Did you know Disney/Pixar’s NEW film Inside Out is in theaters today?
Riley (Kaitlyn Dias) is a happy, hockey-loving 11-year-old Midwestern girl, but her world turns upside-down when she and her parents move to San Francisco. Riley’s emotions — led by Joy (Amy Poehler) — try to guide her through this difficult, life-changing event. However, the stress of the move brings Sadness (Phyllis Smith) to the forefront. When Joy and Sadness are inadvertently swept into the far reaches of Riley’s mind, the only emotions left in Headquarters are Anger, Fear and Disgust.
I got a chance to see Inside Out at the World Premiere last week in Hollywood. I LOVED it and here are 8 reasons why YOU should see it now!
1. It will help you understand your children better.
We all tend to get caught up in our days. When one of my children whines or cries over something, I usually brush it off and tell them to “chill out”, because it’s usually about something that i find trivial (like wanting another cookie). Inside Out made me realize that these feelings are genuine emotions and should be treated as such. It’s refreshing to see a movie from such a different perspective and see lines of communication really open up between parents and child.
2. Amy Poehler at Joy
Amy is PERFECT as Joy. She has that naturally chirpy voice, quick-talking, and upbeat. She was such a natural choice!
3. The rest of the cast.
Mindy Kaling has that “ew” mean girl voice down pat. She reminds me of me when I was around 12. Lewis Black’s gravely angry tone is also perfection. But my favorite? Phyllis Smith as Sadness! She makes the movie. Kyle MacLachlan is SUPER fab as the caring father.
4. There are laughs for grown-ups and kids alike.
As with the rest of the Disney films there are some GREAT hidden jokes and little isms that we will get but will completely go over kids’ heads. My favorite? Look for some talk about bears…
5. Bing Bong
I can’t really say much about Bing Bong, other than he’s my favorite character in the movie. You’ll understand why when you see it. Plus he’s part cotton candy!
6. Nothing horrible happens in the first ten minutes!
It’s been a long-standing joke that Disney movies always start out with a tragedy. Remember UP? Well I am happy to say that Inside Out doesn’t start with something awful happening. But you do need tissues so bring them.
7. It’s FUN and COLORFUL!
Inside Out takes place in a child’s head – it’s so colorful and full of wild imagination! There are twists and turns around every corner in Riley’s mind.
8. It promotes teamwork!
The emotions have to work together throughout the movie to maintain a balance in Riley’s well-being. I love that Inside Out shows even if you are different, as long as you have the same goal you can make it happen.
I have to say – this, in my opinion, is one of the top Pixar movies ever. The whole concept of emotions working together (in the movie’s case, literally) is an interesting and not-yet-touched upon concept, at least in a child’s film. I love that every emotion – even the ones we deem “bad” – have a place in our lives and we need them. It’s such a great message for children and adults alike.