Think family movies can't be tearjerkers? Think again, because these Pixar flicks will break your heart.
The goal of this series is to show that being "manly" and being disconnected with your emotions do not necessarily go hand-in-hand. While the approach to these articles is one of comedy and satire, the emotional core of these movies is very valid. Manly movies make guys cry, for example:
What was first thought of as only for children and families, Pixar has since positioned itself as pure art. With the exceptions of Cars 2 and Monsters University, every Pixar movie is touching, gorgeous, evocative and entertaining. Children can enjoy the physical humor, parents can enjoy the adult humor. Cinema lovers can appreciate the crafted plots and casual movie goers can enjoy the brisk pacing. It's some of the best work to ever come out of Disney as a distributor/parent company, and even manly men don't have to feel embarrassed for admitting they enjoy Pixar's films. What they might have pause with is admitting that these movies make them cry, but that's where we come in.
1. Toy Story 2
While the Nazi Germany vibe of the third Toy Story felt a little heavy-handed for me, I feel that the second one in this trilogy (soon to be a quadrilogy) stands as the best. The humor is spot on, the graphics were so good that the theater audience I viewed it with audibly gasped at parts, and the plot felt natural and welcome. The best part of the plot is also what makes this one so heartbreaking: if toys are sentient, what do they do when we grow out of them? It boggles my mind to think of what a sentient mind would do if forced to lay still under a bed for years on end.
Then this movie answered that question. Basically, Jesse the cowgirl reveals a never-ending loop of raising hopes of human interaction and crippling disappointment when none is offered. These creatures imbued with life have existences that are eternal and cruel. Plus the song was heartbreaking.