Disney•Pixar’s “Inside Out” Review

Monday night my family attended a screening of Disney•Pixar’s “Inside Out” which opens today. With a potential for rain this weekend, it is always nice to have an indoor option. Disney provided the following synopsis of the movie:

Do you ever look at someone and wonder what is going on inside their head? Disney•Pixar’s original new film “Inside Out” ventures inside the mind to find out.Disney*Pixar Inside Out

Based in Headquarters, the control center inside 11-year-old Riley’s mind, five Emotions are hard at work, led by lighthearted optimist Joy (voice of Amy Poehler), whose mission is to make sure Riley stays happy. Fear (voice of Bill Hader) heads up safety, Anger (voice of Lewis Black) ensures all is fair and Disgust (voice of Mindy Kaling) prevents Riley from getting poisoned—both physically and socially. Sadness (voice of Phyllis Smith) isn’t exactly sure what her role is, and frankly, neither is anyone else.

When Riley’s family relocates to a scary new city, the Emotions are on the job, eager to help guide her through the difficult transition. But when Joy and Sadness are inadvertently swept into the far reaches of Riley’s mind—taking some of her core memories with them—Fear, Anger and Disgust are left reluctantly in charge. Joy and Sadness must venture through unfamiliar places—Long Term Memory, Imagination Land, Abstract Thought and Dream Productions—in a desperate effort to get back to Headquarters, and Riley.

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Our whole family really enjoyed the movie and definitely recommend it to all families. I know my daughter enjoyed the movie since she asked “Is there going to be a sequel?” as soon as the movie ended.

One thing that I liked is that while they are in the brain of a tween girl, she is not overly girly so the movie will still appeal to boys. Riley’s favorite pastime is playing hockey. Of course every time they mentioned hockey, it would trigger Anger inside my head that I was missing Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals. But in the end, I experienced Joy that Chicago won with some Sadness that my team (Rangers) was eliminated in the conference finals.

My husband particularly enjoyed Anger since he is a Lewis Black fan. My daughter also said that her favorite line is spoken by Anger – “Congratulations San Francisco, you ruined pizza!” in response to broccoli pizza.


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In the end, the emotions all learn to work together and that Sadness is the flip-side of Joy. Sometimes you need Sadness in order to fully experience Joy.

While my daughter is hopeful for a sequel, I hope they wait a while. I’m not sure I want to see the inner workings of the emotions of a teenage girl.

“Inside Out” is preceded by a short film, “LAVA”.

Inspired by the isolated beauty of tropical islands and the explosive allure of ocean volcanoes, “LAVA” is a musical love story that takes place over millions of years.

“LAVA” is a cute short film. I loved hearing my daughter describe it to her friend today. Her favorite part is a pun in the song.

Before heading to see “Inside Out”, check out the trailer:

 

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Anna Mae

Anna Mae owns & operates Ann Arbor with Kids, a website dedicated to Family Activities in Ann Arbor. My husband and I moved to Ann Arbor in 2003 and our daughter joined the family in 2006.

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