Riley was living a pretty joyful life in Minnesota, but when her parents decide to pack up and head west to San Francisco, her emotions – joy, sad, fear, disgust and anger, struggle to guide her through her new life.
My thoughts on the film
If you didn’t know this already, Inside Out is a Disney/Pixar production. Do you know what that means? It’s basically a homerun. Think about it for a second. They have given us such timeless films, such as the Toy Story series, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Monsters Inc., Up and many more and there is simply no denying, that even for adults, you could watch each film over and over again.
Therefore, my expectations were certainly high for Inside Out and it certainly won me over and a whole lot of other people. Simply imagine your childhood. All those memories and feelings. And now, imagine how all those memories and feelings get stored. Well, if you can’t imagine it, Inside Out does a pretty darn good job at helping you figure it out.
The concept is probably one of Pixar’s most innovative, but not only that, the way they crafted the storyline was in a way that teaches and informs you of how important your childhood is and how it makes you, well, you. There’s certainly some good laughs, but I’ll warn you now, it will pull at your heartstrings.
Certainly, voice actors can always be forgotten in an animation film, but I couldn’t imagine a better voice cast. Amy Poehler as Joy, Phyllis Smith as Sadness, Bill Hader as Fear, Lewis Black as Anger and Mindy Kaling as Disgust. Just picture them right now and tell me they are not the perfect fit.
Make sure to get to the theatre on time as there’s a great short film and also make sure to stay when the credits roll for some more laughs, but once the names of the cast start showing up, you can then head on out.
Fun facts: The writers considered up to 27 different emotions, but of course, it would’ve been too complicated. They could always make a second one, right? Sure, but it won’t be easy. Production designer Ralph Eggleston worked for five and a half years on Inside Out.
Inside Out tells a great story and teaches some very important lessons, even for adults. It’s no stretch when I say this, but Inside Out is just as good, if not better than Up and that’s saying a lot.
Inside Out is now in theatres.