Feel all of your feelings with Disney•Pixar’s “Inside Out”

InsideOutOne of my favourite perks of blogging is being invited to movie screenings. The first time that my oldest daughter saw a preview for Disney•Pixar’s “Inside Out”, she asked if we would be able to go and see it early. She got her wish on Wednesday night when our whole family attended the Ottawa screening. In case you need a recap, here’s what to expect from “Inside Out”:

Do you ever look at someone and wonder what is going on inside their head? Disney•Pixar’s original new film “Inside Out” ventures inside the mind to find out.

Based in Headquarters, the control center inside 11-year-old Riley’s mind, five Emotions are hard at work, led by lighthearted optimist Joy (voice of Amy Poehler), whose mission is to make sure Riley stays happy. Fear (voice of Bill Hader) heads up safety, Anger (voice of Lewis Black) ensures all is fair and Disgust (voice of Mindy Kaling) prevents Riley from getting poisoned—both physically and socially. