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Review: Inside Out

Inside Out
06.18.2015
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The following review is from our Cinemacon 2015 coverage

Pixar has had a bumpy road of late with some arguably unnecessary (albeit financially successful) sequels (MONSTERS UNIVERSITY, CARS 2) and a ho-hum original entry (BRAVE), which put the animation giant in the rearview when compared to Disney’s own animated flicks like FROZEN, WRECK-IT RALPH, and BIG HERO 6. Thankfully, Pixar has put their faith once again in writer/director Pete Docter (MONSTERS INC., UP) for their latest entry, INSIDE OUT, which is the best film the studio has made since TOY STORY 3 and may well be their most heartfelt film to date.

Docter and co. have found a way to bring a physical manifestation of our primary emotional states (and overall mind) to life that makes for a truly imaginative journey that taps into the good, the bad, and the ugly of our collective childhoods, while never going too deep or too dark to take you out of the realm of a kid’s movie. However, I’d argue that this film works on two different levels; as an animated kid’s adventure and as a bittersweet reflection of childhood for adults.

The film stars a pitch perfect voice cast as the various emotions, including Amy Poehler as Joy, Mindy Kaling as Disgust, Bill Hader as Fear, Lewis Black as Anger, and Phyllis Smith as Sadness, with the “human” cast rounded out in Diane Lane as Mom, Kyle MacLachlan as Dad, and Kaitlyn Dias as Riley, the young girl at the center of the film’s “emotions.” The cast couldn’t be more fitting and it makes the journey that much easier to settle into, which is helpful as the film goes deeper and deeper into young Riley’s emotional states, sometimes into some dark territory.

Memories are stored in spherical orbs that glow different colors depending on the emotion felt when experienced and things start to go awry when Riley and her family move to a new city and she begins to go through the ups and downs of being uprooted and forced to start over at a new school. Making new friends, adjusting to a new environment, and, most importantly, growing up, causes Riley’s core memories (the most important of her memories) to suddenly be affected when Sadness creeps in, changing them from happy memories to sad ones. This is the catalyst that sends Joy (Poehler) and Sadness (Smith) on a journey through Riley’s mind in order to salvage the core memories she has and ultimately to keep her stable.

INSIDE OUT creates an entire universe out of Riley’s mind (and we get peeks into Mom and Dad’s as well), making for a much larger film than you might suspect from the trailers. It breaks down the very essence of what Riley values as a child and all the idiosyncrasies and details that goes into building who she is. There are “islands” that represent the things she loves most (family, friends, hockey, etc.), which are fueled by the memories she makes (and stores), with a vast labyrinth of nooks and crannies that can go to some fun, imaginative, and even dark places (think imaginary friends and scary clowns). The race to save her core memories and the journey through her mind to do so is where INSIDE OUT really shines, with a ton of clever representations of our mind (abstract thought, dreams, etc.). The darker scenes may be too much for some kids, but it's never outright morbid and it's handled in a way that's more playful than anything.

The stakes get higher as we jump back into Riley's "real" world and see her struggling to come to grips with the new challenges she faces and the deep sense of loss and sadness she feels in dealing with them. What's nice about these scenes is that they balance out the world in her mind exceptionally well and each event Riley faces has an effect on the "characters" (i.e. emotions) inside, which makes their journey even more harrowing. It's a deftly balanced affair and makes you feel the juxtaposition of both worlds in a way that connects them completely. There is never a time that you feel like either journey exists on its own, as they exist as a cohesive whole.

It’s all presented in a way that leaves no margin for confusion and looks absolutely stunning, making for one of the most colorful, vibrant, and beautifully rendered Pixar films ever made. In journeying through Riley’s mind you can’t help but relate it to your own, as this is a film that speaks to all of us. Likely, it will trigger your own childhood memories and stir up the emotions attached to them. If you have kids of your own, I’d dare say that the film becomes an even more bittersweet and heartfelt film, as you not only attach the journey to yourself, but also to your own children. This is a film that not only speaks about the beauty of childhood, but of the loss that comes when you grow up. It’s a film that really does get inside your head and leaves a lingering reflection of who we are and who we leave behind. Moving, imaginative, and beautiful, INSIDE OUT is one of Pixar’s finest works.

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1:12AM on 07/22/2015

Really excited to watch Inside Out movie when it releases in Middle East

Just saw the trailer for Disney Pixar's new animated movie "Inside Out", and I am really excited about it and planning to watch the movie when it releases on 6th August 2015 across Middle East. The trailer looks quite promising and I want to see it mainly because I'm a huge Lewis Black fan and he'll be playing anger~ Of course, he'll definitely be quite different here.

