Inside Out is a 2015 American 3D computer-animated comedy-drama film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures.
Docter first began developing Inside Out in 2010, after noticing changes in his daughter's personality as she grew older. The film's producers consulted numerous psychologists including Dacher Keltner from the University of California, Berkeley, who helped revise the story by emphasizing the neuropsychological findings that human emotions affect interpersonal relationships and can be significantly moderated by them.
Riley is a happy, hockey-loving 11-year-old Minnesota girl, but her world turns upside-down when she and her parents move to San Francisco. Riley's emotions, Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust and Anger try to guide her through this difficult, life-changing event. However, the stress of the move brings Sadness 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.
Why It Rocks
- Clever and creative concept of the human mind and how things such as emotions, memories, imaginary friends, dreams, and the subconscious work.
- The idea of a movie about how the human mind works from the inside perspective is interesting.
- Beautifully done animation, with the real world having a down-to-earth style, and Riley's mind being very bright and colorful.
- The emotions (Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust and Anger) are very interesting characters with their creative designs and one-dimensional personalities that are actually handled very well.
- Funny moments, such as when the emotions are thinking of ideas of what to do and Anger suggests, "We could lock ourselves in our room and scream that curse word we know - it's a good one!", and the credits scene when the dog's emotions were discussing to grab the food and the scaredy cat scene was funny as well.
- Heartwarming and nice-sounding theme music.
- Bing Bong's death and Sadness saving Riley from running away are both emotional and touching moments.
- It delivers powerful messages about accepting change, and that it's fine to have negative feelings too.
- Throughout the film, there are no real villains that ever appeared.
- It feels a little confusing how Riley's emotions all look different, but everyone else's emotions have the same gender. It was probably to stand out Riley's emotions than the others, as they were the protagonists.
- The scene where Joy refuses to let Sadness come back into headquarters just because she didn't want the core memories to become sad is somewhat mean-spirited.