Inside Out explores the five emotions inside an eleven-year old girl, Riley, as she and her family move from frosty Minnesota to a strange, unfamiliar and crowded San Francisco.The five emotions were Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The movie tackles the ideas of family, growing up and what happiness truly means.
Similar to UP, this new Disney-Pixar film will surely make you shed a tear.
The movies starts with an opening scene of a newborn baby, Riley. And whilst Riley’s parents stare lovingly at her, somewhere in another universe, a yellow, pixie-like creature was born, too. Joy, as the name suggests, is Riley’s first emotion. As Joy pushes a seemingly important red button, a glowing orb rolls inside her world and becomes one of Riley’s core memories. And so, Joy begins a lifetime career of guiding Riley’s mental welfare, making sure she is constantly happy with life. This positions any viewer to like Joy’s character, ultimately causing people to dislike anyone or anything that may interfere with Joy’s work. This idea was reinforced through Poehler’s likeable voice.
I mean, let’s face it. Who doesn’t like being happy? Everybody wants to lead a joyful life and we hate it if somebody or something disturbs us from doing what makes us happy. Like when Sadness touches one of the core memories, causing Riley to remember the bad things associated with that happy memory.
However, as much as the viewers hate that particular scene, it is, perhaps, the most important one to remember as it leads up to the main theme of the movie. The scene where Sadness touches the core memory demonstrates that we need sadness in order to feel happiness. It’s okay to not always be the happy girl that Riley was in her early golden years. We all grow up and experience things that may go against our natural flow, affecting us emotionally and mentally. With great sadness comes with great happiness.
Inside Out is an addition to the library of Disney-Pixar’s most profound films.