Disney and Pixar, a beautiful marriage resulting in some of the most perfect children imaginable. Inside Out is one of Pixar’s most ambitious films to date taking a great leap on a complex idea. As with most Pixar films, they are able to create a story with depth that is enjoyable for adults and kids. The kids enjoy it for face value while the adults can enjoy it on the same level, or read more into it.
Inside Out takes us on a unique journey inside our own head. When Riley is born so is our first emotion, Joy. Joy runs “headquarters” until other emotions are felt and born. Together they help to guide Riley through her life, each emotion helping in their own way, but Joy being the prominate feeling. That is until Riley’s parents decide to move and things begin to crumble around her. When Sadness creates a new core memory, Joy tries to stop it from entering the main hub but is accidentally sent to Riley’s long term memories with Sadness. While running into old memories and fears, Joy and Sadness have to find their way through the labyrinth and back to headquarters. Without Joy and Sadness, the other emotions try to navigate through the difficult situation while the personality islands are lost one by one.
A simple yet powerful story dives into the complex world of emotions, memories and functions that power us. Unique concepts and playful visuals make Inside Out one of the strangest but most interesting Pixar films to date. Inside Out does not have that lasting marketing quality to see Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger and Disgust as staples in the merchandise field, but I hope it can survive on the merit it deserves. As odd as this film looks I highly suggest you see Inside Out and be open to the creativity that went in to making it.