director: pete docter (monsters inc., up)
starring: amy poehler, phyllis smith, bill hader, and richard kind
REVIEWER: lyall carter
After young Riley is uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San Francisco, her emotions - Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness - conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house, and school.
Pixar made me weep oceans in Finding Nemo and waterfalls in Up but Inside Out really takes the make Lyall weep the most award. But it's much more than a weepie film. Inside Out is an exploration of what its really like to grow up and the things that we learn along the way.
Riley (Kaitlyn Dias) 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 (Amy Poehler) - try to guide her through this difficult, life-changing event. However, the stress of the move brings Sadness (Phyllis Smith) 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.
Pixar isn’t just great because of it their stunning ever out doing themselves animation, but its the richness of their stories; the characters and the themes they explore that put them not only heads and shoulders above other animation studios but any other Hollywood studio period.
Their exploration of what change is like; the joy, sadness, fear, anger and disgust that accompanies that and the way we deal with our memories is truly wondrous, life affirming and changing stuff. But Bing Bong, oh Bing Bong. That will wreck you for days.
With great emotional depth and a bravery to tackle topics that most ‘grown’ up movies dare not, Inside Out is one of the best Pixar films ever created. Period.