Inside Out


All of the hype and praise that Disney & Pixar’s Inside Out has received is definitely well deserved.  It is one of the greatest Pixar movies ever made!  The casting choices were incredible, and the story was amazing.

Not just anyone has the creativity to create an intriguing story based around the emotions of human emotions, or how the brain functions.  The masterminds who created the story, Pete Docter (Up, Monsters, Inc.) and Ronaldo Del Carmen (Ratatouille, Brave), manage to do just that.  This shouldn’t be a surprise considering that Docter also helped create the original stories of many other great Pixar films including, Toy Story, Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., WALL-E, and Up.

The movie follows the emotions of Riley, voiced by Kaitlyn Dias (Inside Out, The Shifting), as they try to help Riley through her family’s move to San Francisco.  When her emotions lose the core memories, Joy, voiced by Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation, Mean Girls), and Sadness, voiced by Phyllis Smith (The Office, Bad Teacher), have to return them back to headquarters.  Along the way, they learn things about memories, and the brain, that the wouldn’t have known.  Joy, who originally didn’t like Sadness because she wanted Riley’s life to be as happy as possible, realizes that in order for Riley to be happy, there needs to be some sadness as well.

Meanwhile in headquarters, the only people left are Anger, voiced by Lewis Black (The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Aristocrats), Disgust, voiced by Mindy Kaling (The Mindy Project, The Office), and Fear, voiced by Bill Hader (Saturday Night Live, Superbad).  These three emotions are left to take care of Riley, but this task is difficult considering the fact that the core memories, the memories that make Riley who she is, are missing.  Riley starts losing her personality, and this makes her not be the person she once was.  When Anger gives her the idea to run away, she takes it.  She leaves the house, planning to go back to her old home, but Joy and Sadness return just in time with the core memories, and everything goes back to normal.

Like all Pixar movies, there are lots of “Easter eggs” hidden throughout the film.  I didn’t see a lot of them, but if you interested, check out this link for a list of 25 Easter eggs in Inside Out.

I give Inside Out 9/10 stars for being a great movie with a creative story that the entire family can enjoy.

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