Spoilers. Spoilers. Spoilers. There. I warned you.
I lost track of how many times I cried while re-watching Toy Story 3 with my dad and brother. I cried in the cinema, I cry just thinking about it, so I'm dedicating this blog post to figuring out why this film destroys me so easily. Hence, SPOILERS! I'm assuming everyone who cares has seen this already anyway.
First off, it's a Pixar creation, and generally I sign myself off to an hour and a half's teetering on the edge of tears for one of their films. For instance, I can't help but burst into tears when Carl says 'You're a good dog!' in Up: I just lose control over every new sentiment. I can only respect their sheer brilliance in story-telling. The trick is you have to love the characters first, share in their happiness, so that when it truly matters, you share every other emotion too. So in Toy Story 3 it really matters when Andy might be getting rid of his toys when he goes to college, it really matters when they get separated from each other, and it really matters when it looks like it's the end. I mean, I knew the ending, and I was still sobbing, audibly sobbing, into my dad's shoulder when they all linked hands, falling slowly towards the furnace. It's the present emotions that drive everything; it's the journey we join them on.
Secondly, I think it's something to do with being of my particular generation too. The first film came out when I was 5 - perfectly placed to fall in love without properly understanding, to keep re-watching whilst accumulating greater understanding, and, finally, to have a very firm claim to owning this franchise (nostalgia-wise). So, by the time we get to number 3, I'm 20, and the resounding themes Pixar are (rather unsubtly) hammering home being the process of growing up, readjusting relationships and moving on, what else can I do but react as I always do? Anyone who claims to not have even choked up at the final scene in Toy Story 3 is just plain lying.
Thirdly, I have a secret crush on Spanish Buzz and will mourn his loss for all eternity.