Which Disney Movie is More Sad? He Says/ She Says

Our biggest disagreement to date:
She Says: It’s so sad when Mufasa dies in The Lion King. That was the saddest scene in all of Disney.
He Says: Not as sad as when Bambi’s mom got shot.
*stunned to silence*
What say you?

CanCan says:

I vote Bambi, b/c it is way more sudden.

Randi says:

MUFASA. B is straight up wrong on this one.

Traci says:

I gotta go with Mufasa on this one.

bkbisous says:

Mustafa’s death was the saddest, but I think it’s because the Lion King was the premiere animal movie of my childhood.

Sarah says:

Gotta agree with your hubby on that one. Bambi was the saddest moment for me.

Sorry, bambi’s mom had me in tears for days.

B + K Michon says:

Um, have you ever seen fox and the hound? I am 24 years old and cannot watch it. It is so sad…..

Mindy1024 says:

BAMBI!! Hands down!

Lindsey says:

You’re both right – they’re both saddest! lol I might have to say Bambi though because it traumatized me the most… haha

Samantha says:

Can I pick Fox and the Hound? Have you watched it lately. SAD!

I’m going with Mufasa. I even had tears in my eyes when I saw the play in Vegas last year.

toi says:

I think both have the sadness about them, but I guess I remember Lion King the best. Maybe because I saw the play as well.

I vote Bambi! But I wouldnt let my daughter watch either one at this point. She is only 4 and I think these movies are a tad to sad/scary her age.
Last thing I want is her waking up witha bad dream that I died or her daddy died trying to save her…

Dianne says:

I gotta go with Bambi 🙁

Q+U says:

Ooooh that is hard! DH and I discuss this often. I’d go with Bambi – the way he says, “Mother!” gets me every time. Dumbo’s another sad one =(

Della says:

Definitely Bambi!

Good one….I think I’m gonna have to go with Mufasa. Maybe I should watch Bambi again to see. I have not seen it YEARS.

Rachael says:

I agree with the two who voted Fox and the Hound. But based solely on the options of Bambi and Lion King, I’d pick Bambi, because at least Simba got to see his dad again in the stars.

Kristen says:

I dunno. . .I think when Nemo’s mom dies, or when the dude from Up’s wife dies are up there on the sad list too.

Elaine says:

I definitely say Bambi’s momma…
=( Makes me sad just thinking about it….

Ok, all of y’all who don’t grew with me are crazy! Kristen, Nemo’s mom? UP dude’s wife? We don’t even remember their names!! Mufasa’s death brought me to tears numerous times. Bambi’s mom, ok it was sad but not as sad we didn’t get to know her like we knew Mufasa. Rachael you do have a point. That did make me feel a little better later but still, I can’t believe so many of y’all are taking his side!!! 😉

melifaif says:

Bambi takes it! Mufasa and the Lion King teach us and our lil ones about the Circle of Life….but Bambi is just sad. And an initentional shooting/murder. And well, yeah – Mufasa was technically murdered too….but yeah. What a debate?!?

The girls says:

That’s a hard one because they’re very different deaths. Bambi’s mother’s death was so sudden and tragic. Everything he counted on was ripped from him in one horrible moment.

On the other hand, Mufasa’s death was much more sob-inducing (IMO). The way the writers of The Lion King focused more on the bond and love between the parent and child made the murder seem more real to the audience. He watched in horror as his father died. The emotional effects lasted longer for me. I say, therefore, that Mufasa’s death was way worse than Bambi’s mom.

Anonymous says:

Bambi. A) a baby animal needs it’s mom more than it’s dad (in most cases). and B) Bambi’s mother’s death was human-caused. 🙁

Veronika says:

For me the saddest moment, between the two, will always be Bambi only because I was younger when I saw it vs. my age when I saw Lion King. They both made me cry though!
As far as the saddest moment in all of Disney… let’s just say I am in my 20s and still can’t get through Dumbo without tears. I cry sooo hard every single time. I can’t stand the thought of little Dumbo being apart from his mommy like that! It’s awful.

Sarah says:

now that’s a tough one. i saw bambi when i was like 5 so it has more of an impact in my memory…

{swank}mama says:

And he remembers this how…??!


Faith says:

hmm, they both had me in crazy tears … i might have to vote Bambi … that was just so sad … gets me sad just thinking about it!

I say Mufasa. It was so sad… and you got to know Mufasa better as a character, and Simba. And then Simba felt like it was his fault, which was way sad.

YUMMommy says:

I think they are both sad but Lion King is sadder because Mufasa was betrayed by his brother. Betrayal by a family member is the absolute worst.

Beth says:

I say Old Yeller is worth than both of them put together.

Anonymous says:


Rachel says:

I know I’m posting this WAY too late, but I have to say the saddest scene in all of Disney films for me, is when Ellie dies in the movie UP. I bawl my eyes out every single time.

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