The five Pixar movie moments most likely to make you cry
In Hollywood, there is at least one thing that can be relied on, no matter what. Its name is Pixar.
Virtually every summer, no matter how dismal the slate of blockbuster contenders might look, we can count on the godfathers and godmothers of CGI animation to deliver yet another family-entertainment masterpiece. Oh, and there's another thing we can count on from those Pixar movies: that at least one moment will turn us into teary, blubbering idiots.
In keeping with that tradition, I heard quite a few sniffles around me at a recent screening of "Toy Story 3," particularly as the movie came to its poignant close. (The Post's review of the film is online now, by the way.) That's one benefit of seeing this Buzz Lightyear adventure in 3D; with those big, goofy specs on, fellow audience members can't see the mist in your eyes.
Not that there's any shame in admitting that, yes, a clownfish made me weep. With that in mind, here's my list of the five Pixar moments most likely to make you cry.
5. The conclusion of "Wall•E": After returning from outer space and reviving our trash-compacting hero, Eve quickly realizes that the robot love of her life has no feelings and no memory of who she is. It takes the touch of her hand to bring Wall•E back from the mechanically brain-dead. If the tears don't flow when his eye-noculars perk up in recognition ("Ev-a?"), they probably will once the movie's signature tune -- "It Only Took a Moment" from
"Kiss Me, Kate" "Hello, Dolly" -- gently kicks in on the soundtrack.
4. "Our Town" montage from "Cars": One could argue that a tribute to smalltown USA set to the sentimental vocals of James Taylor is a pretty easy way to make audiences verklempt. Fair point. But it doesn't make the scene any less effective.
3. The end of "Finding Nemo":The conclusion of this film is actually happy because -- SPOILER ALERT -- Nemo does, in fact, get found. But there's still a moment prior to the conclusion when Nemo's dad Marlin finally learns to let go and allow his baby to be independent. When the voice of Marlin, Albert Brooks, croaks out a "Goodbye, son" as his little guy with the itty-bitty right fin swims off to school, it's okay if there's suddenly something in your eye.
2. "When She Loved Me" from "Toy Story 2": This absolutely lovely, so poignant-it's-painful number from the second "Toy Story" uses all the powers of the musical montage to full effect. Turning Jessie's story into a tragic version of "The Velveteen Rabbit" is undeniably sad. But throw in the vocals of Sarah MacLachlan -- the same woman whose Lilith-Fair sensitive sound makes me bawl during those SPCA commercials -- and forget it. I'm done.
1. "Married Life" from "Up": This is easily the most adult scene in any Pixar picture, one that accomplishes something that plenty of lesser live-action films can't manage in two-plus hours: it tells a richly detailed, incredibly moving love story. Add in the Academy Award-winning score of Michael Giacchino -- a man with a special gift for eliciting sobs with his music -- and you've got the most cry-worthy scene in Pixar's history and, perhaps, the most emotional moment of any movie released last year.
Agree with my ranking? Or is there another weepy animated-movie moment I missed? Wipe your tears and share your thoughts in the comments section.
| June 17, 2010; 12:07 PM ET
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