Inside Out first premiered in May at the 68th Cannes Film Festival, and it was officially released on June 19th. The animated comedy-drama was released by Walt Disney Pictures and produced by Pixar Animation Studios. It was directed by Pete Doctor who first began working on the project in 2009 after he had realized his daughter’s personality was developing and changing as she grew up. In an effort to truly craft Inside Out there was a lot of research and first drafts before the story finally became the film it is today. Psychologists were even consulted, and in the end the creators of Inside Out realized it is interpersonal relationships which are most responsible for human feelings and emotions.
Kaitlyn Dias is the voice of Riley Anderson, Amy Poehler as Joy, Phyllis Smith as Sadness, Bill Hader as fear, Mindy Kaling as Disgust, Lewis Black as Anger, Richard Kind as Bing Bong, Riley’s imaginary friend, Diane Lane as Riley’s mother, and Kyle MacLachlan as Riley’s father.
The story centers around a girl named Riley and the inner workings of her mind and emotions. There are five emotions living within her head in the headquarters of her mind. These emotions are Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger, and Disgust. They all have a certain purpose in her life, be it keeping her life fair, safe, or happy, but sadness feels that she is worthless. The job of these five emotions is not only to respond to things which happen to Riley but also to influence and form memories. The most vital memories are called core memories, and these are responsible for powering the five islands which symbolize different key aspects of Riley’s personality.
The story really sets off when Riley moves to San Francisco and Joy and Sadness have a struggle inside her head. While Joy is making an effort to make Riley’s move and her first day of school pleasant and enjoyable, Sadness accidentally makes Riley cry in front of her class. As a consequence of the scuffle between Joy and Sadness, all of Riley’s core memories get knocked out of their container and Joy and Sadness both get sucked into the memory tube which launches them to the far reaches of Riley’s mind. Together Joy and Sadness must try to find their way back to the headquarters where all of the other emotions are. On their trek back they run into the neglected imaginary friend Bing Bong. Meanwhile, the other emotions try to take over but end up doing more harm than good. The islands which make up Riley’s personality all begin to crumble tragically and her life is thrown into utter chaos.
So far Inside Out has been received considerably well. IMDb gives the film 9/10 stars and Metacritic gives it an approval rating of 93. Viewers call the movie a mind-opener and fun psychological thriller. Despite the obvious humor in the film it is also quite as clearly a tear-jerker throughout certain parts. Most people agree that it is a meaningful, enjoyable comedy which is perfect for the entire family.