The great thing about Pixar is that they make these incredible stories for children and adults. It’s a family experience. Everyone wants to see the movie and this is exactly what they did with Inside Out.
Inside Out is directed and written by Pete Docter who has brought us amazing films such as Up, Monsters Inc and Wall-E. You see and feel all types of different emotions during this film; you literally see “emotion” characters on-screen. How cool and different is that?
The movie is about these different emotions inside the head of a little girl named Riley, played by Kaitlyn Dias.
The cast is fantastic!
Joy is played by Amy Poehler, Sadness is played by Phyllis Smith, Anger is played by Lewis Black, Disgust is played by Mindy Kahling and my personal favorite, Fear is played by Bill Hader. There’s also a surprise character named Bing Bong played by Richard Kind later in the movie. All of these characters guide Riley through life; while living and operating out of headquarters (Riley’s mind), especially the main character Joy.
The movie starts with Riley as a baby and you see flashes of her growing up and building her personality and life. Everything is going great for Riley and her emotions until her family moves to San Francisco. This is where it starts going downhill.
Riley and her emotions are having a hard time transitioning to this new city. Joy tries to keep Riley happy by thinking of old happy memories with her family but Sadness ends up touching it and changing the memory from happy to sad. Joy quickly tries to change it back but it’s too late. The happy memory is gone. From there Sadness creates a core memory for Riley that isn’t happy and Joy will not have this. Joy tries to put the memory in the “memory dump” but Sadness stops her. All of the core memories end up falling out of the main console where they stay. During this struggle, Joy and Sadness get sucked into the dump tube with all of Riley’s core memories. They land in Riley’s long-term memory. Now, Joy and Sadness must find a way to get back to headquarters and put the core memories back before Riley loses all of core memories and her personality traits. Her personality will disappear without the core memories that built her personality in the first place.
This is where the journey begins for Joy and Sadness as they travel around long term memory going into Imagination Land, Dream Productions, and Subconscious to get back to headquarters and save Riley before she loses all of her core memories. At the end of the movie, Joy realized that without Sadness, Riley can’t enjoy the simple joys in life. She needs all of her emotions. She can’t be happy all of the time.
To me this was a very interesting and complex animated film. It had many layers and was educational with how people’s memory works. The film makers worked with psychologists to make sure that Riley’s mind was scientifically accurate with her short and long-term memory. Not many animated films do that but this one did and that’s why it’s different and great. It’s more than just a funny, happy cartoon. The movie deals with people’s emotions and how we need each emotion to grow and become stronger in life. It’s an original and engaging story for everyone. The audience will laugh and cry in the same scene and that’s what makes a movie.
According to director Pete Docter, each emotion is based on a shape: Joy is based on a star, Sadness is a teardrop, Anger is a fire brick, Fear is a raw nerve, and Disgust is broccoli.
Ta Ta For Now!