If you’re a Millennial or Gen Z who grew up with a television, it’s pretty likely the Toy Story franchise defined your childhood. We’ve seen those movies too many times to count and can quote every line of dialogue along with Woody, Buzz and the gang—heck, a good chunk of us even have “To infinity and beyond” tattoos. Now, we’re looking at the final chapter in that journey (even though we kind of thought Toy Story 3 was the final chapter) and we’re getting a little nostalgic.
So in honour of Toy Story 4 (in theatres June 20) (and two generations of kids who grew up thinking there was something beyond infinity), here are our childhoods as told by Toy Story gifs.
When you’re trying on clothes and you just KNOW this outfit is going to put Jenna in her place
Hold onto your plastic lip gloss flip phones girls, these embroidered flare jeans are on point and we know it.
When Dad said “Five more minutes of TV” six minutes ago and she still hasn’t told you to turn it off
If we don’t say anything, maybe she’ll forget she told us to clean our room.
When your mom is yelling and you have a sassy response but you know that’s not going to go over well
Mama raised a sassy one, but she also raised a smart one.
When your parents heap praise on your sibling for something you’ve literally done a thousand times
Oh wow. Alex read a whole sentence. We’ve been doing that for years.
When you learn your parents were Santa (and the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny) all along
My life is a lie!
When your mom won’t let you have a snack because “we’re about to have dinner”
But I’m hungry noooow.
Expectation: when your parents let you stay up past bed time
We’re going to stay up until 3 a.m., eat a ton of junk food, watch six movies and talk alllll night.
Reality: when your parents let you stay up past bed time
*Struggles to keep eyes open past 11.*
When your best friend is out sick and you have to scan the class for a temporary replacement bestie
We got along with Jenny in Grade two, but she’s been kind of mean lately and she’s always gossiping with Karen. Megan would be a good option if she didn’t sit so close to Kyle. Marlie can be a good time, but she always wants you to share your lunch with her. Maybe we should just fake sick and go home.
And when they come back and you don’t have to worry about your fake sick day friends anymore
Farewell, fake friends! It was sort of fun spending six hours with you.
When you’re 100 percent committed to playing pretend regardless of what outside forces may interfere
If we’re playing pretend, you better be prepared to hold your breath like your life depends on it. Pretend space is no joke.
When Arthur comes on and it’s not a rerun
So many episodes of that show and yet they only ever play the same four. Why, PBS?
When you’re pretty sure your ability to do a half-decent braid means you can totally cut your sibling’s hair
Time to play hairdresser!
When your toy is a toy but it’s not acting like a toy
If you claim you’ve never said this to a toy, you’re lying.
Any time you’re moving even remotely faster than you would be otherwise
Honestly, that’s not childhood specific.
When your sibling is being ~stupid~ but your mom told you not to use that word and you can tell she’s listening
Mom! Kenny is being a less-than-intelligent bum-head.
When you get bangs for the first time because it’s totally what you want and there’s no way you’ll regret it for the next three years while you try to grow them out
Yes, mom, we’ll take care of them.
When it’s time for your flu shot and you’re pretty sure you shouldn’t get one
Maybe we should go do something else. Like, literally anything else.
When that first day of school outfit is on point
Oh you thought we were just coming in with a new outfit? Nah! This year, we’re rocking new shoes, a new backpack AND a new pencil case.
When you seriously can’t study any more because your poor child brain needs a break
We get it—the mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell! Can we go outside now?
When you come back to visit your elementary school after a year of high school
Oh, hello little people. Didn’t see you there. Yes, high school is wonderful and awesome and I’m the coolest one there.
When you’re trying to catch your crush’s attention but look super-cool and casual about it
Are they looking? Act like I said something funny. Laugh. Laugh! OMG don’t look!
And the moment we all lost our innocence.
Still. Recovering. From. This. Scene.