Emotions run high in Pixar’s new animated film Inside Out. In this film, we follow the emotions inside an 11 year old girl’s mind as they deal with her family’s difficult move from Minnesota to San Francisco. It’s a brilliant concept, and, as Pixar’s first feature film in two years, it doesn’t disappoint.
Part of Pixar’s successful track record is due to their extensive researching and detailing of the worlds they create. Inside Out is no exception: the five emotions chosen – Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger and Disgust – feel like the perfect number, and very accurately represent the feelings of an 11 year old girl, as well as making for a highly entertaining ensemble. The sections of the mind that have been realised are also fantastic, including Headquarters, Imagination Land, Long Term Memory and the Islands of Personality. The film highlights memory as the key to emotion; as Riley struggles with the big move, her core memories and personality are in turmoil and she struggles with how to feel, and the emotions have to adapt to and deal with this change. The movie really makes you think about your own feelings, and encourages you to embrace all of your emotions.
Directed by the same person who made literally everyone cry in Up, Inside Out had a multitude of tear jerking moments. Because it’s about a young girl growing up and all of the emotions and memories that come with, it’s utterly relatable and raw – things like imaginary friends and the Imaginary Boyfriend Generator will make you reminisce, cry and, most importantly, laugh. It’s full of little gems and jokes that we can all remember from our own childhood, and that’s the best thing about this film – it feels real.
Pixar’s impeccable animation shines here once more; the film is beautiful, in particular the representation of memory, which is a stunning maze of coloured orbs. The emotion characters are also beautifully realised, and complemented perfectly by their voice actor counterparts. I personally loved Mindy Kaling’s sassy Disgust, but all the emotions (and, indeed, humans) are amazing, and it is hard to pick a favourite.
Pixar films are loved by all generations because of their real characters, high concept plots and skilful animation. The pure joy that Inside Out brings puts it among the best of Pixar’s creations, and it’s relatability and entertainment value will ensure that it becomes a classic. It’s been a couple of years, but welcome back, Pixar.
9/10. (I know I normally do it /5, but I couldn’t this time. It’s too good for 4, but not quite a 5).
As a tribute, here is a list of my top five favourite other Pixar films:
- Monsters, Inc.
- Finding Nemo
- A Bug’s Life
- The Incredibles.