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A week ago I went to Disney Pixar’s new original movie, Inside Out. The story of Inside Out follows five Emotions who are hard at work at Headquarters, the control center inside 11-year-old Riley’s mind. 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, but can’t help interfering even if she doesn’t mean to.
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, including the new house, her first day at school and finding new friends. 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. On their way the come across a number of difficult challenges. As Riley’s world is in danger of collapsing, the five Emotions must work together to ensure Riley stays the course.
Directed by Academy Award® winner Pete Docter (“Monsters, Inc.”, “Up”), produced by Jonas Rivera, p.g.a. (“Up”) and featuring an original score by Michael Giacchino (“The Incredibles,” “Ratatouille,” “Up”), Disney•Pixar’s Inside Out opened in UK cinemas on Friday, July 24th 2015.
First off I have to say the storyline alone is just brilliant. What better way to explain to your kids how their emotions work and what role they play? Of course the challenge is to make the emotions simple and give them clear roles to play, but off the cuff, Disney has done a wonderful thing in creating a movie that deals with something so important.
Now having watched the movie I can say that not only is the storyline brilliant, but so is the execution. All characters are likeable in their own way. Joy is infectious, Disgust reminds me of my teenage self, Anger is simply funny and entertaining, Sadness is sweet and Fear is a very kind stress head.
The journey all five characters go on to keep Riley safe, but happy, is simple, adventurous and incredibly well thought through. Frankly, it makes you wish this was actually the case, because everything would make so much more sense if I could hold five little Emotions responsible for my responses every day.
If you’re looking for a new family movie to watch, then this is it. It’s funny, entertaining and it takes you away into a fantasy world (even if only for a couple of hours). My money would be on this one winning and Oscar and smashing some other records. The one thing I wish we’d see more of, is the emotions in other character’s heads and how they work different responses.
To celebrate the theatrical release of Disney●Pixar’s Inside Out, Disney Store has also launched its official Inside Out product range, brilliant for the little ones that want to play out their emotions. The new collection, which includes soft toys, accessories, stationery and more, inspired by the much-loved characters in the film, can be found here.