Michael Rock’s Top 3 Most Emotional Toy Story Moments
Toy Story 4 had some pretty emotional scenes, but were there tougher ones? Here are my top 3.
**SPOILER ALERT** The following article has references to the new Toy Story 4 movie. If you have not seen the movie, you may not want to read this article. It contains some spoilers.
I worked up the courage to bring the kids to see Toy Story 4 over the weekend. I was nervous. Toy Story 3 destroyed me. I'm still not fully over it nearly 10 years later. I had seen Ellen interviewing Tom Hanks about a month ago. He told her that Tim Allen warned him in some texts about the end of the movie. "Wait til you see those last pages. Tough one. Tough one" wrote the voice of Buzz Lightyear.
I got myself emotionally ready and walked into the theater. I was nostalgic watching the movie with my two kiddos. They were much, much younger when Toy Story 3 was released. In fact, this was the first time they were both old enough to see one of these iconic films in the theater. I know that the clock is ticking on the number of these types of movies I'll be able to watch with them. And this is exactly why Toy Story movies are so emotional for kids and parents alike. Parents know that there are a finite number of days that your kids will be kids, and Toy Story hammers that bittersweet message home.
Here are my top 3 most emotional moments in the Toy Story franchise.
3. The incinerator
That time Lotso betrayed Woody and the gang and left them to die in the incinerator. The look of fear in Buzz Lightyear's eyes. The shaking hands of a doomed Jessie. All the toy friends joined hands, succumbing to their fate. It was one of the most difficult scenes to watch in the entire Toy Story franchise.
2. Woody says goodbye to Buzz.
The toughest scene in the final Toy Story movie was when Woody was faced with a decision to leave his friends for a life of love with Little Bo Beep. Woody saying goodbye to Buzz gave me a pretty big lump in my throat. The two had been friends for 25 years. Luckily, the heavy moment was broken up with a funny "Forky" moment. If it had gone on much longer, no adult would have been spared the humiliation of sobbing in front of their kids.
1. Jessie's "When She Loved Me"
There's no more emotional Toy Story scene than when Jessie describes being dropped off and abandoned by Emily, her first kid. You can feel the pain when the Sarah McLachlan song is paired with the story. It gets me every single time. I just can't with that scene.