Our Thoughts On Disney Pixar Inside Out & Lava!


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Pixar’s Inside Out is the latest animated film from the studio that brought audiences such beloved classics as Toy Story, Monster’s Inc., and Up. In fact, director of Inside Out, Pete Docter, also directed Monster’s Inc. and Up. Inside Out follows the emotions of a young girl named Riley whose family moves from Minnesota to San Francisco as she leaves behind friends, the house she grew up in, and the only life she has ever known.


When I say the film follows the emotions of the young girl, I am referring to her emotions being manifested as characters who are voiced by famous and talented comedians. The leader of the emotions is Joy, voiced by Amy Poehler the star in the hit television show Parks and Recreations. Sadness is voiced by Phyllis Smith who is best known for starring in another hit television show The Office. Also from The Office is Mindy Kaling who is the voice of Disgust. Saturday Night Live alum Bill Hader is the voice of Fear. And the final emotion is Anger voiced by comedian Lewis Black who is quite famous for his tirades during his comedy shows.


Riley’s parents are voiced by Diane Lane and Kyle MacLachlan. Stealing the film is Richard Kind (Spin City, The Penguins of Madagascar) as the voice of Bing Bong, the imaginary friend from Riley’s childhood that has become lost in the subconscious as Riley has grown older.


The title of the film is Inside Out because we see the inside of her mind while her world is being turned inside out. This is a clever play on words, but the film really should be titled “Growing Up.” Inside Out does such an amazing job of materializing the inner workings of a person’s mind as they are forced to grow up through adolescence that it is easily relatable to every audience member. The story brilliantly explains how each emotion provides a certain function that drives a person. In the beginning Joy explains how Fear keeps Riley safe, Disgust keeps Riley from getting poisoned, so on and so forth. The only emotion Joy does not understand is sadness, which makes sense because joy is the antithesis of sadness. As the film progresses it explains how all of the inner workings of our mind work and even explains why sadness is a valuable function and how it is a necessity in our lives.
As with all Pixar films, the animation is of the highest quality, the story is engaging for all ages, the humor is clean, and you will cry. Yes, be warned that this is a very emotional film that will touch hearts of children and adults.


Speaking of crying; there is a Pixar short that accompanies the feature, as is now a tradition. The short is Lava and James Ford Murphy is the writer, producer and director of this masterpiece. While Inside Out is an emotional film, you are going to cry before that movie even starts because of Lava.