One thing that manages to stick out when you think of Pixar is the tears that are shed in every one of their 17 films. What is important, however, is how they use these upsetting moments to touch the hearts of children and adults alike. How Pixar was able to effect an 8 year old me, whilst also effecting my dad when we went to watch Up is truly marvelous! Here is a list I have conducted of the saddest moments throughout the years Pixar has been entertaining us.
12. Cars - Doc Hudson's story
Doc Hudson’s back story was the first Pixar moment that had an effect on me the first time I watched it! I mean I didn't weep, but i was gently satisfied by his story, and could then develop a better understanding with the character.
The story of Hudson also had an effect on our arrogant protagonist Lightning McQueen when he was to give his title up to save the King in the Piston Cup. This film carried multiple messages, and showed audiences how important it is to help other people, and that winning is nothing, as we see with the reaction Chick Hicks gets when he crosses the line. The real recognition is giving up time to help other people.
11. Brave - Merida's mother Elinor as a bearBrave was an interesting film based on a Scottish family, in which Pixar tried to break away from those typical princess roles, and portray Merida to want to be... brave, basically! But not in an annoying way, not just for the point of equality! Merida is still however that wonderful princess who has all of those moody hormones and that tight fit family!
However, as the film draws to a close, and the curse that Merida aided with putting on her mother that made her into a bear had not yet rubbed off. Merida steps into the fighting and action to declare to her father and the rest of the Scottish warriors that this is her mum, and they should not kill her. As sun rises, we are led to believe that her mother is still a bear. This is dealt with wonderfully and shows how family is important to all of us, and that you should never really declare hate against anyone, as you never know the consequences.
10. Monsters, Inc. - Sulley says bye to Boo
Monsters, Inc. taught us to treasure our friends and not to judge those who we don't know. The film is full of emotional moments often centered around Sulley and Boo, however, when Sulley is forced to put Boo back into the real world, it becomes apparent to Sulley he will never see this young girl again, someone who he has committed so much time into saving and looking after. What is even more sad, is that Boo is oblivious to what is about to happen, and opens her cupboard door to find that it is now just a cupboard. As the film draws to a close, Sulley is handed a piece of a door, which allows him to enter Boos room one last time, as we hear the noise of Boo shout 'Kitty' once more and see Sulley smiles, we can leave the film happier.
This film simply shows audiences of all ages that you should treasure those closest to you, as you don’t know when the last time could be. Pixar delicately deals with these subjects with brilliant characters for our entertainment, showing these films to represent life and not just a comic strip aimed to make people laugh, but aims to make people feel.
9. Toy Story - Buzz finds out he is a toy
So as we know, Buzz believes he is a real Space Ranger throughout the majority of Toy Story. This is until he aims to escape from Sid's house/dungeon when he sees a TV advert advertising himself in mass numbers. It is here that Buzz gets a strong incline that he is a toy. But it grows as Buzz leaps from Sid's stairs, crashing to the floor and breaking his arm. As the camera zooms out, we see Buzz laying on the floor looking in the distance, with the realization in his eyes that he is just a toy, and has lived this falsified existence.
Although we know Buzz is just a toy, we are upset to see that Buzz has found his limits. When the film draws to a close and Buzz saves Woody, Woody announces something Buzz had told him all along that Buzz can fly. However Buzz corrects Woody with what he had told him all along! He was falling in style. Here we see its OK, maybe even a happy tear!
8. WALL-E - WALL-E forgets Eve
WALL-E is just an emotional film anyway! WALL-E is quite literally the cutest thing in the world! He was the BB-8 before BB-8! When WALL-E leaves Earth, leaving his cockroach behind, this is already sad enough! But what really pulls your heart strings is where we see Eve fix WALL-E who had risked his life to ensure the safety of everyone else. However with the replacing of certain parts, WALL-E suffers memory loss, and ignores Eve and moves on to make garbage cubes and do what he was programmed to do!
