Ever wonder what’s going on inside a young girl’s head on the verge of hitting womanhood? Inside out shows Riley’s emotions from birth until the age of eleven when she is moved to San Francisco with her parents from her life in the Midwest. Pixar shows her head as though it were a control station as Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Disgust (Mindy Kaling), Anger (Lewis Black), and Sadness (Phillis Smith) help her through her new life with the city, house, school, and her hockey team.
This film was actually based on what the writer thought was going on in his daughter’s head when he noticed that she was not the laughable/crazy little girl he once knew. The film itself is a great flick for kids. Very colorful and vivid and plays well with what the inside of a child’s head looks like and works. What was great about the flick is that it showed how as a child, our minds are very organized, family, fun, friends, hobbies, and all of our time is filled with laughter and joy with a rarity of other emotions, until the ‘fun’ age of puberty when all of our emotions are jumbled together and nothing makes sense anymore. This is exactly what Inside Out portrays; however, where Pixar lost some viewers were the adults. Though this was a very original film, it was not like other family fun flicks where there was subtle adult humor put in for the adults so they don’t feel as though they’re seeing something so childish. As well that this was also aimed more toward the young girls than young boys because the young girls who are experiencing those emotions or who have already, will connect with it more and understand it more.
Pixar had a short film prior to the actual film itself which was a little more interested than Inside Out, with a Hawaiian version of Toy Story feel. It gave a heartwarming feeling before the film started.
If you like the writers of Brave and Toy Story, then you’ll enjoy this film.