Any time I think of stories with animal deaths, I can’t help but remember poor Phoebe Buffay from the ’90s sitcom “Friends.”
If you were a fan of this show, you might recall the episode entitled “The One Where Old Yeller Dies.”
Most of us have seen the Disney live-action classic “Old Yeller.” If you haven’t, you probably still know the fate of the faithful pup. (Warning: Possible spoilers ahead!)
Unfortunately, Phoebe didn’t get the memo as her mom always ended the movie before the death of everyone’s favorite dog occurred.
If you think about it, there are many “family friendly” movies in which the fate of a beloved animal is sealed. “Bambi,” “The Lion King,” and even “Finding Nemo” contain a heart-wrenching moment or two.
While we’re certainly grateful for films like “Homeward Bound” that take us to the edge of almost only to pull us through to a happy ending, there are many other films and books that don’t end on such joyful notes.
And this is where DoesTheDogDie.com comes in. If you’re like me and you found yourself absolutely floored when Marley died at the end of “Marley and Me,” you can now avoid watching such atrocities before you get too attached.
DoesTheDogDie.com is a website specifically dedicated to user-provided spoilers that will answer your most burning questions about all fictional animal deaths in general.
We’re not just talking animal-centered stories, either. Really any movie, book, or television show with an animal in it is listed on this site.
From “A Dog’s Way Home” to “The Mountain Between Us,” animal advocates can spoil the plot for themselves and weigh their options before viewing or reading what may cause too much heartbreak to handle.
Users can ask questions and even contribute their own insider info on the latest animal deaths (or not) in fictional media.
Of course, spoilers can also be found by simply Googling a straightforward question such as, “Does the dad die in ‘The Good Dinosaur?'”
I won’t ruin that one for you, but really it’s not too difficult to spoil endings these days. And if you’re watching a Disney movie, you might as well expect at least one parent to be out of the picture, animal and human alike.
Full plot summaries and content advisory guides can also be found on IMDB for each film or show. As for DoesTheDogDie.com, you can even find out answers to random questions such as, “Are there clowns?”
I’m not sure what clowns have to do with heartbreaking animal endings, but at least we can all rest assured knowing that no, there are no clowns in “The Good Dinosaur.” You know, just in case you were wondering.
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