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Inside Out

Inside Out

Disney Pixar is known for its successes. Despite the 3D animation style, which is a little less popular than the 2D animation style which the parent company of Disney abandoned some years ago, its list of films include the Toy Story series, ‘The Incredibles’, ‘Wall-E’, and ‘Up’. The latter two, incidentally, share the same director as ‘Inside Out’, Pete Docter, also a co-writer of the latest Pixar blockbuster. Docter states that the story is based on his daughter, and her experience of growing up. With ‘Toy Story’, ‘Monsters University’ and other such films, it seems that Pixar have developed a taste for making their adult audience remember how it feels to grow up, and then cry about it. Of course, in true Disney style, there are moments of joy and fear, as well as sadness. After all, as the message the movie leaves us with seems to say, every emotion is important.  


The story is set in a universe where little people control everyone’s emotions, or rather, little emotions. There are a core five; Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust, and Anger - they control our protagonist, Riley, and her emotions. Each time a specific emotion is in control, that moment is remember with that specific emotion (i.e. the memory of Riley’s first time trying broccoli is coloured green, for discuss). Riley, and her parents, move to San Francisco, the shock causing a slight disruption in the emotions. This is combined with the tension between Joy and Sadness: Joy sees the value of all her fellow emotions, save Sadness, who she just wants to keep out of trouble, rather than letting Riley feel any sadness. This does not go as planned, for, as the film seems to say, Sadness is just as valid and important as any other emotion.


As previously mentioned, despite my personal grudge against 3D animation in regards to 2D, the style seems to work for ‘Inside Out’. Each emotion is composed of tiny vibrating particles, and the setting of the mind, and depiction of memories, compliments the 3D form. The fantastic background scenery, of both San Francisco, and the inner workings of the human mind, provide an artistic setting for such an emotional story. Despite the touching nature of the film, it is interesting to note that the actors chosen for the emotions are all comedians. Amy Poehler (Joy), Phyllis Smith (Sadness), Mindy Kaling (Disgust), Lewis Black (Anger) and Bill Hader (Fear), each leave their individual mark on the film, again, offering the comedic flair needed to balance this film.


It’s safe to say that Pixar have done it again. Ignoring the ‘Cars’ films, it seems that the studio cannot stop turning out success after success. Of course, this may be due to the love and care that is put into each movie they make. The idea for ‘Inside Out’ was born in 2009, the time and effort (such as consultation of numerous psychologists) put into the production of the film demonstrating how important to people it truly is.



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