Okay, I’m rewatching The Sword in the Stone and complete forgot how his squirrel education went. AND IT’S HEARTBREAKING. Seriously Disney WTF?!
A pretty, red-head squirrel girl who is looking for a “life long” mate finds Arthur, who, in the human world isn’t attractive and is unwanted by his peers, but is seen as an ideal, fun mate for her. She makes every effort to mimic him, in order to build a bond between them. She even saves his life, almost at the cost of her own, because she wants to keep him safe. She snuggles up to him to show she is glad he is okay and then, POOF, he’s human. She pauses for a moment and seems to ask, “Why are you human now?” She even glances back at him from a tree branch to see if he’ll turn back into a squirrel for her, even if to try to speak squirrel and explain it all to her. She runs up to their would-have-been home and sobs her heartbreak. While Arthur does say he’s sorry, Merlin just got through this whole “that’s nature boy, take part in it” but turns them both back before the Arthur really learns anything beyond the fun stuff of being a squirrel. Merlin even makes it a point to say, “That love business is a powerful thing” to drive home that Squirrel Girl was truly in love with Arthur Squirrel. To make the scene curbstomp your feels even more, Squirrel Girl looks out from her lonely home and sheds several tears as her love walks away from her. She even follows Arthur to the edge of the forest hoping he’ll return her love and turn back into a squirrel for her. She is left watching them from the tallest tree she can climb, to watch him for as long as possible before he’s gone forever.
While they didn’t mate (Disney kept it PG this go around), Squirrel Girl had given Arthur her heart, and her love is never meant to go to anyone else. The actual ending to this segment? Squirrel Girl dies alone, pining for her lost love.