Title: Inside Out Director: Pete Docter, Ronnie Del Carmen Year: 2015 Run time: 1hr 35m
“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.”
2:35 – Brightly coloured whirligigs, that’s pretty much what the inside of my brain looks like. 3:47 – Like their glittery hair, I must say. 9:11 – “Can you die from moving?” 13:46 – Is it bad that I quite like sadness? Cute. 19:20 – Who IS in charge of dream programming? 25:22 – Aww, poor Riley. The teacher probably should have intervened a bit earlier there. 29:15 – “Sir, reporting high levels of sass.” 35:10 – Love the bods cleaning up memories! I have too many of those I think! 41:04 – “D-A-N-G-E-R, shortcut.” 44:55 – “Oh, does it all have to be so interactive?’ 48:25 – It must be flipping exhausting being joy. 50:07 – The facts got mixed up with opinions! That’s genius. 51:09 – San Fran Stinktown. 55:43 – “Boo, pick a plot line.” 1:02:49 – As much as shifting furniture is a nightmare, it’s better than not getting your stuff for weeks! 1:10:11 – They are some nimble parents to hop up on the tree like that. 1:15:11 – Crikey, rollercoaster of emotions. 1:24:20 – Boyband island!! 1:28:35 – The cat thing explains a lot.
Aw, loved this one. It took me a while to get into it, particularly because I didn’t really like the animation of the humans, so it was a bit distracting. But I also thought they didn’t really handle the explanation of how the brain and core memories and things worked particularly well, it was very much tell instead of show, which Pixar are usually much better at.
However, once it was more about the journey of Joy and Sadness, and how the inner workings of the mind affect Riley in the outside world, I thought it took superb strides forward. There were moments of genius - the TripleDent earworm, the way sadness affects previously happy memories, the subconscious hiding potential nightmares, and lots more.
I didn’t cry buckets, as I’ve heard reported by other people, but I certainly had tears when Bing-Bong made his gesture, and during the giant hugs at the end. It was heart-warming, and a really good story about family, without being sugary sweet and over the top.