The one that springs to mind is Ellie from Up, but I’ve used her as the reason Up makes me cry. Truth be told, I’m not even that big a fan of Up as a film – it’s lovely, but it’s not one I’ll watch again and again.
So my saddest death probably has to be Mufasa.
I remember being very little the first time I saw this (because I was in the sitting room of our old house!) and asking my Dad why Mufasa was frowning, because I didn’t quite understand that he was dead. I mean, it didn’t upset me that much when Dad explained he was dead, because I didn’t really understand what that meant.
It wasn’t until I was a lot older that I acknowledged this as the saddest death in the Disney catalogue. I mean, a parent dying/being taken away is a surefire tearjerker for Disney (think about it, Frozen, Dumbo, Bambi), but I never feel like it’s overdone. And poor little Simba, who thinks it’s his fault and runs away…ooh that Scar is a baddie!