This has literally been bugging me for a good few weeks. I used to be obsessed with this movie that my dad showed me. It has two main boys in it if I remember correctly, and there was a Pegasus that died in quicksand/mud.

I know it has something to do with time, but I can't remember the name and I can't find answers anywhere else!

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    Neverending story?
    – CBredlow
    Jul 25, 2016 at 18:28
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    Was it a book or a movie?
    – Adamant
    Jul 25, 2016 at 18:28
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    Almost certainly the Neverending Story. Wasn't a pegasus, just a normal horse, but it dying in the mud is probably one of the top traumatic movie moments for 80s kids. Jul 25, 2016 at 18:29
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    @Adamant It was a book. The Neverending Story was never made into a movie. Such a magical and fantastic tale could never be made into a movie.
    – Rand al'Thor
    Jul 25, 2016 at 18:45
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    @starpilotsix: can confirm — was an eighties kid, had to watch The Neverending Story several times in elementary school, found it so terrifying that I’ve not been able to re-watch it to this day.
    – PLL
    Jul 25, 2016 at 20:08

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As others have pointed out in comments, you seem to be describing this scene from the hit 1984 film The Neverending Story.

For the record, Artax was a horse, not a pegasus. You may be conflating his scenes with later ones from the film which feature a flying "luck dragon".

The two main protagonists are Bastian (a young boy who we observe reading the titular book) and Atreyu (the hero of the book).

  • This was to be mu guess... :) Lets see if we are right!
    – Rincewind
    Jul 25, 2016 at 18:46
  • The Swamps of Sadness. Has any other children's story featured a horse dying of despair? (also, I've always wondered if the Swamps of Sadness were inspired -- possibly even in-universe, given that this is Fantasia -- by clinical depression.) Jul 26, 2016 at 13:06
  • The real kick in the gut is that in the book, Atrax can talk, and pleads for Atreyu to leave so as to not watch Atrax die.
    – FuzzyBoots
    Jul 26, 2021 at 14:33

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