Heartbreaking Small Details Fans Noticed About Disney Families

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Vote up the most heart-wrenching details.

Family is often at the heart of our favorite Disney movies, so it's no wonder that many of them have incredible small details about the main characters and their kin. Some of these details are truly heartbreaking, and Disney fans online aren't too worried about sparing our feelings. In The Lion King, for example, when Scar dies at the end of his battle with Simba, he makes virtually the exact same facial expressions his brother Mufasa did when he died. In Tangled, take a closer look at a kiss Mother Gothel gives Rapunzel. She doesn't actually kiss her head, but rather only her hair. Some of these details even reveal some subconscious family feelings. In Meet the Robinsons, when Lewis draws a diagram of his memory scanner, the wavy lines in the middle spell out "Mom."

Check out this list of heartbreaking family details fans spotted in Disney movies, and don't forget to vote up your favorites!


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    55 VOTES

    Elsa's Parents Built Her Restraints And Cell In 'Frozen'

    From Redditor u/_BindersFullOfWomen_:

    The type of chains Elsa has on were obviously made for her. However, Hans could not have made them because no idea that covering Elsa's hands stopped her powers and also didn't resources at the time to make them. The only people who could have known this were her parents. Elsa's parents made a cell specifically for their daughter in case she got out of control.

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    44 VOTES

    Belle Will Do (Almost) Anything To Save Her Father In 'Beauty And The Beast'

    From Redditor u/susie_grace:

    In Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Belle was willing to be locked up for the rest of her life with the beast to save her father, but unwilling to be stuck with Gaston for the rest of her life to save her father.

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    60 VOTES

    Tiana's Dad Received A Lesser Medal In 'Princess And The Frog'

    From Redditor u/Joe_Smith_Actionwear:

    In Disney’s Princess and The Frog, Tiana’s dad received the DSC (Distinguished Service Cross)—the US Army’s second highest award for valor. During WWI African-American soldiers often did not receive America’s highest recognition for bravery—the Medal of Honor.

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    38 VOTES

    Chief Powhatan Feels His Wife's Presence In 'Pocahontas'

    From Redditor u/AICPAncake:

    Early in Pocahontas, Chief Powhatan tells Pocahontas he feels his late wife's presence 'whenever the wind blows through the trees.' Later, he appears to feel her presence as the wind surrounds him at a pivotal point in the movie.

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    31 VOTES

    Mufasa And Simba Look At Leo When Talking About Past Kings In 'The Lion King'

    From Redditor u/Dansowaru:

    In The Lion King, when Mufasa is talking to Simba about the past kings in the stars, the sky shows the constellation of Leo.

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    53 VOTES

    Rapunzel Tries To Save Mother Gothel In 'Tangled'

    From Redditor u/schrodingers_cat42:

    In Tangled, there's a split second in which Rapunzel reaches out desperately to save Mother Gothel--even after she stabs Eugene! It's so fast you might miss it, but it shows the huge impact that long-term emotional abuse can have.