19 Pixar Moments That Hit Like An Emotional Gut Punch

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Vote up the moments that hit you in the feels.

Pixar movies are, undoubtedly, for all ages. They go beyond your average animated films because they have hilarious jokes, intense scenes, and of course, highly emotional moments. Nearly every person has had their eyes water during at least one Pixar movie, and if you haven't, you should watch them again without being afraid to get emotional.

Choosing the most moving scene in Pixar history is a tough choice. The Toy Story series alone has countless eye-watering moments, but some people are more moved by films like Up, WALL-E, and Inside Out. So, below is a list of emotional moments in Pixar films. Some are more tear-jerking than others for individual fans, so make sure to vote up your favorites!

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    82 VOTES

    The Devastating Montage In ‘Up’

    When most people watched Up for the first time, they probably weren't expecting a movie about an old man, a quirky kid, and a talking dog to have them bawling their eyes out in the first few minutes. Yet, that's the reaction most people face in this film. 

    After Carl and Ellie meet as kids, the film shows their entire lives together in less than five minutes. It highlights the ups, such as their wedding and decorating their new house, and the downs, such as a miscarriage and Ellie slowing down in her later years. In a short amount of time, the audience falls in love with the couple, only to see Ellie pass away at the end of the montage. Despite the heartbreak Carl and the viewers feel, it's one of the most beloved parts of any Pixar film.

    82 votes
  • 2
    57 VOTES

    Miguel And Coco Singing ‘Remember Me’ At The End Of ‘Coco’

    After realizing that Coco is starting to forget Héctor, Miguel knows he has to do something to stop Coco's dad from disappearing from the Land of the Dead. So, as soon as he returns home, Miguel rushes to Coco. He shows her a photo and plays a song to help regain her memory. At first, she has no reaction, but as he plays “Remember Me,” joy returns to her eyes, and she sings with him. It's a beautiful interaction between two family members, making viewers want to hold their loved ones closer after watching it.

    57 votes
  • 3
    43 VOTES

    Andy Saying Goodbye At The End Of ‘Toy Story 3’

    The toys know that the best thing for everyone is for them to move on to a new kid, but that doesn't make their final scene with Andy any less emotional. Andy hands off his toys to a young girl named Bonnie at the end of Toy Story 3. He tells her about each one before handing them over. But then, he notices that Woody is the last one in the box, even though Andy hadn't put him there.

    Andy struggles to give up Woody because they've been through so much together. Yet, he knows all the toys will be better off with Bonnie. Andy and Bonnie play with the toys together, giving the toys one last wonderful memory with Andy. 

    43 votes
  • 4
    22 VOTES

    Barley Finally Saying Goodbye To His Father In ‘Onward’

    In Onward, Ian and Barley's father died when Ian was a baby, so Ian always dreamed of getting to know him and spending time with him. Barley was old enough to remember his father, but he never got the chance to say a proper goodbye. After a spell goes wrong, the brothers go on an adventure with their dad's lower half, trying to finish the spell so the rest of their dad will appear.

    In the end, there are only a few minutes left with their dad's full body, and Ian lets Barley have a moment with his dad instead of him. He realized Barley deserved to get a proper goodbye more than he did. Ian also discovered that even though he never knew his dad, he had Barley as a father figure in his life instead. So, after their dad disappears for good, the brothers share an emotional hug that's sure to make anyone's eyes water.

    22 votes
  • 5
    18 VOTES

    Buzz Dealing With Missing The Passing Of His Best Friend In ‘Lightyear’

    At the beginning of Lightyear, we're introduced to Buzz Lightyear and his best friend, Alisha. Yet, when Buzz volunteers to test hyperspace fuel, the duo spends less time together. During the first mission, four minutes of Buzz's flight equaled four years in the world he left behind. Buzz continues doing the tests even though Alisha is reluctant and getting older. After a dozen failed tests, Buzz returns to find out that his best friend succumbed to old age while he was gone. 

    Before Alisha passed, she left an emotional recording for Buzz, where she introduced him to her granddaughter. Even though Alisha seems happy with the life she lived, the heartbroken look in Buzz's eyes is devastating after he realizes that he missed it all.

    18 votes
  • 6
    56 VOTES

    Jessie Being Abandoned By Emily In ‘Toy Story 2’

    Montages with sad songs are the perfect way to grab at someone's heartstrings. In Toy Story 2, Jessie's story about her life with Emily is shown while the tear-jerking song “When She Loved Me” plays. Like most toys, Jessie's kid played with her constantly until she eventually outgrew her and put her in a donation bin. Jessie peering out the hole in the box as the car drives away is the most heart-wrenching moment of the film. It left many viewers feeling guilty about all the favorite toys they left behind over the years.

    56 votes