Disney and Pixar films that will make you ugly-cry

Teng Yong Ping
·Lifestyle Editor
·3-min read
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Disney and Pixar enjoy wringing tears from us with their characters' heartwrenching stories. We've asked around our newsroom and rounded up submissions from our colleagues for the most tear-jerking movies from the animation studios. Now, with a Disney+ subscription, you can put on one of these films anytime you feel like bawling your eyes out. (This article contains spoilers for the movies mentioned.)

The toys face a test in Toy Story 3. (Photo: Disney)
The toys face a test in Toy Story 3. (Photo: Disney)

The Toy Story series

Which of the Toy Story movies didn't make us cry? Toy Story was Pixar's first feature film, and still its best series by far. I mean, they made four of 'em.

We're not going to exhaustively list all the instances where these mere hunks of plastic, led by Woody and Buzz Lightyear, made us ugly-cry at their fears and joys. Here are some of the worst culprits:

1) When cowgirl toy Jessie recounts her sad story of being "abandoned" when her owner Emily outgrew her, in a montage scene set to the song When She Loved Me in Toy Story 2.

2) The scene in Toy Story 3 where the toys, trapped in a rubbish incinerator, are all about to be burnt to a crisp, and they all link hands as a family to accept their fate.

3) When Andy, having grown up and preparing to move to college in Toy Story 3, plays with his toys one last time as he says farewell and gives them away to Bonnie, signifying a new owner and beginning for the toys.

4) When Woody says farewell to the toys at the end of Toy Story 4 as he joins Bo Peep as a free toy without an owner.

Simba and Mufasa in The Lion King.
Simba and Mufasa in The Lion King.

The Lion King

This film is one of Disney's masterpieces from its golden age in the '90s. Little Simba was scarred for life when his evil uncle Scar murdered his father Mufasa by way of inciting a wildebeest stampede. As our Yahoo News Editor Han Keong says, "Tragedy, betrayal, guilt — all the ingredients to ugly-cry are there."

Arlo and Spot in The Good Dinosaur.
Arlo and Spot in The Good Dinosaur.

The Good Dinosaur

"Many of us from an Asian household can probably relate to Arlo, the dinosaur protagonist of this movie," says Stephanie, a Yahoo Lifestyle Editor. "He did not seem to live up to his family's expectations, made foolish mistakes and can't seem to take responsibility for his own actions. But with mistakes came emotional growth, and boy, I did not expect the feels, and the puffy eyes that came with it when I exited the cinema."


Miguel and Hector in Coco.
Miguel and Hector in Coco.


"I cry every single time I watch the clip of the song Remember Me from Pixar’s Coco (2017)," says Yong Ping, a Yahoo Lifestyle Editor. "The song is featured in two pivotal scenes in the movie. The first one is when Hector tells Miguel how he used to sing the song with his daughter Coco, Miguel’s great-grandmother. The second is at the end when Miguel sings the song to Coco so that she remembers her dead father Hector, hence saving him from disappearing in the Land of the Dead. The film won two Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song for Remember Me."

Russell and Carl in Up.
Russell and Carl in Up.


"Up has the ability to make grown-up adults like me bawl in the first 10 minutes of the film," says Reta, our Yahoo Lifestyle Editor-in-chief. "It's a beautiful film about growing up together, looking back at regrets, learning about compassion and making sure you count your blessings every day. I hope you'll look at your loved ones and hold them tighter after watching this film because I sure would."

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