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Travis Coates and Old Yeller
Old Yeller (1957)

The classic Disney film based on the Newbery Honor-winning children's novel, Old Yeller tells the story of a spirited golden retriever mix who's adopted by two young brothers in antebellum Texas. The older brother, Travis, has some close calls with Old Yeller and the two save each other's lives. The tragic ending is one of the most famous in children's literature as Old Yeller contracts rabies defending the family he loves and has to be put down. Travis does the deed, and becomes a man in the process... Yeah, Disney used to be dark, man.