Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it's no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions - Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness. The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley's mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley's main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.
|Release Date||:||June 9, 2015|
|Genres||:||Comedy, Animation, Family|
|Production Company||:||Walt Disney Pictures, Pixar Animation Studios, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures|
|Production Countries||:||United States of America|
|Director||:||Pete Docter, Derek Williams, Mark Sanford|
|Writers||:||Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley, Pete Docter, Ronnie del Carmen|
|Casts||:||Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Richard Kind, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling, Kaitlyn Dias, Diane Lane, Kyle MacLachlan, Paula Poundstone, Bobby Moynihan, Paula Pell, Dave Goelz, Frank Oz, Josh Cooley, Flea, John Ratzenberger, Carlos Alazraqui, Peter Sagal, Rashida Jones, Lori Alan, Gregg Berger, Aurora Blue, Veronika Bonell, Lola Cooley, John Cygan, Dani Dare, Andrea Datzman, Ronnie del Carmen, Pete Docter, Keith Ferguson, Tony Fucile, Mary Gibbs, Randy Hahn, Carter Hastings, Jacob Hopkins, Emma Hudak, Evan Hudak, Dara Iruka, Molly Jackson, Daniella Jones, Sophia Lee Karadi, Elissa Knight, Erik Langley, Dawnn Lewis, Sherry Lynn, Tony Maki, Mona Marshall, Laraine Newman, Bret 'Brook' Parker, Paula Pell, Nick Pitera, Phil Proctor, Murray Pearl Schaeffer, Patrick Seitz, Paris Van Dyke, James Kevin Ward, Lennon Wynn, Dash Zamm, Bob Bergen, Teresa Ganzel, Jess Harnell, Danny Mann, Mickie McGowan, Jan Rabson|
|Plot Keywords||:||dream, cartoon, imaginary friend, animation, family, moving, kids, unicorn, duringcreditsstinger, pixar, 3d, emotions|
I am not normally one to write reviews, but I couldn't help reading several for this film on this site that just did't seem to understand where I think the film was supposed to be coming from.
The majority of the complaints I saw were that the film was 'too depressing for a children's film', but whilst I see where they are coming from in some regards, every child who I have seen watch this film (I work in a cinema) has absolutely loved it, and laughed out loud almost constantly. They are not old enough to realise the message the film is trying to convey: that life isn't all about happiness. I applaud the attempt from Pixar to make a film that is not only hilarious in places, but is also a major comment on what life is like to be a younger teenager, transitioning through one of the most important moments of life.
From a more personal perspective, why should everything we show our children gloss over the reality of life, and try to make them believe everything is rosy 24/7? Again, what this film does brilliantly through the message I took away at the end was that life will never be 100% full of happiness, but that is fine. Why does it have to be? A little bit of sadness is necessary. If a person was never sad, they would be inhumane.
Overall then, I suppose my review is more of a comment on the type of film we exhibit to children, and how the Nanny-state we live in looks to protect them from most of lives inevitabilities. Either way, what can't be ignored is that this film is equal parts sad, and equal parts what I am sure will become a timeless classic in years to come.