Family Movietime: Pixar’s Inside Out

Inside Out one sheet

Emotions control everything you do. Inside Out, the latest from Disney and Pixar is less about Riley an 11-year-old girl who’s family just moved from Minnesota to San Francisco and more about what goes on inside of her. The emotions that guide her and her outward reactions to her everyday life.

Joy (Amy Poehler) is her first emotion. Joy is created when she’s born and first opens her eyes. Sadness (Phyllis Smith) follows shortly after. They control how she reacts by a console which is just a single button and whoever pushes it makes that emotion happen. Anger (Lewis Black), Fear (Bill Hader), and Disgust (Mindy Kaling) are also there. As Riley grows so does her console and the things that make her who she is, form a team where there’s always a leader.

Anger, Sadness, Joy, Disgust and Fear look out onto Riley's thought islands

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Joy is in charge of Riley’s (Kaitlyn Dias) everyday life and looking at the daily memory balls you can see that she makes sure that most of the things that happen are filled with…well joy. The core memories are also yellow like Joy but then for some odd reason Sadness touches a core memory and it turns blue, something that’s not supposed to happen. Thru a series of chaotic events Joy and Sadness end up outside of Central command with the core memories. Not having 2 emotions or the core things that power you result in Riley starting to change in ways that might never be repaired.

sadness and joy - inside Out

Sadness & Joy. ©2015 Disney•Pixar

Inside Out is so focused on the emotions it really touches you. Everyone has these core emotions and as we see when we get a peek inside Mom and Dad’s heads everything as the same lineup but different people are in charge. Mom has Sadness in Center Chair but she’s much more balanced and reasonable along with the rest of her team. Dad has Anger in charge and again all the others all seem to be just like him working in tandem to get all needed results even if those aren’t the right ones because even emotions check out from time to time. We also see the other parts of what makes you, you. Long term memory is filled with Forgetter Workers who remove faded memories and just because its a fun prank send back to command a memory you can’t get out of your head. That explains why jingles are so catchy!

Joy looking at the shelves of long term memory - Inside Out

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Inside Out is a very thoughtful and entertaining film. My daughter really got choked up at the end and couldn’t stop talking about the memories and why they were certain colors. It is definitely meant for kids to identify with, but it also makes a point to show you that then same thing is inside everyone, there’s always a lead emotion and when you are faced with a new adventure such as a big life event things don’t go so smoothly but the shape who you are as a person.

Inside Out is preceded by the new Pixar animated short Lava. Lava is about a volcano who sees love and couples all around him. There’s nothing he wants more than companionship so he sings every single day wishing for someone to Lava.

Pixar's Lava

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My Rating: Full Price
Worth the upcharge: No
Directors: Pete Docter & Ronaldo Del Carmen
Studio: Pixar
Release Date: June 19, 2015
Run time: 94 minutes
MPAA Rating: PG