How Pixar uses music to make us cry

We never stood a chance…

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Ever wondered how grown men can be reduced to a blubbering mess when watching Up? Or how Monsters Inc can leave us sobbing into our box of tissues? It turns out it’s far more complicated than some well-placed violin strings…  

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According to this new video from Sideways, what the folks at Pixar do is clever. Like, really clever. The big secret is combining sad scenes with happy music, or at least contrasting the sound and the visuals and what they represent.

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Check out the theory behind the music below…