Pixar proved from the beginning that, pioneer in the art of animation or not, your film is nothing without heart. Here's proof.
- What better way to begin the groundbreaking Pixar legacy of Heartwarming Moments than with "You've Got a Friend in Me"?
- Perfect for bringing viewers back into the mood when they used it in the teaser for and beginning of Toy Story 3.
- The 3D double feature in theaters. Most of the 3D was pretty subtle, but at the end of the first film, there's a bunch of little kids reaching up to catch the 3D "snow" that was falling into the audience. Awwww.
- Sarge refusing to abandon any of his soldiers after Andy's mother accidentally steps on him.
Wounded Solider: Go on without me. Just go!
Sarge: A good soldier never leaves a man behind.
- When the soldiers make it to their hiding place, Sarge's first concern is getting the "okay" on the wounded soldier from the medic.
- The scene when Woody is trying to snap Buzz out of his funk and tells him, "Over in that house is a kid who thinks you are the greatest, and it's not because you're a space ranger, pal. It's because you're a toy. You are his toy!" Especially good when you read it in the "toys-as-parents" interpretation.
- Buzz accepting that he's a toy, and coming to the disheartened Woody's rescue.
- Buzz retaining his character's signature sense of justice and adventure throughout all three films, despite realizing he's not actually a space ranger.
- "Buzz, we missed the truck!" "We're not aiming for the truck!"
- "Buzz, you're flying!" "This isn't flying! This is falling with style!" It may not make sense, but anyone who didn't feel a little glow in their heart at that moment is a liar.
- Woody is about to be, for better or worse, killed by Scud. What does he say to Buzz? "Take care of Andy for me!"
- Followed by Buzz jumping on Scud whilst yelling "Nooooooooooooooooo!", saving Woody.
- At the end of the "Strange Things" sequence, even though it transitions into a Tearjerker once we see Woody's state, it's still pretty sweet to see Andy sleeping peacefully with Buzz, and the other toys also sleeping blissfully on the toy shelf.
- Subtle one: In the moving van scene, when Slinky is holding Woody and is getting stretched, Slinky says he 'can't hold on much longer'. He meant it. He really can't. One look behind him as he says it, the slink is completely straight, much more exposure would result in him snapping in two, and by extension, dying. Slinky sure was keen to prove his loyalty, just short of willing to die for it. Maybe even willing, though in this case, Heroic Sacrifice would not have been very effective.
- When the other toys accuse Woody of trying to murder Buzz, when Woody protests his innocence, Slinky instantly believes him. He and Bo are also seen angrily trying to stop the other toys attacking Woody afterwards.
- The scene where Sid's toys fix the Pteranodon toy and the Janie doll by switching their heads back, showing despite all Sid has done to them, they're still good, they care for each other, and they try to fix whatever damage Sid inflicts on them if they can.
- In "Small Fry," Buzz deciding to help the cunning little funmeal Buzz toy cope with his issue.
- In a deleted scene, Woody tries to distract Buzz from Andy with a claim of evil invaders out to find him from another part of the house. It fails because Buzz then insists on sticking close by Andy. It's nice to see that, even in his early delusional state, Buzz had a sense of loyalty towards Andy.
Buzz: [patrolling Andy's bed] Don't worry, Andy. No one gets past Buzz Lightyear.
- Even the infamous Black Friday reel has one. As Woody browbeats Slinky for not guarding him from the angry mob of toys, Potato Head, Hamm and even the usually timid Rex pull a Go Through Me. While this early rendition seems to have Slinky exist as muscle for its more villainous Woody, even the other toys think Woody's taken his treatment of him too far.