Disney and Pixar have been doing wonderful movies together for a while, whether it is about Monsters or Toys coming to life, their films are loved by children and adults alike. So it was with great anticipation that I went along to see their latest offering Inside Out….Have Disney Pixar done it again? Keep reading to find out!
Riley is a happy, hockey-loving 11-year-old Midwestern girl, but her world turns upside-down when she and her parents move to San Francisco. Riley’s emotions — led by Joy try to guide her through this difficult, life-changing event. However, the stress of the move brings Sadness to the forefront. When Joy and Sadness are inadvertently swept into the far reaches of Riley’s mind, the only emotions left in Headquarters are Anger, Fear and Disgust.
CAST: Kaitlyn Dias, Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Richard Kind, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mandy Kaling, Diane Lane, Kyle MacLachlan, Frank Oz, John Ratzenberger.
DIRECTOR: Pete Docter
RUN TIME: 94 mins
DUE OUT: 24th July 2015
I imagine many parents out there wonder what is going through the mind of their 11-year-old daughter, well thanks to Inside Out you can wonder no more. Disney Pixar’s latest movie see’s the aforementioned 11-year-old Riley having to move home and try to cope with a new city and school and all the changes that go along with it. However the twist here is that the film is from the viewpoint of Riley’s emotions inside her head – hence Inside Out. In charge most of the time is Joy (voiced by the brilliant Amy Poehler) who also keeps a check on the other emotions: Sadness, Anger, Fear and Disgust. However during an incident involving Sadness, both Joy and Sadness end up in Riley’s long-term memory, and have to work together to get back to headquarters as fast as possible – but what damage could just having Fear, Anger and Disgust in charge of an 11-year-old girl cause??
Right from the outset of this movie from Riley’s first moments I was drawn into this beautifully told story and was glued to the screen all the way to the end. The premise is as usual from Pixar an original and brilliantly thought out one. I was lucky enough to be at the Gala Screening where director Pete Docter said that his inspiration for the film came from watching his kids grow up – and as a parent to an 18 month old boy this gave me a very interesting perspective.
The plot is simple enough but the different characters help to make this film far from dull, as usual there are some sad parts, but myself, the rest of the adults, and the kids in the audience roared with laughter all the way though. Not always at the same time – but that is what I love about Pixar, it works on so many levels, there are jokes for the kids and the adults so everyone loves the movie. Despite loving Poehler’s Joy my personal fave was Bing Bong played by Richard Kind. I won’t elaborate any more on this character so as not to spoil anything, but he really was my favourite character in the whole movie.
And if you think that it is just inside Riley’s mind we see, then you will be wrong, from time to time we get the perspectives of Riley’s mum and dad too – these sequences were hilarious and had everyone in the audience, especially the adults really laughing. One of the main things I noticed was in-between the laughs at how quiet the cinema was (this was screened in a huge cinema filled with kids of all ages), often when your in a cinema with at least a couple of hundred children there’s lots of chatter happening in the quieter sections, so I think that just about sums up how good this movie was, and how much it captured everyone’s attention and imagination throughout.
So to answer my question I posed at the beginning, have Disney Pixar done it again? I can say without hesitation that in my humble opinion Disney Pixar nailed it and struck gold yet again. Inside Out is a film that you have to take the kids (or the adults!) to see this summer. It is a beautifully original film, with a well though out plot full of engaging characters that anyone will enjoy whether your a parent or just a big kid. This is sure to become a firm favourite in many households.
See it as soon as you can. In the meantime check out the trailer below.