I recently went to the cinema, with my grandson who is 4, to see the new Pixar computer animated movie, Inside Out, on its first release date. I hadn’t read anything about the movie so it was a total surprise for me and a pleasant one that it is was a sensitive Comedy/Drama aimed at young people. The main character is Riley Anderson, a very happy 11 year old living in Minnesota. The scene is set with 5 character emotions who reside in the headquarters of her mind i.e. Sadness, Joy, Fear, Disgust and Anger within her brain which help to organise her thoughts and emotions. The story evolves around the move to San Francisco due to her dad’s job relocation and mixed in with her adolescent changes she experiences a wealth of emotional turmoil, caused mainly because Sadness accidently causes Riley to cry in front of her new class.
You need to see the movie to truly appreciate it and I don’t intend to review it as such. It was generally a bit advanced for a 4 year old though he experienced empathy with the emotions as he said it made him sad. It is very emotional and maybe a little lacking in sufficient humour to balance the enjoyment out, but without a doubt very well done and I imagine a lot of adolescent girls and boys will really enjoy it.
As my grandson was due a birthday present I let him choose a gift the following week and surprise surprise he had to have the 5 Inside Out characters which seemed pricey for what they were (little plastic figures). However, they have proved useful and have focussed his thoughts about emotions and are a perfect size for him to carry everywhere.
I really enjoyed the short film which precedes Inside Out it’s a musical love story called Lava about two volcanoes called Uku and Lele who are lonely, find each other and bond. This is beautifully done with great graphics and lovely music.
When I think of Inside Out I can’t help but think the title is ideal for a door shop like ours as we sell Inside and Outside doors and when installed in a property they will be part of the emotional feelings of the people who inhabit the rooms.