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Inside Out is Pure Feels

Posted by cirvine on November 2, 2015


Have you ever wondered what’s going on inside someone’s head? Well, wonder no more, because Pixar has answered this riddle with Inside Out, a beautiful and heartfelt movie about a little girl and her many emotions.

The movie begins with the birth of Riley, our little girl. With her birth comes the creation of Joy, Riley’s most prominent emotion. Accompanying Joy in Riley’s mind are 4 other essential emotions: Sadness, Anger, Disgust, and Fear. Day in and day out they watch the world through Riley’s eyes and control her responses through their mainframe computer. When emotional moments happen in Riley’s life, a particular emotion takes over the controls.  Afterward, a little video marble is added to her memory banks in the hue of that emotion’s colour. For the most part, Riley’s memories are a joyous yellow. But that is all about to change when her dad gets a new job in San Francisco, forcing her to move away from everything she has ever known and loved.

Goodbye happiness, hello loneliness. Or to be more exact, hello Sadness. Once Sadness takes the reigns and starts affecting the most important memories—core memories—micromanaging Joy must get back in control and fix her little girl. They are soon lost in the mind of Riley, and the two emotions must join forces (along with the help of Riley’s trusty imaginary friend, Bing Bong), and get back to the mainframe to help Riley from the inside out.

This movie is a psychology major’s dream. With settings like the building of Abstract Thought, where Joy and her friends get deconstructed into ever simplified versions of themselves; or lines like, “These facts and opinions look so similar” while riding the train of thought, there’s a lot to pick up on and enjoy. That being said, there’s also a lot to be sad about. It’s a struggle not to shed a tear during this movie, and even now when I think of certain parts I have to stop and shake off the feels.

The emotions are perfectly cast, which adds a lot to the movie. With Amy Poehler as Joy, you can’t help but draw similarities between this character and the uber-happy and upbeat Leslie Knope from TV’s Parks and Recreation. Likewise, Sadness is voiced by Phyllis Smith, who played Phyllis Vance in The Office, another meek and somewhat pitiable character. Joining them are the hilarious Bill Hader as Fear, another Office girl, Mindy Kaling as Disgust, and of course the always-angry Lewis Black as Anger.

The beautiful lesson that this movie shares with kids is that it’s okay to be sad. It’s normal to have moments of despair and frustration and confusion. Although we strive for happiness, it’s inevitable that we will feel pain sometimes. But with that pain can come wisdom and contrast, and sometimes more is learned through sadness than joy could ever teach us. Pixar takes this ambitious lesson and simplifies it so that children can understand, but sets it within a spectacle that will still keep them entertained and enthralled. Not only that, but they sprinkle it with gloriously thoughtful moments that make it a delight for adults as well. Just don’t forget the tissues.

You can watch Inside Out on Execulink’s VOD channel (ch.100) from November 3rd to December 2nd.



Candice Irvine, Blogger, Marketing Specialist, Graphic Designer

I'm addicted to games of all kinds: boardgames, video games, card games, mind games... nah, just kidding about that last one. Or am I?