1 spot, including the killing of Old Yeller.
    • In his review of Rover Dangerfield, the Critic gets annoyed by the title character and tells the movie to "go Old Yeller on his ass".
  • In Slimebeast’s story, Lost Episodes, it’s said that first time Sid edited a tape was to change this movie so that the dog instead recovers from the rabies. It’s implied that seeing the real ending contributed to Sid’s Start of Darkness.

Western Animation

  • American Dad!:
    • In "Surro-Gate", Stan says that a lesbian couple's son reminds him of the kid who shot Old Yeller and suggests they go find a dog to shoot.
    • In "The People vs. Martin Sugar", Stan rattles his list of his ten favorite fictitious dogs; Old Yeller is #3.
  • Animaniacs:
    • In "Bumbie's Mom", Slappy helps a traumatized Skippy learn that a tear-jerking death from a certain movie wasn't real, and the episode ends with the two watching an in-flight movie. Unfortunately, it's Old Yellow and instead of having Travis provide the Mercy Kill, it is somewhat implied that "Old Yellow" got killed (offscreen) by hunters.
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    • In "Hello Nice Warners", the Warners have Mr. Director play the unlucky dog in their film Old Screamer.
  • Family Guy:
  • Rick and Morty: Near the end of "Lawnmower Dog", a teary-eyed Jerry compares saying goodbye to Snuffles to the end of Old Yeller.
  • The Simpsons:
    • In "Dog of Death", Homer tries to tell his kids about "doggie heaven" and says that Old Yeller and "about eight Lassies" are there.
    • There is an episode titled "Old Yeller-Belly".
  • The Quack Pack episode "The Germinator" had Daisy read a parody of Old Yeller to Donald in order to make him cry out the shrunken Huey, Dewey, Louie and Dr. Tovar.
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