We loved it, but first lets talk about the short that precedes it, Lava:
Inspired by the isolated beauty of tropical islands and the explosive allure of ocean volcanoes, “Lava” is a musical love story that takes place over millions of years ( but just a few minutes for us movie goers!).
Judge me if you must, I thought this short was beautiful, and I cried. Plus, the singing was wonderful!
And now for the feature film, Inside Out:
Do you ever look at someone and wonder what is going on inside their head? Disney•Pixar’s original new film “Inside Out” ventures inside the mind to find out.
“Based in Headquarters, the control center inside 11-year-old Riley’s mind, five Emotions are hard at work, led by lighthearted optimist Joy (voice of Amy Poehler), whose mission is to make sure Riley stays happy. Fear (voice of Bill Hader) heads up safety, Anger (voice of Lewis Black) ensures all is fair and Disgust (voice of Mindy Kaling) prevents Riley from getting poisoned—both physically and socially. Sadness (voice of Phyllis Smith) isn’t exactly sure what her role is, and frankly, neither is anyone else.”
Above is anger voiced by Lewis Black. This was the perfect role for him!
“When Riley’s family relocates to a scary new city, the Emotions are on the job, eager to help guide her through the difficult transition. But when Joy and Sadness are inadvertently swept into the far reaches of Riley’s mind—taking some of her core memories with them—Fear, Anger and Disgust are left reluctantly in charge. Joy and Sadness must venture through unfamiliar places—Long Term Memory, Imagination Land, Abstract Thought and Dream Productions—in a desperate effort to get back to Headquarters, and Riley.”
My son and I previewed the movie earlier in the week. The first word that comes to mind to describe the movie for me is “clever.” This movie was very well written, and psychologically very clever. We enjoyed every minute of it. The writers truly captured the inside of what you imagine is in the mind of a tween girl going through the angst of a life which includes moving to another state and getting ready to deal with the tidal wave of emotions that are the precursor to puberty. I love how this movie captured the various levels within our heads, and how they gave physical manifestation to the various psychological terms, long term memory, abstract thought, and especially train of thought: which of course in the mind, is a train!
It was a little sad/dark for the smaller kids under five years of age, but hilarious for the older kids, and especially hilarious for the adults as we get to see into the minds of Riley’s parents, one of whom I met! This clip is from AOL Build, I periscoped a few minutes:
Kyle MacLachlan voices the dad and I got to participate in an interview that was live streamed at AOL headquarters. Which is not the same as the headquarters in the movie! What a nice and humble man Kyle was, it was a pleasure to meet him and he was very interesting to listen to:
Directed by Academy Award® winner Pete Docter (“Monsters, Inc.”, “Up”), produced by Jonas Rivera, p.g.a. (“Up”) and featuring an original score by Michael Giacchino (“The Incredibles,” “Ratatouille,” “Up”), Disney•Pixar’s “Inside Out” opens in theaters on June 19, 2015.
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Disclosure: We received complimentary tickets to see this movie. All opinions are always 100% honest and our own.