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|
Toy Story...Wall-E...Up...Finding Nemo...etc. When a company (Pixar) makes films of that caliber, it is a difficult task to keep "upping the ante" with subsequent releases. While "Inside Out" is (at the very least) entertaining, it doesn't quite live up to the bar of greatness set by previous Pixar installments.
For a basic plot summary, "Inside Out" tells the story of an 11-year old girl named Riley (voiced by Kaitlyn Dias), who is moving from Minnesota to San Francisco. This is obviously a big change in Riley's life, and it is when we are introduced to the emotions inside her head: Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), & Disgust (Mindy Kaling). All of Riley's outward emotions are controlled by these core emotions in the "command center" of her brain. As Riley struggles to acclimate to her new home, school, and environment, these emotions struggle to figure out their place in the overall scheme of her personality.
The concept behind "Inside Out" is original and entertaining. It's fun/interesting to see our emotions represented like that, and it provides for both some very happy/uplifting, as well as very sad/depressing, moments throughout. In terms of original concept and interesting ideas, "Inside Out" may actually be one of Pixar's best.
However, I found the execution of those ideas to be only so-so. I had two complaints (this is coming from an adult perspective, of course) while watching the movie...
1. When the camera "pulls back" to see Riley interacting with her parents and environment, that is when this film works the best. However, a majority of the film is spent inside Riley's brain dealing with the emotions themselves. For example, a subplot involving Joy being separated from the command center takes up quite a bit of time. I just wish things could have been a bit more balanced.
2. More so than any other Pixar film, "Inside Out" seems to really "go for the cry", so to speak. I've never been in a theater where so many sniffles and even outright sobbing could be heard. I have no problem with that at face value, as great films are supposed to grab at the emotions, but this one just felt expressly made to do so. I shed some tears at the end of "Toy Story 3" and at the beginning of "Up", but I really feel that was because those montages were so well-made and natural to the plot of those films. With "Inside Out", at times I felt like the entire point of the experience was to have parents bawling.
That being said, even though this one didn't rank as high as other Pixar efforts in my book, it was still fun to watch. I thoroughly enjoyed the unique concept and really liked the parts where the emotions in Riley's (and her parents') brain directly influence conversations and interactions in the real world. Highly recommended for all audiences and (as usual) perfect for families. But be warned: if you are a parent, you might want to keep a few tissues handy.