Disney•Pixar’s Inside Out Movie Review ~ #InsideOut

by Heather


I’m going to warn you up front. Unless you are the most cold-hearted, uncaring, unfeeling parent in the world, you will cry. Not at my movie review. At the movie itself.

Pixar has a way of doing that. Andy leaving for College in Toy Story 3. The montage of Carl and Ellie growing old together in Up. Merida trying to save her mother in Brave. Too many scenes to count in Finding Nemo. Heck, the hubby gets misty-eyed at the end of Monsters, Inc. when Sully finally opens Boo’s repaired door and she says “Kitty.”

And now Inside Out. Don’t get me wrong. There are plenty of laughs and light-heartedness for the kiddies in Inside Out, but I really think this movie is aimed straight at the heartstrings of parents the world over.

Inside out follows the existence of the five basic emotions inside Riley’s head. From the moment of birth, when Joy shows up, to the first cry a few moments later when Sadness shows up, all the way until Riley is a happy well adjusted 11 year old. Fear, Disgust and Anger show up along the way to round out her basic emotions. But everything changes when Riley’s family moves to San Francisco. Joy tries to keep everyone’s chins up, but when Joy, Sadness and Riley’s core memories get accidentally sucked down into Long Term Storage, Fear, Disgust and Anger have to figure out how to keep Riley going and adjust to her new life, while Joy and Sadness try to navigate their way back to HQ.

Was it a good movie? Absolutely. But be prepared, you’re going to need some tissues and you’re going to want to hug your kids afterwards.

 Pixar Post - Inside Out characters closeup

From an adventurous balloon ride above the clouds to a monster-filled metropolis, Academy Award®-winning director Pete Docter (“Monsters, Inc.,” “Up”) has taken audiences to unique and imaginative places. In Disney•Pixar’s original movie “Inside Out,” he will take us to the most extraordinary location of all—inside the mind.

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 (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). 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.




OH and one more thing … LAVA … enough said!


Disclaimer: I am a Disney and Marvel Movie Reviewer. I received complimentary entry to a pre-screening of the movie above to facilitate this review. Regardless, all opinions expressed are still 100% my own.

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Myra B June 18, 2015 - 6:53 pm
I think my whole family would enjoy this movie. I've seen a few chips on the internet and I was kind of surprized that it was a movie depth. Its great for kids to imagine personifying their emotions. Great review
Thomas Watson June 19, 2015 - 9:50 pm
I thought of it as the first “animated chick flick” because the story may be a little too sappy for rough and rugged little boys. This may be a good mother and daughter bonding movie
Linda Manns Linneman June 20, 2015 - 6:17 am
I cannot wait to see this with my family. Disney goes all out whenever they do anything. The imagination is unbelievable. I love all the bright vibrant colors they use. Thank you for sharing
melanie smith June 27, 2015 - 4:36 pm
This movie looks cute. I believe my kids would love seeing it. Even the older ones seem to enjoy all of the Disney movies.
Melissa S July 1, 2015 - 10:59 am
This looks like such a good movie. My son and I were going to see it last week but the timing didn't work out so we saw something else, I think we are going to try again this week.

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