Friday night: After a great diner with our friends watching a movie together is the perfect desert. What to watch? There is nothing on television (as usual) so Netflix to the rescue! After a little bit of browsing through the movie collection we all agree to watch "Inside Out".
"Inside Out" is a 2015 Disney/Pixar animation movie. The movie won the Academy Award for "Best Animated Feature Film" and the Golden Globe for "Best Motion Picture Animated" earlier this year.
The concept of the movie is great (in my onion). Do you ever look at someone and wonder what's going on inside their head? The story centers on a little girl named Riley Anderson and the 5 core emotions that make up her personality: Joy, Anger, Sadness, Fear and Disgust. The movie starts out in Riley's mind (called Headquarters) with her first personified emotion Joy. As Riley grows up in Minnesota, her other emotions come to life and together they take charge of Riley's mind. Joy is in charge of Riley's happiness, Fear keeps her safe, Anger keeps her life fair and Disgust keeps her from being poisoned in every way. And then there is Sadness, she feels she doesn't really have a purpose in Riley's life. Together they react to all that is happening while Riley is growing up and they are in charge of forming Riley's memories. These memories are housed in colored balls and the color of the ball shows the emotion of the memory. The most important memories in life are called the core memories and they power the Islands of Riley's personality (Family-, Friendship-, Hockey-, Honesty- and Goofball Island). Although Riley's life is a bumpy road, the emotions (with Joy in charge) are doing a great job and they create happy core memories. ( Are you still with me ? It's not as complicated as it seems. )
Then Riley turns eleven and her life is turned upside down. Her dad gets a new job in San Francisco and the family has to move to the big city. This a big change and Joy has the responsibility to keep Riley (and the other emotions) happy throughout the move. As mentioned before Sadness does not really feel she has a purpose in Riley's life and she is being kept away from the controls all the time. But when things get a bit messy because of the move, Sadness touches a happy memory and turns it into a sad one. On Riley's first day of school, Sadness messes up further by creating a sad core memory. In the struggle that follows this moment all core memories get knocked out of their containers and together with Joy and Sadness they get sucked into a memory tube that transports them to the back of Riley's mind. This leaves Anger, Fear and Disgust in charge, while they try to get Riley through the problems that come with the move. Every wrong decision they make, results in the collapse of an Island of Personality. For example when Riley fails at hockey try outs, she gets mad and this leads to the collapse of Hockey Island. In the meantime Joy and Sadness have to make their way through Riley's Long Term Memory to get back to Headquarters and save the day.
I loved this movie. The concept is very original and they way the makers portray the emotions is absolutely great. There were moments I laughed myself to tears. Especially Riley's imaginary friend Bing Bong made me laugh out really loud a number of times. Also the casting of the voice actors is spot on. I especially liked Lewis Black as Anger and Richard Kind as Bing Bong. The animations are great, as to be expected in a Pixar/Disney movie. Although I prefer the traditonal old school animation over computer animation. Nevertheless the personalisation of the emotions was a job well done and the movie was very colourfull. It left me with a happy feeling. Watch this movie!