The first thing I thought when I saw the first trailer for Inside Out was "That's Osmosis Jones." You know, the 2001 animated movie about a white blood cell carrying a pill around the body of Bill Murray and I gave a C+ to. Then I realized after reading the acclaiming reviews that while Osmosis Jones was a fantasy of the body, this is a fantasy of the mind, a sort of Osmosis J meets Sharkboy and Lavagirl. To pull off a boss idea like this, you need a good studio. Fortunately, we have Pixar.
Now, Inside Out is the newest Pixar film in a while; in 2014, they took a break from the spotlight for the first time since 2005. This movie answers the question, "Do you ever look at a person and wonder what is going on inside their head?" Whole new meaning to that. We get to see inside the head of a girl named Riley who just had to move with her family from Minnesota to San Francisco with her five emotions; Joy, Fear, Anger, Sadness and Disgust. This move is quite the bummer though, making it hard for Riley to feel joy when everything seems to be going wrong and all her core memories are back in Minnesota. It'll be even harder when after an accident with the core memories, both Joy and Sadness are transported away into the depths of Riley's mind, leaving the three others to try to somehow keep Riley happy.
This is directed by the same director of Up, a heartwarming adventure for the whole family but a little weird and gloomy. Inside Out has a similar feel to Up, without the rainforest. Out of all the Pixar films ever made, this is probably the smallest one in scale, since Riley isn't in a world with superheroes or lava pits, but instead the movie spends most of it's time - and the real adventure, in her head, which is the point, not a criticism. Now, there are two things I kind of wished the movie had - have you ever noticed how whenever you're angry, a hint of sadness may come up? I sort of wished they showed it here. Also, how does Riley study for tests and stuff like that where not emotions but facts matter? I guess that it's mostly left to our imagination, but this one scene involving Hockey kind of indirectly answers that.
And don't tell me you've never had a dream with your teeth falling out, I know you have. Basically, this movie is not only a fun representation of ourselves, if a little controversial of if our emotions are in charge of us or if we are in charge of them, but also quite the laugh-a-thon, not in the outside world but in Riley's head where most of the movie is situated. The emotions are the best part, always saying the right thing that accurately represents what they are representing. People can talk about why Joy is the leader of the group and why Sadness is the opposite of what they were going for. Is it because Joy was the first emotion of hers?
Despite it's robotic premise, no other movie this year has made me look inside myself as much as this one. Kids and parents alike will immediately want to go get their notebooks and draw what their headquarters would be like, what their core memories are, what their islands look like, which emotion is given the most attention, what their islands look like, what lands are there, and best of all, kids can imagine during a situation of their own what their emotions are saying and it will prove to themselves they are creative and will inspire them to write their own books like me. I see a lot of mature fan-fiction in the future