I really like the concept of it showing the different kinds of emotions and how they affect the people who have them. I love
Just saw the trailer for Disney Pixar's new animated movie "Inside Out", and I am really excited about it and planning to watch the movie when it releases on 6th August 2015 across Middle East. The trailer looks quite promising and I want to see it mainly because I'm a huge Lewis Black fan and he'll be playing anger~ Of course, he'll definitely be quite different here.

I really like the concept of it showing the different kinds of emotions and how they affect the people who have them. I love Disney and Pixar movies, so can't wait anymore for the movie to release!
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11:16AM on 06/21/2015

whole family loved it

I, along with the rest of the family, loved it. No complaints from us. The ONLY thing that "hurt" this movie was having " Lava" before it. Damn near stole the show for me. Had me crying and smiling before Inside Out even started.
I, along with the rest of the family, loved it. No complaints from us. The ONLY thing that "hurt" this movie was having " Lava" before it. Damn near stole the show for me. Had me crying and smiling before Inside Out even started.
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5:59PM on 06/19/2015

Okay......no

So my 15 year-old decided she wanted to see this after-all and we had free time so we went to the local theater and were kind of shocked that this was mostly depressing (with moments of heartfelt goodness like the beginning of Up). The one thing this wasn't was funny. Like literally not at all. There were maybe a dozen chuckles throughout the entire movie, then the first belly laugh during the mid-credits scene (the cat).

Not saying it's a bad movie....it was quite charming. But the
So my 15 year-old decided she wanted to see this after-all and we had free time so we went to the local theater and were kind of shocked that this was mostly depressing (with moments of heartfelt goodness like the beginning of Up). The one thing this wasn't was funny. Like literally not at all. There were maybe a dozen chuckles throughout the entire movie, then the first belly laugh during the mid-credits scene (the cat).

Not saying it's a bad movie....it was quite charming. But the kids around us were kind of bored (and sometimes upset). It made my daughter cry three times (but never really laugh until the credits scene also). Now I wish I would have followed my impulse to wait for the rental.
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3:41AM on 06/19/2015
Wow. This did not seem that interesting to me, but after your review I am looking forward to taking the kiddos now.
Wow. This did not seem that interesting to me, but after your review I am looking forward to taking the kiddos now.
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3:55PM on 06/18/2015

Black + Pixar = I'm sold!

Lewis Black as a character of emotional anger in a Disney Pixar film? This film could've gotten mixed reviews and I'd still go see it just for that combination alone!
Lewis Black as a character of emotional anger in a Disney Pixar film? This film could've gotten mixed reviews and I'd still go see it just for that combination alone!
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3:50PM on 06/18/2015
Oops. Double post

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2:44PM on 06/18/2015

Still trying to care.....

