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Tearjerker / The Jungle Book (2016)

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  • Mowgli's goodbye with Raksha.
    "Never forget this. You are mine. Mine to me, no matter where you may go or what they may call you, you will always be my son."
  • Shere Khan killing Akela.
  • Baloo telling Mowgli he never saw him as a friend so that the boy may be persuaded to leave the jungle and get away from Shere Khan.
    Baloo: Well, I did it. And that's about the hardest thing I ever had to do.
    Bagheera: I know.
  • The pleading look Bagheera gives Baloo when he asks for his help. Noteworthy, since Bagheera is a rather composed feline who rarely shows emotion.
  • Throughout the film Bagheera sounds fairly down and subdued, likely because of his own grief with having to send Mowgli to the man village and likely never see him again.
  • King Louie, in a mixture of Kick the Dog and Moral Event Horizon, telling Mowgli during the chase that Shere Khan killed Akela....and further twisting the knife by saying it was probably on account of him. Later, he finds out Louie wasn't lying, but Bagheera and Baloo already knew and didn't tell him.
    Louie: Akela? Oh, you didn't hear? Shere Khan killed him. Must have been on account of you.
    • Mowgli's angered reaction them both when he does find out shows some effective acting chops for a child actor on his first feature film!
  • At the climax of the film, Mowgli grabs a torch in order to fight Shere Khan. When Shere Khan approaches him, he claims that the mancub has now become a man by harnessing the Red Flower, the destructive force that was destroying the jungle around them, making all of the animals fearful of Mowgli; even his wolf cub brothers!
  • The scene of a mother bird feeding the massive cuckoo chick in her nest. Shere Khan having just explained how cuckoos operate, and keeping in mind that all the animals in the jungle are sapient, it's profoundly depressing.


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