After seeing how Wall-e tried so hard to grab Eve's attention and the heights he went to, to ensure the two robots fell in love, to see this moment is really heart breaking.
7. Toy Story 3 - The toys face the incinerator
So when the toys faced the incinerator, around 3/4 of those watching the film believed that the toys were to fall into this mass fire whilst still holding hands, as we see their faces melt and their fur burn as the camera zooms out announcing our most loved characters dead. Maybe we might even catch a glimpse of Woody’s hat not quite fall into the fire yet as the film fades out! However we was lucky enough for this not to happen, but I can’t believe anyone thought it would anyway? Disney and Pixar are very delicate with how they deal with certain moments, they would never do such a thing!
This is Toy Story 3, not Saw 3! I can’t really comment on how delicately they dealt with this moment, apart from the fact they didn't let it happen.
6. Toy Story 2 - Jessie's story
Finding Jessie's story in Pixar shows that this cowgirl who is so desperate for Woody to stay and not return to Andy isn't because she is moody and angry with Woody's behaviour but simply because she was slightly jealous! She was abandoned by her owner, an owner who loved her. She just didn't want this to happen to Woody, like it could have potentially happened in Toy Story 3!
This flash back clip was maybe one of the most heart breaking moments and saw Jessie being shoved under a bed and to be found years later, to then be left in a donation box after she had been played with one final time. This scene is really like giving away a pet! These toys have feelings and meant that as children we could never throw anything away again because we felt so sorry for this inanimate objects! What made the scene even worse was the song, 'When Somebody Loved Me' accompanied the scene.
Pixar simply chose such a simple thing as throwing something away or getting rid of a pet and put it to the point of view of this toy and BANG! Floods of tears.
4. Finding Nemo - Nemo and Marlin reunite
Some would say that Coral dying in Finding Nemo was probably the saddest part. I disagree, Coral was in the film for such a short time, the real problem was where Nemo was found and reunited with his father!
This wasn't so much a sad moment, but heart breaking in the sense that the story was concluded and after Marlin had dedicated so much to finding Nemo, he had succeeded and everything was going to be happy again after a few tears. The whole way through the film you want the duo to be reunited of course, no one wants them to stay alone, so as we see the film draw to a close with such happiness, we are actually flooding with tears!
3. Up - The montage in Up
I feel like some would put this as their number one, so controversial choice! The beginning scene in Up, accompanied by that piece of music is guaranteed to make audiences well up straight away! During the film we are supposed to support this BITTER man, so by chucking in a five minuet montage that really grabs all aspects of life, we can understand exactly why this man is BITTER and fall in love with him and his story!
This one montage will always be one of the most remember-able moments of Pixar cinema, and will never be forgot! Clips which include the couple being told they can’t have a baby, and Ellie becoming depressed is subtle enough that all ages will understand, but has an effect on these age groups in different way, and results in something so beautiful!
2. Toy Story 3 - Andy gives away his toys
Andy giving away his toys ruined my life for about 3 weeks! I couldn't believe that could do such a thing! When he got one more chance to play with them, before waving them off, people of all ages began crying in the cinema.
A 15 year build that resulted in Andy not wanting to hand down Woody, but then decided on it anyway, along with the rest of the gang, our best loved Disney characters ever!
1. The Good Dinosaur - Arlo and Spot say goodbye
So this film flopped hard for Pixar! I mean hard! So some may not agree with this one being number one! But let me tell you, before seeing Me Before You this year, I have never cried so much at a film!
There are multiple parts throughout, but the one that really got me is where our lost dinosaur Arlo is still heading home when his silent human companion Spot finds a family who want to take him as their own. Arlo encourages Spot to leave but he just refuses and refuses, until eventually he does, ending with tears for both of our protagonists. I think the reason for this being so sad is because we know both of their stories quite well and we have basically developed a rapport with them throughout their journey, and as Arlo starts crying we feel his pain, that this dinosaur who had nothing, now once more has nothing!