When Andy ultimately decides to give his toys to Bonnie. That right there was enough to make this troper start tearing up, especially considering how the last scene of the Toy Story series so brilliantly mirrors the beginning of the first.
The very heartwarming thing this troper found about that scene is how Andy describes to Bonnie how he remembers each toy, showing it isn't that he really forgot about them, he simply outgrew them and now we see he still remembers how special they all are to him.
Even more importantly, the toys are hearing about how special they all are to him, after he called them "junk" near the beginning of the film to stop his mother from selling them.
Andy gets all choked up as he's getting into his car right after.
What got me was when he realised Woody was in the box of toys being donated and Bonnie reaches out to take him. Andy's immediate instinct is to snatch Woody back and not give him up.
This Troper grew up with the Toy Story trilogy - the first movie was made a year before she was born - and the entirety of the movie after the magnet scene sent her into loud, VERY loud, desperately stifled tears. She later complained to herself that she cried too easily...
For this troper, it was seeing Andy playing with the toys with Bonnie. It's what they've wanted the whole movie. Andy is leaving, but he played with them one last time.
Operation: Playtime was a success after all...
And on top of it all, Woody gives up his place in the college box, to make sure that his friends got a loving home.
When Andy's toys are facing the incinerator and they calmly accept their fate and comfort each other by joining hands, every one of them.
This is a subtle moment during the incinerator scene; Mr. Potato Head holds Rex's hand after spending the entire trilogy bad-mouthing him.
The beginning, which is probably just as melancholy as the ending. It may not be as heartbreaking as the beginning scene from Up, but good god is it tearful. Not only are we shown the Andy we know playing with his toys through an old betamax tape which constantly reminds us this is all in the past, not only do we see him aging over time, or that we see that his entire toy family is decreasing, BUT this is all accompanied with the original "You've Got A Friend In Me". It turns right into Tear Jerker territory when it ends on the line Our friendship will never die..
Arguably made even more heartbreaking in some of the translations. For instance, the Latin Spanish translation replaces that line with "El tiempo no volará" (literally Time will not fly)...
Bonnie practically defines this trope. Not only is she painstakingly adorable and hilarious in every single scene, her playtime so brilliantly mirrors that of Andy's that it's impossible not to gush at her.
This scene, during Bonnie's first playtime introduction after she drinks too much pretend coffee. Caution: EXTREME Moe Ahead, will lead to Cuteness Overload in all individuals ◊
The entire Where Are They Now end credits, where Bonnie's toys have gladly welcomed Andy's into the family and Sunnyside is made "cool and groovy!" thanks to Barbie and Ken (who knew they could be so awesome?). Even the toy soldiers get a happy ending, landing at Sunnyside. The fact it ends with everyone dancing to a Spanish version of "You've Got a Friend In Me" just makes it the perfect conclusion to one of the best trilogies of all time.
What got me about it, kind of mixed with a Funny Moment was how Potato Head looks with disgust at Woody's dancing. Kind of brings a "Back to normal" vibe to it.
Chuckles the Clown smiling at the end. Not So Stoic for kids, and just as powerful.
Not to mention that it looks like Barbie and Ken adopted Big Baby.
At the end, Andy gives Woody one last piggyback ride, just like he used to when he was a kid and as seen from the video tape. Meaningful Echo that one.
Say what you want Woody/Jessie shippers, but the end credit scene with Buzz and Jessie doing a paso doble to the Gypsy King's "Hay Un Amigo En Mi" pretty much solidifies their romance together at the end of the film.
A bit Meta, but this animation fanatic troper, found the inclusion of a Totoro doll in some scenes, truly heartwarming, because it shows the high amount of respect that Pixar has for their predecessors.
And that grin at the end. EEEEEEEEEEEEE!
When Bonnie first met Jessie, the score could have easily been "When She Loved Me". It probably wasn't so that Toy Story fans could see the rest of the movie, instead of solid tears.
You mean get up to the part where Andy says "Now, Woody..." and its clear he's giving Woody to her. After that, all bets are off and everyone is crying.
This Troper didn't even make it to that. He saw the original film at six years old. Soon after, his father gave him a Buzz Lightyear for HIS birthday. He even gave him a sharpie to write his name on the bottom of Buzz's boot. Buzz didn't last beyond a couple of years. Neither did this Troper's father. So the fond memories, heartbreak, grief, nostalgia and gratitude all hit him like a Mike Tyson hook to the gut when Andy gave Buzz to Bonnie. Still does, every time.
In what's almost a Fridge moment, the condition that Andy's toys are in is a heartwarming moment. Andy has had all of these toys for at least a decade. All of the toys he still has are still in very good condition. Buzz's electronic parts all work great (and his batteries have the juice to power them), the Potato Heads still have every last one of their parts, Slinky's body isn't tangled...it's clear that Andy cared about his toys, even as he got older, and was apparently made sure to either repair them or to not damage them in the first place. Sure, a lot of his old toys are gone, but look back at the toys you played with as a kid. How many of them would still be in the sort of shape that Andy's toys are in? This boy cared about his toys.
When Andy's dog come onto the screen, all old and sleepy whereas in the previous film he ran about like a madman. Growing up with these movies as well as having a dog who is fourteen just makes this troper well up to see him and furthermore just makes me sad at no longer being a child. Oh Pixar, you broke the hearts of college kids the world over.
The night after Bonnie first plays with Woody. While Woody has become the new favourite, instead of acting jealous they actually compliment him on how happy he was making her.
When Woody tries to leave, Bonnie's toys are initially hurt and worried that he didn't have fun, but when he explains that he's someone else's toy already they all band together to help him get home.
What's even more heartwarming is that Woody is willing to give up the chance to be played with everyday so he can go to college with Andy, where he'll be completely alone with nothing to do and no one to talk to. That's when you realize Woody's bond with Andy is so much more than just a toy with his owner. It's genuine, undying love/loyalty.
Early on in the movie when Andy decides to pack up his old toys and put them in the attic, he stops with Woody and puts him in his College box. After the neglect he felt in the first movie and for the decade that lead up to this movie, it shows that Woody is still Andy's favorite toy.
Lotso's fate. Some see it as a Fate Worse than Death. However, the Garbage man took Lotso out of nostalgia. When I first saw it, I felt like this would give Lotso a chance to reform.
During Ken's attempt to help the toys, Lotso simply tells him "She's a Barbie doll! There's a hundred million others just like her!". And despite all wishes to the contrary, he's right; Ken could find another relatively easy. But Ken says 'Screw that' with one simple line:
Ken: (looking at Barbie) Not to me there's not!
It's even recognized as such In-Universe
I've always seen Toy Story 3 as Fridge Brilliance- in-universe Andy is now about the same age as the kids who saw the first two movies when they first came out and fell in love with the characters. It feels like the film was written for that particular generation of fans- a recognition of the impact the films had on their childhoods.
Even brainwashed, Buzz still has strong feelings for Jessie. "Bewitching good looks," anyone?
A meta-example: While Pixar could have gotten any actor to voice college-aged Andy, their first choice was the same actor who voiced him in the first two films (John Morris). Especially since Toy Story 2 was his last role and they had to track him down.