Toy StoryAs you're no doubt aware, the greatest animated film of all time (probably) has a third instalment in cinemas from 19 July. Yep, Toy Story 3 is here and it looks every bit as emotional and funny as the first two movies.

Like all Pixar's catalogue, the Toy Story films are packed with far more humour, emotion and pathos than you'd expect from a children's animated film - in fact, you don't really need to have a little 'un by your side to justify watching them.

Anyway, as we enter into the final phase in the life of Andy and his beloved toys, we thought we'd gather together our favourite scenes from the first two adventures. Take a look at our selection after the jump.

To infinity... and beyond! Toy StoryAs you're no doubt aware, the greatest animated film of all time (probably) has a third instalment in cinemas from 19 July. Yep, Toy Story 3 is here and it looks every bit as emotional and funny as the first two movies.

Like all Pixar's catalogue, the Toy Story films are packed with far more humour, emotion and pathos than you'd expect from a children's animated film - in fact, you don't really need to have a little 'un by your side to justify watching them.

Anyway, as we enter into the final phase in the life of Andy and his beloved toys, we thought we'd gather together our favourite scenes from the first two adventures. If we've missed any of your favourite bits then put us right in the comments below. Okay, let's get started.

To infinity... and beyond!

Buzz Lightyear suffers an identity crisis
"One minute you're defending the whole galaxy," whines the starship trooper in the funniest moment of the first two films. "Suddenly you find yourself supping Darjeeling with Marie Antoinette and her little sister". Years of academy training go to waste as poor Buzz finds himself transformed into Mrs Nesbitt at a tea party in Sid's sister's room. The hat looked good though.



When She Loved Me
The most emotional song in Toy Story 2 is Sarah McLachlan's haunting 'When She Loved Me' which soundtracks the story of cowgirl Jessie's happy early years followed by neglect as her owner grows up. Like the moving montage of Carl and Ellie's marriage in Up, it's a classic example of Pixar tugging at the heartstrings and, in this case, will make you feel guilty for ever getting rid of your own toys.



The Claw is our master
"Who's in charge here?" Buzz asks an arcade grab machine stuffed with squeezy green three-eyed aliens. As one, the hundreds of aliens point skywards and reply in awe and wonder "the claw". If there is a religious message in Toy Story then this is surely it (don't worship false Gods). The scene also ruined one of the scariest bits in War Of The Worlds - when Tom Cruise is sucked into the belly of the tripod it's hard to stop yourself thinking, "the claw is our master".



Geri the repairman
The old man who appeared in the very first Pixar short film playing chess with himself makes a cameo appearance fixing up Woody. Arriving at the door like Harvey Keitel's underworld cleaner in Pulp Fiction with his box of specialist tools, he stitches, buffs and transforms Woody into a good as new doll for the slobbering toy collector anxious to sell his yard sale find to a Japanese museum.



The toys get revenge on Sid
Andy's neighbour, Sid, is a a young man who enjoys nothing more than soldering a baby dolls head on to the body of a Meccano spider and operating a toy version of Auschwitz in his back yard. However, after inadvertently finding themselves in his house, Buzz and Woody lead a mutiny of the freaks which culminates in this classic scene revealing the dark side of our cowboy friend.



Big Al's Toy Barn
The scene where the toys find themselves inside the gigantic store in Toy Story 2 is a classic. First there's Buzz getting into a scrap with an identical Buzz and finding himself back in a box, then there's the hilarious Tour Guide Barbie who takes Hamm, Mr Potato Head, Slinky Dog and Rex on a spin around the aisles in her jeep. Best of all there's an excellent pastiche of Jurassic Park as we see Rex chase after the tour party in the side view mirror: "dinosaur overboard!"



The rocket
The climactic scene of the first movie sees sworn enemies Buzz and Woody finally bonding as, abandoned on the roadside, they attempt to reunite with the other toys in the removal truck. Fulfilling his destiny, Buzz - with the help of a firework and a match - truly does get to go "to infinity and beyond" before landing plumb inside Andy's toy box. "See," says Mum, "what did I tell you? Right where you left 'em." Sweet.



Andy goes to camp
It's a depressing moment of truth in Toy Story 2 for Woody as seven-year-old Andy goes off to Cowboy Summer Camp and completely forgets his best pal. How could he? All manner of dark thoughts go through Woody's mind as he imagines himself falling though a deck of cards and into a bin before the wheezing of an abandoned asthmatic penguin brings him back to his senses.

Prepare to meet Mr Angry Eyes
Discovering that he's a valuable collectible based on old TV show Woody's Round Up, the Tom Hanks voiced doll finds himself in the company of a mint condition 'Pete the Prospector' toy from the same show. On the verge of agreeing to join him on the trip to the toy museum, he's rescued from a life behind glass by his old pals from Andy's room and, in particular, Mr Potato Head who saves the day with his "angry eyes".



Buzz finally realises he's a toy
Operating under the illusion that he's landed on a hostile planet and must defeat the evil Zurg, Buzz is brought down to earth with a bump when he catches a TV advert for Buzz Lightyear toys on TV. Up until this point we'd been laughing at the macho spaceman, suddenly we feel sorry for him. It's like that moment in life when you realise that your dad isn't some superman but an ordinary fella just like everyone else. Sniff...



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