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4 Animated Movies That Make People Cry The Most

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4 Animated Movies That Make People Cry The Most

There is something seriously comforting about watching a good animated movie. Perhaps it brings back memories of your childhood, reminiscing about sweets long gone from the modern shelves, and feeling eager anticipation about the experience you are about to have with your family or friends. Watching animated films is often a special time where you experience joy with your own children as they embark on adventures that fill them with wonder.

Whatever the reason, animated films are incredible. When we find ourselves engrossed in a good animated film, we are in no way desensitized to the range of emotions they provoke, equaling any other motion film, animated or not. If we are all honest with ourselves, there has definitely been a number of animations that have made us weep for the screen. Here are 4 favourite tear-jerkers!

Finding Nemo

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    OH THE HEART STRINGS. Finding Nemo has got to be one of the greatest, loveliest, most hilariously animated films of all time. There are so many things about this film that, depending on your sensitivity level, could evoke a tear or two. Dory’s friendship is beautiful, the magical underwater scenes are heart-achingly stunning, but in the end it’s got to be a tie between the **SPOILER ALERT** ending scene of father and son being happily reunited after their journey, and the opening scene, where all of the fish eggs are destroyed except for a single survivor: NEMO.

    The Lion King

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      The circle of life! It moves us all! For a film that was made in the 90s – over twenty years ago! – The Lion King still has the power to move us all. Again, it is hard to dictate as to where the point is in such a powerfully animated movie that is responsible for the waterworks.

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      However, it could very well be when Simba goes down to find Mufasa and tries to pull him to get up, so they can go home. Plenty of tears can be seen streaming down an audience’s face as Simba is suddenly all alone, calling out for help where no one can hear him. A timeless tragedy. Long live Simba.

      Bambi

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        I think this goes without saying that the 1942 Disney film Bambi is one of the longest-loved animated films, with one of the saddest scenes of all time. In fact there are other films, non-animated, that have certainly (comically) mentioned this scene as affecting them deeply in their childhood.

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        This scene in Bambi, is when Bambi’s mother is shot and killed as she and her daughter run for safety from a hunter and his shotgun. “Faster Bambi! Faster! Don’t look back!”  her mother says, and Bambi doesn’t. In fact, she keeps running, finally reaches safety, then looks back, only to find out that her mother couldn’t make it. Devastating.

        Up!

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          This beautiful 3D computer animated film touches on the heart strings when, unlike the other animal films above, we are invited to think about the human condition of escapism. The lessons here touch on how to deal with life when it becomes hard- or in the protagonists case, when we lose our great love. In a beautiful collage of time, we see the main character, Carl, move through his life, reach old age, before tenderly saying goodbye to the woman he loved his entire life. If that doesn’t get your tear ducts smarting, we don’t know what will!

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          All in all, animated films have a running theme: LOVE. Love of a parent, spouse, child, or hero; animated films show us that it is the one thing that connects us and warms us all. So, which one is your favorite?

          Featured photo credit: Quick Picture Tools via quickpicturetools.com

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          10 Cheap And Amazing Honeymoon Ideas

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          10 Cheap And Amazing Honeymoon Ideas

          A honeymoon is important.  The wedding is over.  The months, or even years, of stress and planning are finally over.  It’s time for the two of you to relax, settle in, and start enjoying your time together as you embark on your first journey as a family.

          To make the most of this time for the least amount of money, it’s important to focus on what you want out of a honeymoon.  This isn’t your typical list of touristy honeymoon locations everyone goes to.  Rather, it’s a list of cheap honeymoon experiences a couple can enjoy together, regardless of where it’s at.

          1. Camping

          A week long camping trip is a fantastic way to see how you mesh together as a couple.  You’re put in a low impact “survival” situation where it’s just the 2 of you and nature.  You have a chance to see how your new spouse handles themselves when left with the basics of life.  There are amazing national parks all over the United States where you can camp for a week for $20-30, disconnect from technology, and enjoy some of the natural wonders our nation has to offer.

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          2. Staycation

          You don’t have to go anywhere for a honeymoon.  In fact, the tradition of taking a honeymoon vacation is a relatively new one.  Prior to the 19th century, a honeymoon involved staying home together for a month to get to know each other physically.  Think of how blissful it could be to take a full month off work, disconnect from the outside world, and focus entirely on projects together.  You may not be wowing your friends and family with pictures of some exotic location, but they’ll be envious of your escape from the rat race nonetheless.

          3. Island Getaway

          People tend to overspend on their honeymoon vacations to Hawaii, Tahiti, etc.  Going to these places doesn’t have to be expensive.  You don’t need to stay in a 5 star resort when you’re on a Best Western budget.  You’re there to be in the atmosphere of the island, not a hotel room. Book a cheap flight and sleep in a hotel alternative, on the beach or in your car.  It’s the view in paradise that really matters.

          4. Fancy Resort

          Book an expensive resort, spa, or retreat in the city you live in.  While this may seem counterintuitive as a cheap destination, when you consider your savings on airfare and other travel costs, you can afford to be treated like royalty within your own city limits.  If you book a honeymoon package, you’ll end up with a lot of free amenities and extra attention.  There’s no need to fly halfway across the world to live the good life.

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          5. Road Trip

          The journey is often more fulfilling than the actual destination.  If you fly out to some exotic locale, you’ll be stuck on a plane for 8-30 hours.  Rent a luxury car, pick a handful of places you each have always wanted to visit, and go on an adventure.  You can keep food costs down by packing your own snacks, but it’s always a good idea to sample the local delicacies wherever you go, even if it’s only a few states over.

          6. Charter a Boat

          If the ocean is your thing, a week-long cruise can cost you $1500-$3000 per person, depending on the destination.  You also have to factor in travel costs to and from the cruise, alcohol, souvenirs, and on-shore excursions.  You’ll also be surrounded by people.  For the same price (and often much cheaper), you can charter your own boat and enjoy the experience in private.

          7. Las Vegas/Atlantic City

          If gambling is your thing, these are the places to do it.  Which one you choose depends on your preference, budget, and proximity.  The way to make this vacation cheaper is to gamble smart.  Stay away from low odd tables (i.e craps, roulette) and read up on the MIT blackjack strategies to beat the house.  If you do it right, you can win enough for a free trip (and gain a valuable team skill in the process).

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          8. Themed Retreats

          There are weeklong retreats all over the world where you can fully immerse yourselves as a couple into a hobby you’re both passionate about.  Go on a yoga/meditation retreat, a ranch, a vineyard/farm, a backpacking adventure, treasure hunt, or whatever you’re into.

          9. Working Honeymoon

          Your honeymoon doesn’t have to be a vacation.  For a truly memorable experience, dedicate a week to a charity or volunteer organization.  You can drive out to a campground to help restore it in the offseason.  Maybe you’ve always wanted to volunteer to help out your local animal shelter, plant trees, help the homeless, etc.  Use the time to do something together as a couple that will fulfill you spiritually while contributing to the community.  Just because you’re on a honeymoon doesn’t mean you can’t be productive.

          10. Festivals, Fairs & Special Events

          Every city, state, and country has festivals, fairs, and special events.  Find one you’re interested in.  If you time your wedding right, your honeymoon can be a trip to one of these festivals.  Burning Man, SXSW, Bonnaroo, the Renaissance Fair, regional harvest festivals, Mardi Gras, New Years Eve in Times Square, a movie premiere, or whatever you’re into.  If you plan your honeymoon at the right time in the right place, the possibilities are endless.

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