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Toy Story 3 Review

Why Didn't Anybody Tell Me: Toy Story 3 Brings Mom to Tears

As a child, I had to be lifted out of my theater seat because I couldn't stop sobbing after Bambi's mother was shot. The same thing happened when Dumbo was separated from his mother. I shouldn't be surprised that many Disney (and its offshoot, Pixar) films elicit the same reaction when I take my tot to the theater.

I've seen the first two Toy Story films multiple times due to their heavy rotation on our DVD player and have found them all to be charming stories that resonate with me. But no one prepared me for the avalanche of tears that would take control of me during the third installment of the trilogy. The story of a boy moving beyond his childhood and leaving the reminders of his youth behind had me begging the clock to freeze so my lil ones would remain innocent kids, who believe that their toy planes really can fly and that Spiderman is on the other end of their toy phones forever. We already have bags filled with infant and toddler toys, and I know that the future holds plenty more, but I wasn't ready to face the sense of abandonment that one feels when a loved one moves on.

I left the theater mourning the loss of my children's childhoods 14 years earlier than necessary. I also left that theater ready to cherish each day a bit more than I did before seeing the movie.

Photo courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures

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adonnam04 adonnam04 5 years
OMG... was I the only one who felt so much empathy for Andy's mom? I went to see the movie w/ two of my single mom g/f and all our children and we were all bawling at the end (of course). They both commented about the toys and Andy playing w/ the toys one last time etc and I looked at them and said "Oh gosh, did you see Andy's mom when she was hugging him goodbye... this is a single mom loosing her oldest boy (we all 3 have boys). I think this movie is a metaphor for mommies letting go of their babies (ok so I was a little emotional)... etc etc" lol, our kids (who were dressed as Buzz's, a Woody, and an alein all thought we were crazy blubbering momma's.
MissSushi MissSushi 5 years
I cannot watch bambi, dumbo, or fox and the hound.. come ON, the very beginning of fox and the hound is the mother fox clutching her baby in her mouth as she runs frantically away from a hunter and his dogs... ugh. surprisingly, considering i am, and always have been, a complete sob fest about this sort of thing, the thought of them growing up and moving out doesn't bother me like that. Though, today, I realized my 2 1/2 year old so isn't a baby anymore and it was a sad moment.
DiamondSkies DiamondSkies 5 years
This just reminds me that my baby is starting preschool this year. She can't wait. I, on the other hand wish I could stop the clock for a while more.
chloe-bella chloe-bella 5 years
*I meant Dumbo and Bambi, not Toy Story
chloe-bella chloe-bella 5 years
Oh my, I also cried uncontrollably as a child while watching both Dumbo and Toy Story. I imagine this would bring me to tears as well - I cried for the same reason while watching Father of the Bride, and I don't even have kids yet!
runningesq runningesq 5 years
I've never understood when parents freaked out about their kids growing up (it's what they do, and the goal of parents is to prepare their children to leave and lead indepdent lives)... until I got pregnant. I'm 6 mo now, and I turned to my husband and sobbed "he's going to LEAVE US and go to COLLEGE". I was talking to my mom about it, and she told me that her first thought upon seeing me at birth was "I hope she never leaves us" ... and then she said "and then you turned 13, and I thought 'when will she leave us?'" HA!
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