With Pixar recently releasing their thirteenth feature, 'Brave', the studio can proudly celebrate a consistent success spanning almost two decades. Aside from the rare critical disappointment ('Cars 2'), their catalogue has been largely superb with the likes of 'Finding Nemo', 'WALL-E' and the 2010 trilogy conclusion of 'Toy Story 3' collectively earning almost $2.5b.
Each film offers something different, yet contain interesting values, themes and a huge array of emotion. Undeniably, the wit and laughter is often contrasted with moments of sorrow and sadness. 'Brave' proves to be a poignant coming of age tale with some tender scenes, but is nothing compared to these tear-inducing moments:
Jessie's song from 'Toy Story 2'
In what turned out to be a rather brilliant sequel, Woody, Buzz and the gang meet new friends Jessie the Cowgirl and horse Bullseye. However, as Jessie reminisces of her former owner and how she comes to be where she is. We hear a melancholic When Somebody Loved Me, and how she is played with her less, until one day is 'abandoned' in a donations box. Not only is the song sung with a haunting beauty, but the feeling is summed up the moment Jessie peers out of the box to see her owner driving away.
Goodbye Boo - 'Monsters Inc'
Sulley takes cute little Boo home for the final time and, knowing he's never going to see her again, is rather upsetting for him after the bond they built throughout the movie. It's only when he tucks her into bed and says, "Goodbye, Boo" that she realises he's leaving for good. A tender, sorrowful hug follows, before he walks away.
Peril at the waste disposal in 'Toy Story 3'
Not the most upsetting scene from this wonderful trilogy conclusion (that's still to come), but when Woody and the gang slide down the garbage heap towards a pit of molten, burning waste, it's hard not to question how they will escape. A pit of lava awaits with an unbearably sombre yet tense mood. Even though you know this cannot be the end, it still feels awfully inevitable and horrifying nonetheless. As the characters look at one another and embrace an inevitable death, they all link hands and pray for a quick demise. It's a hugely tense moment that is, thankfully, resolved with some help from 'the claw'.
When WALL-E fails to recognise EVE in 'WALL-E'
After being batter and subsequently rebuilt by EVE, WALL-E recharges his solar energy but appears to have lost any memory and 'human' emotion he has developed. EVE chases him; grabs him; touches his face - the heartache in her voice and eyes clear - as she extends her hand and interlocks their fingers. He simply stares back blankly, before she slowly leans in to 'kiss' him on the head. The despair plain to see and wonderfully conveyed.
The final shot in 'Toy Story 3'
Whist the previous entry for 'Toy Story 3' had your nerves in tatters; this one is bound to break you. It comes just after Andy gives all his toys to friend-of-the-family Bonnie, before driving off for college. Firstly, he introduces each character to her before reluctantly handing over Woody. Even though this moment is both liberating and the point Andy finally lets go, the shot after is perhaps even more poignant. It's perfect closure to the trilogy, but also deftly sad that Andy has finally outgrown his toys. As Andy drives off, the emotive music kicks in. The toys sit up and gaze longingly at the car in the distance. Woody utters, "So long, Cowboy". The end of an era.
"Daddy's got you" from 'Finding Nemo'
Having just lost his wife and all his unborn offspring, a distraught Marlin happens to spot one sole spawn sitting at the bottom of the seabed. He gently picks it up -- noticing the side is damaged - and whispers, "It's okay, Daddy's here. Daddy's got you". Heartbreaking but uplifting.
'Married Life' montage from 'Up'
Perhaps one of the saddest montages of recent times - and not merely in animation - is the telling of Carl and Ellie's marital life. It's sublime and offers a whole range of emotions. A tearful segment is the transition from an excited nursery-decorating couple to a prenatal doctor's office as Carl consoles a sobbing Ellie. The moments after are agonizing; none more so than an elderly Carl tending to equally ageing, yet poorly Ellie in hospital, before fading into a shot of him sat alone after her funeral.