I have been a huge fan of Pixar movies since my family saw Toy Story together the day it premiered. And even though my sons are now in their twenties, we still love watching Pixar movies. After seeing an advance showing of Inside Out, I am now a bigger fan of Pixar than ever. Inside Out has more emotion than Up, and just as many laughs as the funniest of Pixar movies. They have hit another home run out of the park with this one!
Inside Out takes place mostly at the control center in 11-year old Riley’s head, where five characters are working to produce her emotions. Joy tries to keep Riley happy. Fear keeps her safe. Disgust keeps her from being poisoned and anger makes sure everything is fair. Nobody, including sadness, is really sure what her role is yet.
Riley has led a mostly happy life in Minnesota until her father gets a new job in San Francisco and moves the family there. Sadness begins acting up and Joy tries to stop her and they are both swept into the far depths of Riley’s mind. Now only Fear, Disgust and Anger can guide her. She has no joy or sadness. We see what Riley is going through without them, and her parent’s reactions. Most of this will seem very real to those of you with tween daughters.
We are taken on a tour of the dark reaches of Riley’s mind as Joy and Sadness try to get back home to help Riley. There are many funny parts for children here. Yet in the end, Sadness teaches an important lesson to Joy that finally helps solve Riley’s emotions.
Amy Poehler is absolutely perfect as Joy. If you have ever watched Parks and Recreation, you know that her character Leslie Knope is Joy, always wanting everyone to be happy. Her sidekick Sadness is voiced perfectly by Phyllis Smith of The Office. For much of the movie, it is the two of them in a buddy film.
Fear, Anger and Disgust are voiced by Bill Hader, Lewis Black and Mindy Kaling, all as funny as you would expect. And there are many other great characters and people you will meet along the way. Check out this video below to meet Anger and Disgust when Riley is still a baby:
There is something for every age in this movie. This is definitely a movie parents will want to see. Riley’s parents are in most of the scene’s with Riley and her problems and emotions mostly involve them. And there are some very funny bits when we some Riley’s mother’s and father’s emotions.
Kid, teens, and young adults will all love it, but I think tweens and young teens will enjoy it the most because they will relate to Riley. Joy and Sadness really did their job in this movie because I laughed and cried while watching it.
Thanks to The Moms for inviting me to their advance showing of Inside Out.
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