Disney•Pixar's Inside Out
Reason for the Rating: Mild thematic elements and some action.
Plot Summary: When Riley's family moves to San Francisco, the emotions inside her head throw her into turmoil that no one is sure how to fix.
PopFam Recommends: This is a movie you and your family must see!
Summer is usually a time when kid friendly movies are released, and parents endure them in an effort to entertain while school's out. Disney•Pixar's Inside Out is something different though.
This isn't simply an animated movie to see in an attempt to pass the time or stay cool on a hot summer day. Pixar has created a movie everyone can relate to, not only in humor (your kids are going to wonder why you keep laughing at stuff they don't understand), but in emotion. Who hasn't felt the pangs of loss, whether it's in the form of a pet, a friend, or moving to a new school? Or felt the sting of rejection? As we watch Riley (Kaitlyn Dias) struggle through a difficult time, we relate. We root for her, for Joy (Amy Poehler), and even for Sadness (Phyllis Smith). We cry at the sacrifice made for her well-being. This movie is about emotion, and boy do we feel them!
11-year old Riley has had a mostly joyful childhood. Raised in Minnesota by two loving parents (Diane Lane and Kyle MacLachlan), she has enjoyed good friendships, the fun of hockey, and lots and lots of laughter. Her emotional well-being has generally been ruled by her inner emotion, Joy, but she has had moments of Sadness, Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Fear (Bill Hader), all who reside in "head" quarters. They are not only in charge of Riley's emotional reactions, but for keeping her core memories safe and available for Riley to use when needed.
When Riley's family moves to San Francisco, Sadness begins inadvertently creating trouble in headquarters, making Joy work overtime to keep Riley happy and positive. But, as we have all experienced, Sadness cannot be contained, and ends up wreaking such innocent havoc that she and Joy are accidentally sucked out of headquarters and deposited into long-term memory, leaving Disgust, Anger, and Fear to staff the emotional control center. You can imagine the turmoil Riley experiences at their hands, and the confusion of her parents as they attempt to understand as well.
Meanwhile Joy and Sadness are having their own adventure, winding their way through the maze of Riley's long-term memory and meeting long-forgotten friends along the way. Joy is determined to get back to headquarters and return Riley's lost core memories, and is willing to drag Sadness along in the process. It's her job to make Riley happy, and she is one determined emotion! Moments of anger or fear are one thing, but if Joy had her way, Riley wouldn't feel anything but bliss. Life would be good. No, great! Who doesn't want that for their kid or for yourself. But Joy begins to see things a little differently through this experience, and as she begins to understand the perspective--and necessity--of Sadness.
In the end, Inside Out takes viewers on a joyful, imaginative, sometimes bittersweet, and always entertaining adventure inside our human minds. Once again, Pixar has made an instant classic, and touched us all in the process.
My advice? See this movie with your entire family. (Just be sure you bring a tissue.)
The Blu-ray edition of Inside Out is PACKED with extras. Some of the more fun ones include:
• Story of the Story - Director Pete Docter talks about the evolution of Inside Out, from the ideas and memories that inspired the story through the hurdles, explorations and experiences that helped shape it into the film it is today.
• Mixed Emotions - Inside Out's filmmakers talk about how they decided which emotions to focus on in the story and how they went about creating each one's distinct personality and visual identity
• Our Dads, the Filmmakers - Elie Docter (daughter of director, Pete Docter) and Grace Giacchino (daughter of composer, Michael Giacchino) bring you behind the scenes for an inside look at the making of the film.
And many, many more. Enjoy them all!
Let’s Talk About It
Use these questions to spark discussion among family members who are interested in this movie:
• What "islands" make up your world? How are they different from Riley's?
• What did Joy learn about Sadness? Why is this important?
• Psalm 147:3 says God "heals the brokenhearted." How could Riley's experience with moving have been different if she had God in her life?
Tags: Inside Out,Pixar,Disney,Pete Docter,Jonas Rivera,Ralph Eggleston,Amy Poehler,Phyllis Smith,Kaitlyn Dias,Joy,Sadness,Anger,Fear,Disgust
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