- Geppetto's Adult Fear scene when he walks the raining streets in search of his puppet-son who never returned home from school is hard to watch. Geppetto wanted this little puppet boy to be real so he could have someone to love and care for, and after one day, he's already lost him.Geppetto: [agonizingly] What could have happened to him? Where could he be at this hour? [determinedly]...I better go out again and look for him.
- Geppetto walking through the pouring rain at night, his forlorn cry for his boy drowned out by a crack of thunder. He looks so helpless.
- When Pinocchio is locked in a cage in Stromboli's caravan and Jiminy fails to pick the lock, they lament their misfortunes, with Pinocchio crying for his father and even Jiminy getting tearful over leaving the little puppet. It's a good thing the Blue Fairy arrived when she did.Jiminy: A fine conscience I turned out to be.Pinocchio: I should've listened to you, Jiminy.Jiminy: No, it was my fault. I should've gone out on you.Pinocchio: [starts crying] Guess I'll never see my father again. [sobs]Jiminy: Oh, buck up, son. It could be worse. Be cheerful... [breaks down and cries] LIKE ME!![Pinocchio begins to sob harder, causing a tear to fall on Jiminy's hat]Jiminy: Awwww, take it easy, son. [pulls out a handkerchief, and holds it onto Pinocchio's nose] Come on, blow. [Pinocchio obliges] Atta boy. [blows his own nose with the same handkerchief] Oh, well, it stopped raining anyway.
- Also when Jiminy discovers the pen where the Coachmen keeps the donkeys that can still talk.
Alexander: [sobs] I wanna go home to my mama!!!
- Made all the more hauntingly tragic since unlike so many examples here there is no uplifting conclusion to this. This is the last we see of those poor boys as they are likely sent to some horrible fate by the Coachman for the rest of their lives. The endearing designs and voices used for the donkeys doesn't help one bit.
Jiminy: Boys? So that's what...PINOCCHIO!!! [later] I hope I'm not too late!
- This line from Jiminy when he discovers this atrocity. He's abandoning Pinocchio and his duties as conscience, but when he see what the boys on Pleasure Island end up becoming, he rushes back to save Pinocchio.
Alexander: [All the talking donkeys start protesting] Please, please! I don't wanna be a donkey!
- Lampwick's transformation. Especially the part where he begs Pinocchio for help, even telling him to call Jiminy not realizing that Jiminy, having learned of the island's curse, was already on his way but would not be there in time to save him.
- Bit of Fridge Horror/Fridge Tear Jerker in it when you realize: those boys' parents will never know what happened to their sons. All they will ever know is that one day, their little boy didn't come home...
- The boys being stripped of their humanity as their clothes are torn off and all they can do is bray helplessly, realizing that they are likely doomed to live the rest of their lives as otherwise ordinary working animals, with no way of turning back or of anyone ever realizing that they had once been human.
- Lampwick crying for his mom. He may be a jerk, but still... poor kid.
- The fact that Lampwick's fate is left completely ambiguous after he runs away from the pool hall. One must assume he was condemned to the same fate as the other boys. In the unlikely chance that he managed to escape, imagine how helpless he probably was forced to fend for himself as a donkey, without even Pinocchio to help him.
- All the boys who can still talk pleading the Coachman to let them go and to change them back (especially Alexander), only for their pleas to fall on deaf ears.
- In a Deleted Scene Pinocchio tries to take Lampwick with him, only for Lampwick to be caught and tied up, last seen urging Pinocchio to forget about him and save himself.
- When Geppetto see's Pinnochio's Donkey ears and tail and asks what happened to him, the brief moment when Pinnochio timidly tries to explain everything very likely resonates with many people's childhood moments when they had to try and tell their parents that they did something bad.
- "Pinocchio... Swim for shore! Swim for shore! Save... yourself..."
- Even decades after the ending became common knowledge, Pinocchio's apparent death scene still contributes handsomely to the well of tears Disney sought to reap from its audiences.
- If one hears closely, the music that plays during Pinocchio's 'funeral' is an instrumental Dark Reprise of 'When You Wish Upon A Star'.
- "When You Wish Upon A Star". So happy that it brings tears.
- This moment is likely to wring Tears of Joy: "Solid gold, too! Oh I think it's swell."
Tear Jerker / Pinocchio