ByKatie Granger, writer at
MP Staff Writer, come to bargain.
Katie Granger

Last year we received the announcement that Pixar's wildly popular Toy Story franchise will rise again with it's fourth instalment: Toy Story 4 . It's been five years since Woody, Buzz, Jessie and the rest graced our cinema screens, and news of their return has been tentatively hopeful.

With the legendary John Lasseter directing and Rashida Jones and Will McCormack writing the screenplay - which will centre upon the search for Bo Peep who was given away prior to Toy Story 3, and the ongoing romance between her and Woody - it's shaping up to be a pretty exciting installation in the franchise.

But with Toy Story 4 not scheduled for release until June 2017 there's a while to go until we get to see how this adventure is going to play out; in the meantime, we recount the most heart-wrenching moments from the journey so far...

Toy Story

Whilst trying to escape Sid's house, Buzz sees a commercial for Buzz Lightyear action figures; this is the moment that he realises that Woody was right - he is actually a toy.

It's bad enough that we see this moment of realisation when Buzz has everything he thought he knew about himself swept away in a moment - you're not special, but in fact a piece in an assembly line - but then the Randy Newman song plays, and down the stairs he falls...

Toy Story 2

This is actually a very satisfying scene to watch, and the jovial music throughout might not set the tone as overly depressing. But it's that moment when the Cleaner's brush swipes over the sole of Woody's boot, erasing Andy's mark from him, that hits a heartstring - from this moment on Woody starts doubting his connection to Andy, exacerbated by...

Ah yes, that Sarah McLachlan song.

Jessie's backstory encapsulates the central theme of the series, making us all suddenly want to dig out those stuffed toys we haven't seen in years and give them a hug. After she recounts her tale of abandonment and misery Woody decides to stay with Jessie, Bullseye and Stinky Pete, now believing that all toys eventually get discarded by their owners.

Toy Story 3

It's not even a contest with this one - an unexpectedly visceral scene for a children's movie, even for a franchise that's never been one to pull their punches.

Betrayed and left to die by antagonist Lotso, the toys end up on their way into the incinerator. Realising they cannot escape they instead accept their fate, joining hands and waiting together for the inevitability of death (which is kinda a depressing analogy for life, if you want to get existential about things).

When Buzz reaches out for Woody's hand, we know that it can't end this way (and of course it doesn't), but for that brief moment we fear seeing our childhood crushed and burnt before us. Thankfully, the aliens show up and save the day - phew.

What's your favourite/saddest moment from the Toy Story movies? Did it make the list? Tell us in the comments!


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