This post contains spoilers for Disney’s The Lion King but the film came out 25 years ago so if it’s still on your to-watch list you won’t find any sympathy here you maniac.
What you will find is a gut-wrenching video of a young doggo watching Mufasa’s tragic death scene and having a startlingly human reaction.
In a video that was making the rounds on Twitter Saturday, the sensitive pupper watches the tragic scene, transfixed, wand whimpers and whines in distress as young Simba nudges his father’s body. Emotionally speaking it adds yet another layer of pathos to what’s already one of the saddest scenes of all time.
Good job, internet.
There’s also something very meta about an animal watching a movie about animals made by humans and feeling an apparently universal emotion and….I’m sorry I got a little high just writing that.
“Mufasa’s death is one of the most heart-wrenching movie scenes ever. There’s no way to make it any more sa-“ pic.twitter.com/6CYo0GNXy6
— Dustin DeBerry (@dkdeberry) February 22, 2019
In any case people felt the pain of the animal feeling pain about a fictional animal feeling pain. It was an empathy avalanche.
Lion King the best Disney movie confirmed. Even the damn dog was feeling it. https://t.co/TJD0aWf2PJ
— One (@KazLF) February 22, 2019
I don’t know what breaks me heart more. Watching simba cry over mufasa, or watching the dog cry over mufasa.
— Julissa (@juulissa9) February 23, 2019
Someone give him a hug. Poor pupper.
— RosieTRiveter (@RosieTRiveter) February 22, 2019
MY HEART ?
— pass the cavasia (@Moo_Fah_Sah_) February 22, 2019
— KweenKobie ? (@Kay_JayCee) February 22, 2019
— Nick Schneider (@NickSchnite) February 22, 2019
Amazingly others reported that their dogs have the same mournful reaction to Mufasa’s death scene. Either these dogs are just reacting to the sounds of the scene or they understand movies on a shocking level.
My video lagged a little bit but my dog does this every time we watch the lion king pic.twitter.com/DZ3JcTVGNC
— cynthia (@Cynthia_Dyana) February 23, 2019
— Kendall Schoonover (@kschoonover16) February 19, 2019
— Sonia Gonzales (@Soniarlo) February 22, 2019