Ever thought about what’s going on inside their heads? Well, Disney Pixar’s new film, Inside Out has the answer.
I first heard of Inside Out through my family and friends – I had doubts about the film, as I heard it’s too emotional or it had a complicated storyline, but they all told me to go and see it. So, I did; I went with my parents and one of my nephews (as a birthday treat). And I loved it; I certainly was not expecting a lot of pure and excellence, which captivated my attention.
So what’s the story? Riley, an eleven year old moves to San Francisco from Minnesota, with her family. While she is trying to adjust her new life, inside Riley’s mind, there are five manifestations of Riley’s emotions—Joy, Sadness, Disgust, Fear and Anger. All seems to be well until Sadness touches Riley’s core memory. Then, Sadness and Joy are in the ride of their lives when they end up in the labyrinthine storage area (full of Riley’s long-term memories) and take a journey to Headquarters, while Disgust, Anger and Fear are left in charge.
Without Sadness, Joy or the core memories, Riley slowly becomes homesick and falls into a deep depression, turning back on everything she loves – including her own family.
The story line is a first class standard and really easy to follow. During the film, I noticed to pick up two different levels of morals to both children and adults. For children, all they see is Riley and her emotions. For adults, however, I discovered that the team on a Inside Out were pointing out all the emotions we have – relating to Riley and those around her. I also love the relationship between Joy and Sadness; in the film, Sadness wants to be part of the team but Joy (being selfish, without realising it) takes over, since she’s team leader. Later on, Joy has to realise that without Sadness, Anger, Fear and Disgust, she can’t make a team co-operate with one another. It was wonderfully done and it shows how much mistakes we learn as we’re growing up or as adults.
The cast were excellent. I loved Amy Poehler’s voice as Joy (she also wrote additional dialogue for the film), Phyllis Smith’s voice as Sadness and Kaitlyn Dias’ voice as Riley. Although I don’t make notes on child actors in my reviews but Kaitlyn’s voice made a real connection with me; she has really huge talent and will go really far in life. Pixar made really good choices for the voices and they brought the story to life, which made the plot stronger.
But the nomination for my favourite part of the film goes to the Animation. I noticed that there were a lot of vibrant colours and excitable settings (inside Riley’s mind). According to Wikipedia, the art design is “intended to reflect 1950s Broadway musicals”.
Docter [Pete Docter – the director and story pitcher] imagined that with emotions for characters, they could “push the level of caricature both in the design and in the style of movement to degrees [they’d] never done before.”
Also, the team focused on glowing, “effervescent qualitys”to the emotions (particularly Joy). But, this nearly scrapped because which was difficult to animate and it would of affected the budget of the film. However, John Lasseter suggested for them to be applied for all five emotions.
Personally, I thought adding these affects were wonderful. It is something very original, appealing and creative. So, a round of applause for a top mark job – and nominate the team for an Oscar already!
Overall, I give Inside Out a million out of ten and highly recommend seeing it; at home (only when it’s out on DVD) or at the cinema. But, bring plenty of tissues and leave them close to you. That’ll be the idea, in case your wearing make-up. 😉