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Last night I caught Wall-E airing on ABC Family, and I posted the following challenge to everyone on Twitter: "Name me a scene in the Pixar canon better than Wall-E and Eve's space dance, I dare you."
If you're not familiar with the scene I'm referencing you can watch it below, though for God's sake pick up the DVD or Blu-Ray and watch it in the resolution it was intended for; it's worth it, I promise.
Anyway, apparently everyone loves to talk about Pixar when the gauntlet is thrown down, as I got a flood of responses from people with their own picks for Pixar's finest moments. And surprisingly enough, there was kind of a consensus about how wrong I was: a whopping 13 of the 40-odd responses singled out the opening "Married Life" montage in Up as the best thing Pixar has ever done. You can also watch it embedded below, though you probably know by now you ought to have tissues ready.
Here are some of the other most popular responses; nearly all of the picks came from Wall-E, Up, Ratatouille or one of the Toy Story movies; Cars, Finding Nemo and A Bug's Life were left out entirely. What do you guys have against Dory the fish exactly?
The "incinerator scene" from Toy Story 3: 5 votes
The end of Toy Story 3: 5 votes
The third act of The Incredibles (there were a lot of varied individual picks here): 4 votes
Jessie's "When She Loved Me" flashback in Toy Story 2: 3 votes
Wall-E and Eve's space dance (the right answer, you guys!): 3 votes
Anton Ego's flashback to childhood in Ratatouille: 3 votes
The opening scenes of Wall-E: 3 votes
The final shot of Monsters, Inc.: 2 votes
Doubtlessly you have a favorite that's not on this list; single-vote entries include "when EVE sees the replay of her security camera footage with WALL-E," "the part in UP where he finds out what's in his wife's book," "the scene in Toy Story when Buzz discovers that he is not a toy and then jumps off the ledge, losing his arm," "Dash/Violet's chase and escape from the Incredibles that leads into the family being reunited," and, uh, "Am I allowed to grandfather clause in Iron Giant? Because...that. All of that." Clearly this argument needs to continue in the comments, and what else do you have going on this Memorial Day holiday?