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  • Whether it's The Adventures of Milo and Otis or the original Japanese version "Koneko Monogatari", this is what you get no less than half the time. Some of the more upbeat music in the Japanese version cements this.
  • August Rush. And how.
  • The John Hughes movie Baby's Day Out. Yes, it exists, and it's 99 minutes of Baby Bink giving you diabetes by being just a cute little baby, while the three kidnappers that have held him for ransom get their butts handed to them trying to get him back.
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  • The 2003 remake of Cheaper by the Dozen and it's sequel.
  • A Christmas Story: This is Ralphie's reaction to Aunt Clara's gift. Poor Ralphie. Even his father finds it ridiculous: "He looks like a pink nightmare!"
  • At the beginning of Commando, when Arnold Schwarzenegger plays the daddy of a fourteen year-old Alyssa Milano. They do all kind of sugary things, like playing in the pool, learning karate, and especially feeding a goddamned deer. Get to kicking the villain's ass, already!
  • During The Day After Tomorrow, the rescue of the Littlest Cancer Patient.
  • The first three minutes of Enchanted was a parody of things that taste like diabetes.
  • High School Musical. Note that it and Hannah Montana were very popular until all of their fans reached their seventeenth birthdays, and both are now seen in a negative light, with this trope as one of the reasons. High School Musical spawned two sequels (with another in development), a spinoff movie, stage adaptations, and tons of merchandise.
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  • Honey, I Shrunk the Kids's sequel, Honey, I Blew Up the Kid. Specifically, any scene with Wayne Szalinski and his two-year-old son Adam, the namesake kid. An example, where Wayne makes his voice squeaky to portray Big Bunny at Adam's bedtime:
    Wayne: (holding a stuffed bunny toy) You know what I was thinking, Big Bunny?
    Big Bunny: What?
    Wayne: I'm thinking we should be nicer to our brother Nick, you know why?
    Big Bunny: No, why?
    Wayne: Well, because he's moved to a new place now, and has got to make new friends, just like you and me.
    Adam: Yeah?
    Wayne: Yeah.
  • Parodied in the Marx Brothers film Horse Feathers. Thelma Todd's character is going out with Groucho, in an attempt to steal some football signals for a rival college. She adopts an extremely cutesy and high pitched voice and says "If Big-Stwong-Man don't let Icky-Baby see the football signals, Icky-Baby gonna cwy!" To which Groucho somehow manages an even more cloying voice and responds "If Icky-Baby don't stop talking like that, Big-Strong-Man gonna kick all her teeth wight down her thwoat!"
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  • The first half of the musical and film Mamma Mia!! is ridiculously cheerful. It is a musical based on ABBA songs, after all.
  • Parodied and lampshaded in The Naked Gun: 33 1/3 - The Final Insult, when Frank and his wife are in a marriage counseling session, they devolve into baby-talking pet names, at which point the therapist states "Mr. and Mrs. Drebin, please - I'm a diabetic."
  • Any cute characters from the Star Wars films is this. Whether it's the Droids, Jawas, Ewoks or any cute looking characters.
  • Being an adorable puppy voiced by five-year-old American Idol contestant Kaitlyn Maher made Tiny from Santa Buddies ridiculously cute. To some, irritatingly so.
  • In the MSTing of the movie "Santa Claus (1959)," Tom Servo (accurately) refers to Lupita, the main child character, as "aggressively cute."
    "Lupita, no!"
  • Parodied in the opening scenes of A Series of Unfortunate Events about "The Littlest Elf." This is straight from the book, with the Show Within a Show often being invoked as an example of "books you should be reading instead of this one." The scene is cut off about two minutes in, leading to a short monologue from Lemony Snicket.
  • Toys: The Christmas musical at the beginning.
  • Pretty much any Hallmark original movie shown on the Hallmark channel. All the characters (especially the CHILDREN) are so sappily unrealistic, you just may want to gag, leave the room, or both. Extra sap points when it's a Christmas movie.
    • Double Bonus Points when said Christmas movie features a helpful old man with a beard. Could he somehow be the really for real...?
      • And speaking of Christmas movies, pick one.
  • The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure Look-ee. And yes, it's a feature film.
  • In Back to the Beach, the Big Kahuna, excited at the prospect of seeing his daughter, goes off on a sugar-ladden, sickeningly cute pet names for her. Lampshaded when his son tries to stop him before...the entire rest of the airplane cabin break out the air sickness bags.
  • In-universe in Addams Family Values: The summer camp full of rich kids of WASPs, which of course makes it a living hell for Wednesday and Pugsley.
    • A little girl explaining how her mommy got a baby, invoking every trite and saccharine "where babies come from" myth of the past few centuries. And it leads to Wednesday's Crowning Moment of Deadpan Snarkery.
    Young Girl: And then Mommy kissed Daddy, and the angel told the stork, and the stork flew down from heaven, and left a diamond under a leaf in the cabbage patch, and the diamond turned into a baby!
    Pugsley: Our parents are having a baby, too.
    Wednesday: They had sex.
  • Disney's adaptation of Babes in Toyland could count, but especially the song "Just A Whisper Away".
  • As noted under the Theatre folder on the main page for this trope, The Sound of Music couldn't avoid falling into this on the big screen. Its raging success as the A New Hope of The '60s led to A LOT of Follow the Leader productions courting family audiences, which helped to nearly kill The Musical as a film genre for good in the West when most of them flopped. One reason for that is that some of these musicals fell into this trope more often than Sound or Mary Poppins (which came out the previous year) ever did, coming off as ridiculously sentimental and increasingly outdated as New Hollywood emerged. Common tropes to these included adorable children, belting leading ladies, Large Ham comic relief, light fantasy elements, Sherman Brothers songs, period settings filled with frilly Costume Porn and Scenery Porn, and Love at First Sight. Examples include Doctor Dolittle (1967), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (the Child Catcher aside), Half a Sixpence, Finian's Rainbow, Hello, Dolly!, Song of Norway and its Spiritual Successor The Great Waltz, Lost Horizon (1973), The Blue Bird (1976), The Slipper and the Rose, Pete's Dragon (1977), The Wiz, and Annie (1982). Even edgier musicals such as Oliver!, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, and Popeye, can fall into a vat of sugar at times (i.e. "He Needs Me" in Popeye).


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