When baby Riley is born to her loving parents, so is her first emotion – Joy (voiced by Amy Poehler), who’s soon joined by Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Anger (Lewis Black), Fear (Bill Hader), and Disgust (Mindy Kaling).
The quintet live and work in Headquarters (aka HQ), the part of Riley’s brain that experiences feelings and makes memories.
With Joy as their leader, the group helps their girl through toddlerhood and childhood, but then everything changes when the eleven year old Riley (Kaitlyn Dias) and her parents (Diane Lane and Kyle MacLachlan) move from Minnesota to San Francisco after her dad gets a new job.
As Riley tries to cope with a new house, a new school, and her parents increased stress, things get out of control. Sadness and Joy tussle over Riley’s core memories and end up getting sucked into long term storage.
What follows makes up for the rest of the film.
Not only is Inside Out an engaging, endlessly inventive adventure with strong themes of friendship and acceptance, but it has real potential to help kids and parents navigate the powerful emotions that come with growing up.
The emotions are all perfectly cast and the beauty of the film is in it’s writing as the entire film plays out in the mind of a little girl.
The film is as much about Joy’s journey as it is Riley’s; it isn’t until Joy truly understands that the other emotions have important roles to play, too, that she becomes the leader that all of them really need.
Inside Out is a masterpiece. It’s not only the best Pixar film in years but is also one of most special films.
Directed by Pete Docter, the film is a poetry in motion.
It’s an extraordinary concept and the entire team needs to be applauded for this one.
Inside Out is an outstandingly original, heartfelt story from Pixar about growing up and learning to handle your biggest emotions. When baby Riley ...4.0