The Ultimate Guide to Christmas Specials

Christmas TV specials, limited series and movies are bigger than ever these days from now until the New Year, you’ll be able to find some festive yule-tide programming every night of the week. From the traditional viewing of It’s a Wonderful Life, the different versions of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, to baking shows and live music specials, we’ve got them all listed on the new Christmas TV Specials page. (Since not all of the networks list their specials early, this list will be updated throughout the coming weeks, so check back often for new additions!)

12 Animated Movies that Messed Me Up

How to Train Your Dragon 2 messed me up
Hiccup (center) and his father is reunited with his long lost mother in How to Train Your Dragon 2.

Animated movies, the ones made by Disney in particular, have always found a way to pull on our heart strings. What parent doesn’t tell their child when seeing one that, “It will get better - trust me.” However, the scenes that made you cry when you were little may not make you shed a tear later in life. In turn, after becoming a parent, different scenes can have a bigger impact on you than your children. Some scenes are not necessarily sad, but instead are very beautiful.
How to Train Your Dragon 2 has one of those scenes and it is that scene in particular that moved me to write this piece. Although there are many more, here are 12 scenes from of animated movies that messed me up. (Warning: Spoilers ahead!)

Bambi loses his mother

Bambi (1942)

When Bambi’s mother is shot.
Bambi and his mother are in the open field when she senses something is wrong. She tells Bambi to run to the thicket. The music builds and builds. “Faster…faster,” she says, “Don’t look back!” and then a shot is fired. Bambi keeps running and thinks that they two of them have made it safe at home, but she is not behind him. The music stops. It is now snowing and Bambi walks out of the thicket to try to find her. He calls, but she does not answer. Eventually Bambi runs into his father who says “You mother cannot be with you anymore. Come, my son.” and the two walk away in the snow.

Manny remembers his parents in "Ice Age."
Blue Sky Studios

Ice Age (2002)

When Manfred the wooly mammoth studies the cave drawings
Manfred and friends are in a cave and they notice cave drawings of tribesmen and mammoths. The drawings remind Manfred of his own family and how they sacrificed their lives to save him. That event left him an orphan and it is this memory that gives him strength to reunite the human baby that the three of them are caring for, back to his parents.

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