The Sonia Show

Writer. Mocker. Beer drinker. Old movie watcher. Mother. Goober.

I’ll Give You Something To Cry About


Yeah, so, my mighty, mighty good boy Calvin is all about watching the “Toy Story” movies, which means I’ve been crying a lot lately.


Calvin’s cousin Lucy gave him all her “Toy Story” dolls, including Woody, Jesse, Bullseye and Buzz.

Calvin is in love with these movies right now, and they are really terrific movies. I might even say they are practically perfect movies. They are funny, thoughtful and full of adventure. And I love how they are encouraging Calvin to do more imaginative play with his toys, which isn’t something many autistic children do.

Calvin refers to Woody as “Muddy.” We’re not sure why, but it’s kinda funny.

I can get through the first “Toy Story” without tears. “Toy Story 2” has that oh-so-sad sequence in the middle of the movie, in which Jessie’s owner ditches her in a donation pile. It completely wrecked me when I first saw the movie in theater. I cried so much during that scene that I had been afraid to see the movie again. I just watched it for the first time since 1999 last week, and I totally cried again. I’m not made of stone, people. But after the 20th time, the scene loses its power. I can get through “Toy Story 2” now and only feel a little sad for Jessie, because I know the movie has a happy ending.

Of course, “Toy Story 2” is mere child’s play compared to tear-inducing antics of “Toy Story 3,” which Calvin started watching the other day. “Toy Story 3” made me cry so hard in the theater that I was embarrassed. I hadn’t seen it since it came out in 2010.

It still makes me cry. Spoilers for “Toy Story 3” … But the scene when all the toys are headed toward the incinerator destroys me. All the toys are been pulled toward the fire where they will be melted down, and they are trying so hard to get out, but at a certain point they just accept their fate. They look at each other, and they start joining hands, and they face their impending death hand in hand. GAAAAAHHHHHH! Of course, they make it out completely intact, but still – I started bawling like a baby while Calvin watched it. I left the room sobbing.

Then at the end, when college-bound Andy gives his toys away to Bonnie to play with … *cries just thinking about it*

Damn you, Toy Story! Damn you!

Pixar has mastered making adults cry. You’d have to be a cold-hearted bastard to make it through “Up” without shedding a tear. For days after seeing “Up” I would cry when I was talking about it. Calvin got “Inside Out” for Christmas, and I know it’s going to make me cry … again.

So, what movies or TV shows do your kids watch that make you cry?



Author: The Sonia Show

I'm a writer/podcaster/mother/goober in San Francisco who likes to drink beer, shop, laugh and make other people laugh, watch old movies, feed my unhealthy obsession with pop culture, kick breast cancer's ass, go on adventures with my mighty, mighty good man David and my awesome autistic son, Calvin, wear orange and root for the San Francisco Giants, participate in general jackass-ery, talk about TV, eavesdrop on strangers' conversations, make nerdy “Star Wars” and “Simpsons” references, and post personal things about myself on the web for all to read, which makes me some sort of literary exhibitionist.

6 thoughts on “I’ll Give You Something To Cry About

  1. I just choked up reading this post, and I’m not even watching the movies.

  2. we are all those toys in TS3 in the furnace


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