It’s been a dino-sized week for the folks at Pixar. Not only did the beloved animation company celebrate the 20th anniversary of their first feature film Toy Story, they also unleashed their latest blockbuster The Good Dinosaur in theatres everywhere.
Like all Pixar flicks, The Good Dinosaur is guaranteed to feature several heart-melting moments that will turn us moviegoers into giant popcorn-filled piles of emotional goo. And we love it!
Although we have a soft spot for all of Pixar’s tear-jerking movie moments from the past 20 years, a handful of them get our water works pumping much harder than others.
Here’s a look back at the 10 most heartstring-tugging Pixar moments of all time. Get ready to cry all over again.
10. Anton Ego’s flashback in Ratatouille
Pixar is so good at toying with our emotions that they even made our hearts swell for Ratatouille meanie Anton Ego. When the icy critic takes that special bite of food at Gusteau’s that reminds him of his childhood and his mother, he smiles and feels something for the first time. It’s such a touching moment.
9. Reading Ellie’s scrapbook in Up
For a kids’ film, Up was packed with some seriously heavy, heart-tugging moments. One of those came near the end of the film when Carl was flipping through the scrapbook that his late wife Ellie left him. Our hearts broke seeing the elderly man reflecting upon the photos of his past adventures with his beloved wife. Then we saw the inspiring message she left him at the end of the book. “Thanks for the adventure – now go have a new one!” His smile makes our hearts melt.
8. Bing Bong’s sacrifice in Inside Out
Remember the end of Inside Out when Riley’s imaginary friend Bing Bong sacrificed himself so that Joy could escape from the dungeon of forgotten memories and find Sadness? Of course you do. That was a heart-crushing moment of selflessness that got us all weeping. Of course a Pixar movie about emotions was going to set us off, but this scene was particularly tear-inducing.
7. Nemo’s mom dies in Finding Nemo
In Finding Nemo, Pixar got us crying within the first three minutes of the film. Witnessing the combination of Marlin’s grief over Coral’s death and the precious discovery of his son Nemo’s egg was overwhelmingly emotional. And it all happened before the title credits.
6. The furnace scare in Toy Story 3
One of the most upsetting Pixar scenes of all time was in Toy Story 3 when we thought Buzz, Woody and all of our favourite toys were were going to get incinerated in that furnace. Watching our oldest Pixar pals hold hands and brace themselves for disaster felt like a punch to the heart.
5. Sully accidentally scares Boo in Monsters Inc.
The Monsters Inc. scene when Sully is forced into a terror simulation by Mr. Waternoose and accidentally scares his little pal Boo is devastating. Seeing the sadness in Sully’s eyes when he discovers that his tiny friend is terrified of him is gut-wrenching. We all felt for the big fluffy guy.
4. Wall-E loses his memories of EVE in Wall-E
Although a box of Kleenex comes in handy for the entirety of Wall-E, it’s a necessity near the end when our favourite little trash compactor loses his memories of EVE. But when she kisses him and he retrieves them all, it’s just so sweet! We all felt that happy ending in our hearts.
3. Andy gives away his toys in Toy Story 3
Pixar is so consistent with weepy Toy Story moments. The most bitter-sweet tears in the franchise came at the end of Toy Story 3 when a grown up Andy heads off to college and gives his toys away to Bonnie. But before he does, he plays with them one last time. It’s sad, happy and comforting all at the same time. Don’t cry too much, they’ll all be back in 2017!
2. Jessie’s broken heart in Toy Story 2
The most heartstring-tugging moment in the Toy Story franchise came at the end of the second film. When Woody’s cowgirl pal Jessie sang “When She Loved Me,” a ditty about how her owner Emily lost interest in playing with her, we all felt her anguish. Sarah McLachlan’s heartbreaking vocals also added nicely to the pain. It was one of the saddest, most heart-hurting moments in Pixar history.
1. The opening montage from Up
But by far the most heart-wrenching Pixar moment of all time came at the beginning of Up when we watched the montage of Carl’s life with Ellie. It was a four and a half minute roller coaster of joy and devastation. Seeing Carl saying goodbye to Ellie in the hospital, sitting in the funeral home and eventually going home alone to a dark house with a balloon is guaranteed to make any viewer cry. Even the tough ones.