Steve says INSIDE OUT is another Pixar masterpiece!

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Even before I had a child, my eyes would light up when I heard that a new Pixar movie was in the works. Now that I have a son, I am even more excited because I know how much he loves every single Pixar movie (over and over again). This time around we have INSIDE OUT. This one is about the different emotions and voices that are inside of our minds from the time we are born. We can all relate to that, right? Specifically, this one is about a young girl named Riley and the emotions in her mind – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness. It will be an interesting ride through some ups and downs in her life.


The movie opens and we meet a newborn Riley. We also meet the first emotion that Riley feels and that is Joy. Joy thinks she is alone in Riley’s mind, but she soon finds out that there are more emotions that are coming. In addition to joy, a child (and all of us) will feel fear, anger, disgust and sadness. Riley’s mind is about to get filled to the brim with emotion. As certain things happen in Riley’s life, memories are created and stored either as core memories or long term memories. This is what will guide her through life. So, that is how it works! Each emotion needs to be alert and ready to swing into action. For example, when young Riley is running around the house and needs to avoid tripping over a wire, Fear steps in and guides her to safety.


We fast forward to 11-year-old Riley. There have been several islands built in her mind, such as Family Island and Hockey Island (in total there are 5 islands). These islands serve as foundations to those parts of her life as her emotions control each moment of her life. Then, the unthinkable happens. Riley and her family move to San Francisco and all of those emotions and islands are going to be tested. All of the normal things happen – missing friends, missing activities and just plain scared about what the future holds in her new city. The one emotion that all of the other emotions are trying to suppress is Sadness. She is not allowed anywhere near any of Riley’s memories or the control board. After all, they are trying to keep her happy. Well, Riley begins to act out of character and begins showing signs of aggression and it all has to do with moving from the only home she has ever known. The question is, will Riley’s emotions be able to get everything under control before it is too late?


INSIDE OUT is a wonderful family film. What else is to be expected out of Pixar? It does a magnificent job of simplifying to a child what is going on inside their minds. It shows them why they might be feeling a particular way about certain events in their lives. It also teaches us all a very valuable lesson that in order for us to function we need all of our emotions to do their job. Your kids will love the different personalities of each of the emotions. It is very simplistic and you and your little ones will enjoy it from start to finish. My 3-year-old sat in his chair eating his popcorn and M&M’s and his attention never wandered off the screen from the start of the short film that preceded the film to the end of the feature film itself. You should have no fear in spending your hard earned money on INSIDE OUT – it will make for an entertaining and enjoyable trip to the theater for the entire family.

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