Judging by early reactions, the new animated film “Onward” offers family-friendly entertainment and is a crushing tearjerker. Because it’s a tearjerker, it seems to fit into the Pixar formula. While Pixar is known for making quality animated films, making audiences cry is another trademark of theirs. This list acknowledges ten moments from Pixar films that made us cry the hardest.

Although “Brave,” “The Incredibles,” “Ratatouille,” and “Cars” didn’t make the cut, it’s worth noting how they struck a chord with audiences the way those on this list did.

10“When She Loved Me” Montage, “Toy Story 2” (1999)
dir. John Lasseter

Woody’s arc during the “Toy Story” trilogy has been about his friendship with Andy and belief that they’ll never be apart. However, when Jessie (Joan Cusack) explains how she was given away by her former owner, it becomes a foreshadowing of Woody’s eventual fate. The flashback montage illustrating Jessie’s past is made more stirring thanks to the song “When She Loved Me” sung by the soulful vocals of Sarah McLachlan.

9“Remember Me” Duet, “Coco” (2017)
dir. Lee Unkrich

Used as a story motif throughout the picture, the Oscar-winning song “Remember Me” illustrates the power of keeping a person’s memory alive even after they’ve passed on. Anyone who is close to their grandparents can relate to the impact of the song. Particularly during the end scene where Miguel and his grandmother Mama Coco perform it so that her deceased father Hector (Gael Garcia Bernal) can remain in the Land of the Dead.

8The Opening of “Finding Nemo” (2003)
dir. Andrew Stanton

The first five minutes of “Finding Nemo” are both devastating and a masterful exercise in storytelling. As it opens with the tragic demise of Marlin’s wife and all of their eggs except one, Nemo, it sets up how Marlin would become overprotective of him. Since that terrible event, Marlin ensures that Nemo’s always under his watchful eye so that nothing can happen to him. The Oscar-nominated score by Thomas Newman becomes another key to the scene’s sentimental factor.

7Dory’s Monologue, “Finding Nemo” (2003)
dir. Andrew Stanton

While not as dark as the aforementioned opening, Dory’s monologue about feeling at home still taps into a dreadful feeling: the fear of being alone without anyone to rely on. As Dory expresses a willingness to accompany Marlin on their search for his son, her eagerness initially comes across as overbearing. Yet, it stems from a need for companionship that she hasn’t had before.

6Joy in the Memory Dump, “Inside Out” (2015)
dir. Pete Docter

Despite Joy (Amy Poehler) being an emotion in teenage Riley’s brain, even she gets emotive in this moving sequence. Joy always makes it her mission to make Riley happy and forcefully tries doing so as she enters a difficult life period. But as she falls into the Memory Dump and watches a happy memory, Joy realizes happiness can come from a melancholic place. That scene is a perfect summary of the core message “Inside Out” possesses. While it’s okay to always try being happy, take a piece of sadness with you.

5The Incinerator Scene, “Toy Story 3” (2010)
dir. Lee Unkrich

Although the ending of “Toy Story 3” easily tugs the heartstrings, the incinerator scene is quite emotional. For one, it feels like all the toys are reaching a fateful end. The moment shows how the toys are a family unit. Once they all hold hands, bracing for their fate, they essentially say, “If we’re going out, we’re going out together.”

4The Ending of “Toy Story 4” (2019)
dir. Josh Cooley

Somehow, each installment of the “Toy Story” series gets more heart wrenching than the last. The latest one, which serves as an epilogue to the main trilogy, ends with Woody having to begin a new chapter. After all the adventures he’s had with his toy family, he departs with Bo Peep to start a new life. As Woody says goodbye, the long take focused on his fellow toys makes it seem like we’re giving them one last look the way Woody is.

3Sulley Says Goodbye to Boo, “Monsters, Inc.” (2001)
dir. Pete Docter

Goodbyes are always hard. Especially if you’re a young child. It’s something that Boo learns the hard way once Sulley (John Goodman) bids her farewell as he returns to the monster world. Thankfully, before Roz (Bob Peterson) gets the door shredder, she gives Sulley a few minutes to say goodbye. But it still prolongs the heartbreak of having to leave a newfound friend.

2Bing Bong Cries, “Inside Out” (2015)
dir. Pete Docter

A rather underrated moment in “Inside Out,” the one where Bing Bong (Richard Kind) cries shows the importance of sadness. Not only Sadness (Phyllis Smith), the character, but sadness in general. Once he gets emotional as he reminisces over his adventures with Riley, his crying becomes a form of release. It goes to show that whenever we feel that way, it’s best to just let it out rather than bottle up our emotions.

1Opening Montage of “Up” (2009)
dir. Pete Docter

This one was no contest. The opening montage of “Up” has no dialogue and is only accompanied by Michael Giacchino’s harmonious score. Yet it hits the feels in a way that no other Pixar film has. As we watch Carl and Ellie grow up together, we also see them go through terrible tragedy, including Ellie’s passing. For a children’s film, “Up” offers a heavy handling on grief and the struggle to move on.

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