Top 5 Saddest Scenes From Disney Pixar
Pixar Studios is a pioneer in creating computer-animated films with fantastic storylines suitable for kids and adults of all ages. The recipe for a great Pixar film is simple.
Mix child-like imagination, with a groundbreaking story, and lovable but motivated characters, and you’ve got yourself a Pixar classic that will age with you for all the years to come.
The film studio is also known for producing real heart-wrenching scenes. Certain scenes stand out more than others, so here are some of the most notable and saddest Pixar scenes within their impressive library of classics.
And in case you’re wondering, yes—there will be spoilers.
#5 – Coco
After a long bout of sequels and prequels, Pixar finally gave us this original story in 2017, proving that they were still number one at providing captivating tales.
Coco stars a young musician from Mexico after he finds himself in the Land of the Dead on Dia de Los Muertos.
This film deals with loss, following one’s passion, and the importance of family. It’s also set against a backdrop of one of the most beautifully animated worlds Pixar has created to date, the Land of the Dead. This film was carefully crafted, well researched, and it’s also a major tearjerker.
But undeniably, the saddest scene is a flashback where Hector, one of the protagonists living in the Land of the Dead, sings a lullaby to his daughter, Coco. His sings the song he wrote for her titled, Remember Me.
#4 – Inside Out
How do you explore something as complex as the human psyche, and make it enjoyable for audiences of all ages?
Pixar figured they could tackle this by creating a film about emotions. Having emotions. Inside Out contains deep-rooted and complex concepts like dreams, memories, and emotions.
The film follows Riley, an 11-year-old girl adjusting to her new life in San Francisco.
However, inside of Riley’s head, two of her most important emotions, Joy and Sadness, embark on their own quest back to headquarters after being thrown across Riley’s mind.
Joy teams up with Bing Bong, Riley’s old and near-forgotten imaginary friend. When they both end up in a nearly impossible to escape situation, Bing Bong sacrifices himself in what can be called one of the most selfless and noble moves in the film.
#3 – Up
Up tells the story of an elderly man named Carl, struggling to get over the loss of his wife.
The beginning of the film consists of an eight-minute montage, where we follow the lives of Ellie and Carl, a hopeful and young married couple. We see them age and eventually see Ellie get sick and pass away. The powerful imagery and music tell this story of love and loss with no dialog whatsoever, yet it tells us everything we need to know about their love story.
#2 – Toy Story 4
Toy Story 4, Pixar’s latest film to date, was the emotional bookend that finally closed this beloved franchise spanning over ten years. If you were one of the many Toy Story fans that flocked to the theatre opening weekend, you’ve most likely seen (and cried over) the final scene of the film.
The film starts with Woody, longing to find his new purpose in life after Andy. However, ten minutes before the film wraps up, Woody decides to stay and pave a new life with his long lost love interest, Bo Peep. His goodbye to all the toys—and in particular his farewell to his best friend Buzz Lightyear—is a bittersweet end to this original and historically significant series of films. Buzz and Woody utter the last iconic line in near unison.
‘To infinity and beyond.’
#1 – The Good Dinosaur
Incredibly underrated, The Good Dinosaur, is one of Pixar’s less successful films, receiving less than stellar reviews from both critics and audience members. Though many fans thought this film was lukewarm at best, there’s no denying one scene, in particular, stands out as one of the saddest deaths in Pixar history.
We meet Arlo, a young dinosaur living in the prehistoric era with his loving parents and two siblings. However, his peaceful life is unfortunately shaken when his father, Henry, dies during a violent storm.
We see Henry’s face as he’s hit with the realization that he won’t live to see another day. It’s quite dark and tear-inducing. His son Arlo calls out for him desperately, and it will just make your stomach drop.