Directed and co-written by Pete Docter, the latest film from Pixar, Inside Out, follows a young girl, Riley (voiced by Kaitlyn Dias), who is uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San Francisco. Guided by her emotions – Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), and Disgust (Mindy Kaling) – who live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind – Riley is advised through her everyday life. But new changes create a struggle, as Riley must adjust to a new life in a new house and meet new friends. Joy must try to keep things positive, but the emotions conflict on how best to navigate all of these new changes, as we see just how hard it is for a young girl to keep her emotions under control.
The greatest thing about a Pixar film is that they always tell a fantastic story. This one is particularly imaginative, as we’re taken inside the mind of a young girl. It may be all fantasy, but there’s something really heart-warming about the idea of our emotions coming to life, and it’s almost a believable concept that this is how the struggles in our mind play out.
For a younger audience it’s a comforting notion that somebody is looking out for us, but even for those of us that know better (or worse), the story is so well thought out that it’s almost convincing and even very relatable at times.
It’s so touching that it has that much of an impact on you. It’s a very personal journey full of creativity, but it’s also a brilliant comedy at the same time.
The voice cast is what really makes this work, as each of the actors suit their emotion perfectly – Poehler is full of energy, Smith’s voice has that tremble of worry, Hader has a geeky tone and squeaky edge of fear, we love Black for his angry cynicism, and Kaling has a lot of attitude.
Inside Out oozes with all Pixar’s best qualities, and it’s so assuring to see that they’ve still got such fantastic ideas in the works.