Well it may not be a big surprise that Pixar has made another great film, but it may come as a surprise how emotional, touching and tender their new film is. They have created animated classics such as Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, and Brave, but they have also created animated films that have really struck an emotional cord with films like Toy Story 3, WALL-E and Up. But with their new film, Inside Out, the focus of the movie is actually emotions themselves and the result is their most touching film yet.
11-year-old Riley (Kaitlyn Dias) has just moved to San Francisco with her parents after her father got a new job. Riley’s emotions, Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Disgust (Mindy Kaling), Fear (Bill Hader), and Anger (Lewis Black) all live in her head, or headquarters as they call it. They help Riley deal with all aspects of her daily life and their balance keeps Riley happy and able to deal with things in a healthy way. But when Joy and Sadness get lost in Riley’s long term memories, Riley finds herself unable to cope with everyday issues and slowly starts losing her personality. Joy and Sadness must find a way back to headquarters before Riley loses herself forever.
Inside Out is a rare film that will not only entertain adults and children alike, but also teach a valuable lesson to kids. That it is okay to have all of your emotions, that none of them are to be ashamed of. But on top of the lesson Inside Out is a funny, touching, beautifully written and animated film. On top of the wonderful performances by Dias, Poehler, Smith, Kaling, Hader and Black there is also another unsung hero of Inside Out. Veteran actor Richard Kind plays Bing Bong, Riley’s childhood imaginary friend who has been long forgotten. Joy and Sadness come across Bing Bong while in Riley’s long-term memory and this lovable elephant/cotton candy/cat/dolphin hybrid is a big emotional part of the story in Inside Out. One particular scene with Bing Bong has been reported to make grown men cry. I have to admit, it got me pretty worked up. Inside Out is a beautiful achievement in film, in animation and in storytelling. Highly recommended for viewing by the entire family, perhaps even required viewing.