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  • What better way to begin the groundbreaking Pixar legacy of Heartwarming Moments than with "You've Got a Friend in Me"? It's practically the anthem of True Companions everywhere and the series as a whole.
    • 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 one.
    Wounded Soldier: 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.
    • When Buzz still doesn't get it, why Andy would be interested in "just a toy", Woody goes on to talk about Buzz's cool features. This is a big step for Woody, who finally admits that, yes, a Buzz Lightyear action figure is cooler than a Sheriff Woody doll. Recognizing that his own jealousy provoked the events that led to their situation, Woody sullenly asks Buzz to save himself, as he feels he should be strapped to Sid's rocket. At this point, Buzz looks at Andy's name written on his foot, and regains his drive — not to escape on his own, but to help Woody get out as well — and a sense of purpose as a toy.
    Woody: Listen Buzz, forget about me. You should get out of here while you can. (Silence. Woody turns around. Buzz is gone. Woody bows his head in shame, suddenly, the entire milkcrate begins to shake. Woody looks up to see Buzz is on top of the milkcrate, trying to push the tool box off.)
    Woody: Buzz!! What are you doing? I thought you were —
    Buzz: Come on, Sheriff. There's a kid over in that house who needs us. Now let's get you out of this thing.
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    • Buzz retaining his character's signature sense of justice and adventure throughout all four films, even after realizing he's not actually a space ranger.
  • When it seems like Woody is about to be at the mercy of an aggressive dog and fall off the moving van, his would-be last words to Buzz is "TAKE CARE OF ANDY FOR MEEEEEE!" It shows the growth of respect Woody has for his former rival. And immediately afterwards, Buzz draws the dog's attention by jumping on it and making it let go of Woody. In return, Woody uses the RC car to help Buzz make a quick getaway from Scud. Now that's teamwork.
  • "Buzz, we missed the truck!" "We're not aiming for the truck!"
    • This implies that, after all he's been through, he truly does care for both Andy and Woody.
    • Buzz and Woody winking at each other after Andy picks them up.
  • "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!"
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    • 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.
    • Right before the rest of the toys discover Woody and Buzz riding RC (thus validating Woody's innocence), Bo and Slinky are the only two who don't celebrate Woody being thrown overboard. Bo even pats Slink on the head in comfort.
  • 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.
  • While also counting as a Funny moment, after Sid had tortured Woody by using a magnifying glass to burn his forehead and Woody cools his head in a bowl of cereal, Buzz (covered in plungers) walks up to Woody, pats him on the back, and wholeheartedly commended Woody's "willingness" to remain silent.
    Buzz: You all right? (slaps Woody on the back) I'm proud of you Sheriff; a lesser man would've talked under such torture.
  • The mutant toys coming together and answering Woody's plea to rescue Buzz from being blown up. After they pull it off, Buzz offers a handshake to Woody who graciously accepts. As they leave Sid's yard, Woody thanks the mutant toys for their help.
  • Andy's toys having fun during Christmas.
    • Look closely. While Andy's bed still has the Buzz Lightyear cover, the sheets and pillow case are from the original western set, meaning he still cares about Woody!

Production & Deleted Scenes

  • 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.

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