Everyone says it's great, but I haven't seen anything interesting in the trailers yet. I'm not sure if this has been marketed badly or if it's just difficult to convey the story, but right now even with the positive reviews I just have no enthusiasm for it. If my daughter wants to see it I guess we'll go, but otherwise it's probably a rental for me.
Everyone says it's great, but I haven't seen anything interesting in the trailers yet. I'm not sure if this has been marketed badly or if it's just difficult to convey the story, but right now even with the positive reviews I just have no enthusiasm for it. If my daughter wants to see it I guess we'll go, but otherwise it's probably a rental for me.
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6:22PM on 06/18/2015
the reason you havent seen anything interesting in the trailers yet is because they dont want to show you the best parts until you actually go and see it. Pixars is a big enough name to where they dont have to show us or spoil for us scenes to convince us to go..Pixars needs no convincing..they know people will flock to go see a film..because it's simply Pixar...they dont need to sell you a movie by teasing good scenes...cause they have enough confidence to know that people will see regardless
the reason you havent seen anything interesting in the trailers yet is because they dont want to show you the best parts until you actually go and see it. Pixars is a big enough name to where they dont have to show us or spoil for us scenes to convince us to go..Pixars needs no convincing..they know people will flock to go see a film..because it's simply Pixar...they dont need to sell you a movie by teasing good scenes...cause they have enough confidence to know that people will see regardless of how much is in the trailer
11:50PM on 05/29/2015
i hate when people say Pixar has lost their mojo. Yeah their last 3 films havent been as emotionally deep as their usual stuff, but they were still creative, funny, and engaging. I never stopped loving Pixar. I actually dont know many people who saw Cars 2, compared to Rio, Mars Needs Moms, Gnomeo and Juliet, and Rango which all also came out in 2011, it was pretty solid (yeah i didn't like Rango, and i wouldnt rank Cars 2 above Tintin or Kung Fu Panda). I am glad to see they are back to more
i hate when people say Pixar has lost their mojo. Yeah their last 3 films havent been as emotionally deep as their usual stuff, but they were still creative, funny, and engaging. I never stopped loving Pixar. I actually dont know many people who saw Cars 2, compared to Rio, Mars Needs Moms, Gnomeo and Juliet, and Rango which all also came out in 2011, it was pretty solid (yeah i didn't like Rango, and i wouldnt rank Cars 2 above Tintin or Kung Fu Panda). I am glad to see they are back to more emotionally engaging and original work though.
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12:22PM on 06/18/2015
I agree. Pixar has never made a bad movie.
I agree. Pixar has never made a bad movie.
2:46PM on 06/18/2015
Sorry, Cars 2 sucked ass. Planes looked terrible as well.
Sorry, Cars 2 sucked ass. Planes looked terrible as well.
4:00PM on 06/18/2015
CARS 2 was terrible; RANGO wasn't perfect but I preferred it. But, to my mind, ARTHUR CHRISTMAS was the clear winner that year. I was rolling in the aisle while watching it.
CARS 2 was terrible; RANGO wasn't perfect but I preferred it. But, to my mind, ARTHUR CHRISTMAS was the clear winner that year. I was rolling in the aisle while watching it.
6:31PM on 06/18/2015
Pixar hasnt lost its mojo..hollywood has lost its mojo..Pixar is ony of the fewest studios out there that create new IPs new original stories..that arent like the remakes, reboots, sequels, and adaptions of todays film..And with new IPs comes risk because they dont have a luxury in working with a safety net. its easy make a movie that is based on another ones work because it has a following already and cost less to market..Pixar isnt going to hit its mark every single time..that is just the
Pixar hasnt lost its mojo..hollywood has lost its mojo..Pixar is ony of the fewest studios out there that create new IPs new original stories..that arent like the remakes, reboots, sequels, and adaptions of todays film..And with new IPs comes risk because they dont have a luxury in working with a safety net. its easy make a movie that is based on another ones work because it has a following already and cost less to market..Pixar isnt going to hit its mark every single time..that is just the risk they take in bringing new and fresh material to their movies..Inside Out is definietly a movie for kids with adults themes for the older crowd..but most of its revenue comes in the form of merchandise
3:36AM on 06/19/2015
Planes is not made by Pixar. It's from the straight-to-DVD branch of Disney Animation, DisneyToons.
Planes is not made by Pixar. It's from the straight-to-DVD branch of Disney Animation, DisneyToons.
10:59PM on 05/18/2015

Yay! Pixar's back

CARS 2 was their only real disappointment; I could barely sit through that movie. BRAVE was 2nd tier Pixar: really good but didn't compare to that stellar four-year run between RATATOUILLE and TOY STORY 3. MONSTERS UNIVERSITY felt unnecessary so I'm so glad to see Pixar is doing what they do best: pushing the boundaries of animation and storytelling in Hollywood.
CARS 2 was their only real disappointment; I could barely sit through that movie. BRAVE was 2nd tier Pixar: really good but didn't compare to that stellar four-year run between RATATOUILLE and TOY STORY 3. MONSTERS UNIVERSITY felt unnecessary so I'm so glad to see Pixar is doing what they do best: pushing the boundaries of animation and storytelling in Hollywood.
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10:38PM on 05/18/2015

So glad to hear!

After 5 YEARS of lackluster Pixar I'm so glad to see them back in the game:
Cars 2, for what I could sit through, was pretty unbearable.
Brave was cute but not up to the Pixar standard.
Monsters U was good but it seemed pretty lazy for the once brilliant Pixar.
This one worried me because, even though the concept seemed good, it looked to be a bit too cutesy and babyish in the trailers. Glad to hear that it's another win for Pixar!
I just hope this isn't a critic who loved The Lego Movie
After 5 YEARS of lackluster Pixar I'm so glad to see them back in the game:
Cars 2, for what I could sit through, was pretty unbearable.
Brave was cute but not up to the Pixar standard.
Monsters U was good but it seemed pretty lazy for the once brilliant Pixar.
This one worried me because, even though the concept seemed good, it looked to be a bit too cutesy and babyish in the trailers. Glad to hear that it's another win for Pixar!
I just hope this isn't a critic who loved The Lego Movie to death because I thought that movie was mostly bull**** and yet tons of adults seemed like they wanted to take their pants off and run around naked in ecstasy after seeing a movie that was equivalent to being in a child's amphetamine-induced nightmare from which there was no escape!
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9:37PM on 05/18/2015

