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Futurama: Jurassic Bark (2002)
Poignant, yes, but...
Having watched this heartbreaking episode, I understand and, in some ways, concur with other reviewer's assessment that this tugs at the viewer's deepest emotions, especially those whom have experienced the deep and totally honest love that comes from a companion animal. It was an episode designed to rip the emotions from all but the most callous viewer.
That said, I think that the writer's treatment of Seymour was just mean. I know that there is a certain degree of license given to cartoonists when it comes to the treatment of their characters. We have an unspoken agreement with the writers of these programs that these creatures, while vulnerable, still have the ability to forgo inexplicable torments with the understanding that they're not subject to the laws of physics, nor to the laws of ordinary human emotional response. They'll always bounce back, because that's the nature of the cartoon world.
This, however, was different. Following Fry's discovery that Seymour had lived years after he had been frozen and his subsequent refusal to reanimate Seymour, we're shown a montage of Seymour's pitiable, yet stalwart hope that his human companion will return to him as he waits faithfully at the entrance of the pizzeria where Fry worked, only to have his ultimate hope of seeing his friend dashed by the ravages of time.
To me, this is just being cruel to a faithful character. Seymour is never given the chance that his faithfulness deserved. One can frame this as a loss for Fry since his basic ineptitude is part of his character's essence. Yet, this dismisses the premise that steadfast support is worthy of reward.
Seymour deserved better and the writers of this episode should be ashamed of the way that they treated him.