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The Most Gut-Wrenching Pixar Moments, Ever

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    Pixar movies come with two guarantees. First, you will be entertained. Even though you are an adult, and these films are technically created for kids, it is completely acceptable to pay good money to see them. Second, you will cry.

    In fact, you can expect to cry several times throughout a Pixar movie. These cries will not be equal, though. Some of them will be a minor welling up, like maybe you’ll cry, but you’re able to fight it off. But in each movie you know for sure you will have at least one a big, fat gut-wrenching sob. It will be unavoidable, and you should just embrace it.

    So, since Pixar's latest, The Good Dinosaur, debuts on Thanksgiving Day, we thought it was a good time to revisit the sloppiest, most cathartic cry-fests Pixar has given us. Though there are many emotional moments, we picked the ones that pack the most punch. Ahead, the Pixar scenes that all but ripped our hearts out of our chests.


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    A Bug’s Life (1998)
    The Rising Up

    "Ants are not meant to serve grasshoppers" — this scene where they all come together and realize their strength gets us every time.

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    Toy Story 2 (1999)
    “When She Loved Me”

    Jessie’s having a moment. She reminisces about her time with a little girl named Emily, and we see a montage of their happiest times together. Then tragedy strikes: Emily grows up. She’s so over Jessie. She’s more interested in painting her nails and giggling about boys. Jessie remains under the bed, forgotten. She gets dumped at the donations center, and you question how you could possibly discard any toy you ever owned as you wipe tears from your face.

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    Monsters, Inc. (2001)
    Sully & Boo’s Goodbye

    It’s time for Boo and Sully to part ways, but Boo doesn’t really understand that. She’s just like, look at my toys. I can’t make sentences yet. “Kitty has to go,” he tells her. They hug. Boo runs to her closet door to find Sully is no longer there. “Kitty?” she asks to an empty closet. You die inside.

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    Finding Nemo (2003)
    Nemo’s Mom Dies

    Coral and Marlin are reminiscing about how they met and celebrating all the eggs they have. Then a huge fish comes, knocks Marlin unconscious, and EATS Coral. When Marlin wakes up, we find that not only is Coral a goner, but Nemo’s the only egg that survived the attack. Damn, Pixar.

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    Finding Nemo (2003)
    Marlin Leaves Dory

    Marlin’s given up. “It’s over,” he tells Dory. “We were too late. Nemo’s gone. I’m going home, now.” Dory begs him to stay because no one’s ever stuck with her for so long. “I look at you and I’m home,” she tells him. “I don’t want that to go away.” GOD, Marlin. Are you made of stone? Like some kind of stone fish?