Already planned on seeing it

This review is good to see. Was afraid it wouldn't deliver on the goods. All 4 of my kids really wanna see it and they are 7, 9, 11 and 13. Should be...emotional!
This review is good to see. Was afraid it wouldn't deliver on the goods. All 4 of my kids really wanna see it and they are 7, 9, 11 and 13. Should be...emotional!
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11:22PM on 05/18/2015
Oh, man, bring some tissues. You're gonna be a mess when it's over. Enjoy!
Oh, man, bring some tissues. You're gonna be a mess when it's over. Enjoy!
7:08PM on 05/18/2015
Glad to see such a great review. I'm a big Pixar fan. I really like Monsters University and thought Brave was a solid entry in the Pixar canon, so for me they never lost their touch.
Glad to see such a great review. I'm a big Pixar fan. I really like Monsters University and thought Brave was a solid entry in the Pixar canon, so for me they never lost their touch.
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5:51PM on 05/18/2015
For me personally, Frozen was Disney's biggest dud in decades. So Pixar still has a few up on them
For me personally, Frozen was Disney's biggest dud in decades. So Pixar still has a few up on them
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10:33AM on 05/19/2015
Thank you
Thank you
Thank you!

I hated Frozen, and predicted it'd flop big time. Boy, did I miss the mark.
Thank you
Thank you
Thank you!

I hated Frozen, and predicted it'd flop big time. Boy, did I miss the mark.
6:12PM on 06/18/2015
Frozen was NOT a Pixar film..its was produced through Walt Disney Animated Studios and is the highest grossing animated film in history..and 5th highest grossing overall movie ever..Frozen remains one of Disney’s hottest properties in merchandise and is cash cow...Frozen 2 is already in development. It's not gonna appeal the guys like us..and neither did Pixars Braves..but numbers dont lie..it is far from a dud when its comes to revenue.
Frozen was NOT a Pixar film..its was produced through Walt Disney Animated Studios and is the highest grossing animated film in history..and 5th highest grossing overall movie ever..Frozen remains one of Disney’s hottest properties in merchandise and is cash cow...Frozen 2 is already in development. It's not gonna appeal the guys like us..and neither did Pixars Braves..but numbers dont lie..it is far from a dud when its comes to revenue.
3:39AM on 06/19/2015
@Alexblue Man did you completely misunderstand OcelotSnake's post or what. He stated Pixar is still up on them, hence he knows it is a Disney production. Also he thinks Frozen is a dud from a personal stand point meaning it sucks (couldn't agree more, hated it) which has nothing to do with revenue.
@Alexblue Man did you completely misunderstand OcelotSnake's post or what. He stated Pixar is still up on them, hence he knows it is a Disney production. Also he thinks Frozen is a dud from a personal stand point meaning it sucks (couldn't agree more, hated it) which has nothing to do with revenue.
2:38PM on 05/18/2015
I had high hopes this would be Pixar pulling its head out of its ass. The high-profile comedic voice cast, when I first heard the roster, I got worried. Then I realized Amy Poehler should personify Joy for me, and Louis Black is definitely Anger. And either way, I adore all those people, so it shouldn't matter. Plus, it sounds like a metaphysical version of Toy Story, which is not a bad thing. Going back to their roots, exploring the mysteries of childhood. I'm glad Pixar's well isn't run dry
I had high hopes this would be Pixar pulling its head out of its ass. The high-profile comedic voice cast, when I first heard the roster, I got worried. Then I realized Amy Poehler should personify Joy for me, and Louis Black is definitely Anger. And either way, I adore all those people, so it shouldn't matter. Plus, it sounds like a metaphysical version of Toy Story, which is not a bad thing. Going back to their roots, exploring the mysteries of childhood. I'm glad Pixar's well isn't run dry just yet.
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11:56AM on 05/18/2015
Paul, way to sell me on a movie I had no plans on seeing! Definitely want to check this out now.
Paul, way to sell me on a movie I had no plans on seeing! Definitely want to check this out now.
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11:51AM on 05/18/2015
This really sounds like a great movie. Up got me crying at the beginning of the film. Guess Inside Out will get me crying throughout the entire film!
This really sounds like a great movie. Up got me crying at the beginning of the film. Guess Inside Out will get me crying throughout the entire film!
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11:41AM on 05/18/2015
This one looks like something really special. More so then the other animated films that have come out as of late. Love the concept of seeing the different emotions played out.
This one looks like something really special. More so then the other animated films that have come out as of late. Love the concept of seeing the different emotions played out.
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