Inside Out (2015)8.6/10 (IMDB)
Pixar has already cemented it’s status as a producer of classic films which enchant and entertain. They are also known for their ability to bring us the type of film that will tug at the heartstrings as well as laugh out loud.
Inside Out is just another in a long line of success stories for the company who brought us modern animated classics such as Up, Monsters Inc and Toy Story.
The film centres around the emotions who live inside all of us but specifically those inside a particular young girls brain. Each emotion is represented by a character who typifies that emotion. Joy, Fear, Anger, Sadness and Disgust all work together to help Riley (Kaitlyn Dias) understand the pitfalls of adjusting to life in a new town after her father takes a new job. After the upheaval of the big move Riley’s emotions struggle to keep her centred.
Right from the offset the thing that draws the audience into this film is the use of colour to represent the characters. Each character has been painstakingly designed to make them easily identifiable and relatable. The action flips effortlessly between the stylish fantasy world inside and the realism of the day to day events and how they relate in real-time.
The voice acting is exceptional, as is the casting which lends to some entertaining back-and-forth between Amy Poehler (Joy) and the very underrated Phyllis Smith (Sadness). Mindy Kaling, Lewis Black and Bill Hader provide a fantastic supporting cast but for my money it was Richard Kind as the voice of Riley’s childhood imaginary friend (Bing Bong) who stole the show. The emotions within the adult characters are particularly entertaining.
With Disney and Pixar currently occupying some hefty box office slots (Inside Out and Ant-Man) it’s safe to say that the success of this film hasn’t gone unnoticed – there have already been rumours at both Disney and Pixar of a sequel.
In true Pixar style theres something for kids and adults alike. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll identify with this film a lot more than you’ll care to admit.
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