For years, Disney Pixar have produced animated movies that everyone, regardless of age or gender, has fallen in love with. They have this unerring ability to make us laugh and cry, and that in itself is an art. Inside Out fits right into their catalogue of outstanding pieces of work.
The film takes place in two locations. Firstly San Francisco where an 11-year-old girl named Riley has recently moved to from Minneapolis due to her father’s work. The second is inside the mind of young Riley where her five emotions reside – Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear and Disgust.
Joy (voiced by Amy Poehler) is the leader of the pack, shining like a bright star around the control station inside Riley’s head. The group seek to process incoming memories – these come in the form of bowling ball sized orbs, colour-coded based on the emotion.
When disaster strikes, Joy and the Eeyore-esque Sadness (voiced by Phyllis Smith) are left stranded in long-term memory and Riley is left to the control of the three incompetent remaining emotions, Fear (Bill Hader), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Anger (Lewis Black). It is up to Joy and Sadness to return before Riley goes AWOL.
Director and co-writer, Pete Doctor, was also the genius behind Pixar products Monster Inc. and Up, and Inside Out certainly fits a similar mould. Like all Pixar films, Inside Out is visually spectacular thanks to their ability to create huge, fantastical landscapes based upon the most original of ideas.
And like most Pixar movies, the film is incredibly relatable. Amongst the colourful mayhem that may be going on inside Riley’s head, there are happenings that literally everyone can feel a connection to – reminding us of how poignant ALL of our emotions are and were growing up.
What we ultimately have is an emotional film based on emotions, served with all the typical Pixar trimmings including some bright characters, some well thought out gags and some inevitable teary eyes. Inside Out is nothing short of another Pixar masterpiece, perhaps needed following the mediocrity of Cars 2 and Monsters University.
Inside Out is incredibly ambitious, bold and imaginative and a film that will play with a range of your emotions. But ultimately, you won’t see a more charming movie this summer.