The Moment: A depressed Jessie explains to Woody why she doesn’t ever want to be owned by a human again. Instead of reams of exposition or a standard montage, the TS team cues up Sarah McLachlan singing the Randy Newman-penned 'When She Loved Me' to show how Jessie had been cherished then cast aside.
Tears? You betcha. In Their Own Words: “This is one of the best uses of a song, I think, in any movie,” says Lasseter. “We were working on this sequence where Jessie relates her back story. And every time she would tell the story, it lost some emotion. We said, ‘What about a song?’
We don’t generally like to have characters break out in song. We like a song to fit the emotion and this worked so well. Randy Newman wrote it very fast. I told him, ‘Randy, this song has to be sad.' It brought tears to our eyes.”