However, the fact that mother dearest has already passed away off-screen does not constitute as a death. I’m talking about the hard stuff, the protagonist watching his or her mother die in front of him or her.. “The Walking Dead” would be on this list if it were made into a film. Aside from Carl being a stoic badass, there are a slew of films in which the mother dies as a significant plot point. Even though it’s considered an insult, every man has some degree of “mama’s boy” characteristics. While father and son have a certain level of competition, mother and son are nothing more than a give-and-take of protective care. When these on-screen mothers died, you can sure that the men in the crowd had a good laugh.
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The Land Before Time
In the sense of “has harmed the most childhoods,” I believe this is the strongest contender on our list. It’s an animated feature film about a herd of dinosaurs trying to reunite. In contrast, this picture begins on the most depressing tone possible.
A wise-beyond-his-years mum is talking with Little Foot, the Apatosaurus protagonist (think Brachiosaur). “I’ll be with you…even when you can’t see me,” says his mother, demonstrating strange precognition of her imminent demise. If I don’t see you, what does that mean?” Every time Little Foot says, “I can always see you,” the audience breaks down in tears. As the movie’s intended audience will quickly discover, this infant has no notion of death. Fortunately, the film provides him with quick training in that notion. Little Foot is haunted by the death of his mother throughout the film and for decades to come.
Apparently humans are the most depraved of all animals! As a “mother dies” film, Bambi is a classic, but murdering a parent doesn’t make it any more emotional or meaningful. This was a masterpiece of a death. Intense music as the hunters move in, birds fleeing at the sound of a gun, and Bambi and his mother fleeing the scene… and the deafening hush that followed. Our awareness of the death of Bambi’s mother much outweighs his, and we die as a result.
There’s nothing more heartbreaking than leaving a young youngster all by himself with a corpse that used to be his universe. To make matters worse, we, as humans, are the ones to blame. Incompetent people.
Guardians of the Galaxy
A complete and total moron, if you have not yet seen this film. Do yourself a favor and go see this!
Unlike “Futurama,” the film begins with a look at the beloved oaf’s origins and then moves forward to depict him in the future. For the first time in his life, Starlord witnessed the death of his mother/husk in front of him. This sequence, more than any other in a non-action film, perfectly captures the agony of witnessing a parent’s death in front of a child. Starlord Peter Quill (I love you, dude!) can’t bear to engage with his mom as if everything is fine, so he first flees into his music, then after failing to accept her hand he retreats out of the building (and the solar system, incidentally).
As heartbreaking as this is, I’m not sure I want him to hold his mother’s hand. Certainly, from her point of view, she merely wants to give her child one final touch, but from his point of view, this is a horrific distortion of his mother, aiming to rob him of more positive recollections. Only the “Awesome Mix” recordings, which Peter has been listening to for years, are reminders of Peter’s boyhood and his home planet.
4. The Hunchback of Notre Dame
On the basis of what we observe, this is the most heartbreaking, as we see our mother’s death. A club to the back of the head was used on the steps of a church. Not even a deep slumber or a cutaway to an artist’s vision could save him. And we’re baffled as to why this Disney film isn’t as well-remembered as the rest of the canon.
That’s it. This is all I have to say about it. Mom was beaten to death in front of us in a movie that was deemed appropriate for children. Then it got to work on us in a big way.
The Fox and the Hound
An artist’s death is a blessing in disguise. However, even if we don’t see how he died, the circumstances surrounding his death still affect me. Bambi’s mother was slain by a hunter, but at least Bambi’s mother could be eaten by a poor family thereafter in Bambi. What’s so great about this alternative? This mother will be slaughtered for cheap sport if she isn’t already.
As a result of being raised and trained to hunt each other, two monsters create a relationship in this picture. That’s all well and good, but the fox’s mother was hunted and slaughtered for amusement because her ancestors didn’t develop such close friendships. FOR ENTERTAINMENT’S SAKE! A MOVIE FOR KIDS!