Pixar has always been able to make you feel emotion through anything. They have given toys emotions, fish emotions, people emotions and now emtions have emotions. In Pixar’s Inside Out we follow a young Riley who enjoyed her mid-western life before her father landed a new job in San Francisco, and the family moved across the country. Now, as Riley prepares to navigate a new city and attend a new school, her emotional headquarters becomes a hot bed of activity. As Joy (voice of Amy Poehler) attempts to keep Riley feeling happy and positive about the move, other emotions like Fear (voice of Bill Hader), Anger (voice of Lewis Black), Disgust (voice of Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith) make the transition a bit more complicated.
So the story starts with Joy being the first emotion Riley creates and then the other 4 emotions emerge over time. They operate the mind head quarters and they control her ability to look on the bright side of things, be disgusted, have rage, feel sad or feel fear. They explain that basically every event in life forms a memory and that memory either goes into long term or if its a REALLY special memory it becomes a core memory. The Core memories are what makes this little girl tick though. They basically form little mini islands in her mind that are each attached to a different core memory. Sadness though starts touching some memories and causes what what a happy joyous memory to become tainted and now sad. This upsets Joy who is dedicated to always making a happy and smiley Riley. When no one is watching Sadness takes control and develops the first core memory that is based on sadness. This freaks Joy out causing both Joy and Sadness to get sucked up into a tube with all the core memories and taken into long term memory. Now Joy and Sadness have to find a way back to headquarters before Anger, Fear and Disgust completely destroy Riley’s ability to feel anything anymore.
Along the way you get to see some really unique ways to explain how certain things in us work. Its very cute. I mean granted I never learned half of this stuff in science class but what does science really know! There is totally a movie studio that exists in my head to simply make dreams for me to watch!
I have to say the film was enjoyable and it did in fact make me get teary eyed at parts. It does not hold a candle to the emotional roller coaster I got from Up but it did have two moments that really did hit home for me. The film overall way relatively predictable however. Not to say that isn’t the case in other Pixar films but this one I feel was really spoon feed to you. I did enjoy this and feel you will too. If you have the opportunity to see it this weekend we suggest you do.
According to Rotten Tomatoes it is currently holding at 98% Fresh!