Cartoons are generally fun but has one come along and torn your heart out? Some cartoons can be emotionally powerful, and may have molded our childhoods even. Here are 10 moments when cartoons reminded us that we have emotions and made us cry:
1. “THAT’S TOO MUCH, MAN!” (BOJACK HORSEMAN)
Lisa Hanawalt and Raphael Bob-Waksberg’s Netflix series breaks down their characters to devastating effect. There was a moment when Sarah Lynn, BoJack’s TV co-star had turned into a drug addict and passed away after reminiscing about her dreams of being an architect. This tragedy was a searing indictment of BoJack and the toxicity of show business.
2. “JURASSIC BARK” (FUTURAMA)
Episodes like “The Sting” and “The Luck of the Fryrish” makes strong cases for making this list. The Futurama movies’ attempts for softening the blow do not negate this evil genius. Seymour, he waited for his master to come back and wanted to see Fry again and then eventually died waiting for him.
3. “HEART OF ICE” (BATMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES)
Mr. Freeze was sympathetic and Batman thought that he may be reasoned with, but Freeze was dedicated to avenging his wife. Many versions of Mr. Freeze have played on Bruce Timm and Paul Dini’s reimagining and the episode’s greatest flaw may be that it is responsible for the disaster.
4. “APOKOLIPS… NOW” (SUPERMAN: THE ANIMATED SERIES)
“Apokalypse Now”‘s sadness was heightened by how the episode is a tribute to a real person. Ben Turpin was modeled after Jack Kirby. The Kaddish prayer at Turpin’s funeral was a tribute to Kirby’s Jewish faith.
5. “TALES OF BA SING SE” (AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER)
“The Tale of Iroh” follows Iroh, the wisest character and he is going through a normal day and is being helpful to people. He then sets up an altar for his dead son. Iroh then wishes his son a happy birthday and confesses his failures as a father. Mako, the voice actor died of lung cancer a few months before the episode aired.
6. “I REMEMBER YOU” (ADVENTURE TIME)
“Holly Jolly Secrets” shows how the Ice King is losing his memory and he was young Marceline’s protector after the Mushroom War. The episode’s last song, where he rocks out to lyrics he does not remember the meaning of, is heartbreaking.
7. “NUMB” (MORAL OREL)
In “Numb”, a season 3 premiere, the opening is replaced with “No Children” by The Mountain Goats. The episode is about a depressed housewife Bloberta and her son Orel and husband Clay are on a hunting trip. She then harms herself for attention and when she finds out that Clay had shot Orel, she breaks down.
8. “LISA’S SUBSTITUTE” (THE SIMPSONS)
Lisa is heartbroken when Bergstrom leaves her but what is most heartbreaking is how Homer struggles to understand his daughter’s feelings. Bergstrom’s then reads, “You are Lisa Simpson.”
9. “AFTERSHOCK” (TEEN TITANS)
In The Judas Contract, Terra’s inner struggle was between working as an agent for Slade and her feelings for Beast Boy.
As if the pain of “Aftershock” was not enough, the finale “Things Change” brought Terra without memories. The original Teen Titans cartoon ended soon after.
10. “AUTO EROTIC ASSIMILATION” (RICK AND MORTY)
Most of these episodes were funny as Rick reunites with his ex, Unity. The relationship has negative effects, and then the everything that Unity likes about Rick is the reason they cannot be together. Rick returns home and even contemplates suicide. “Do You Feel It?” by Chaos Chaos plays into the credits.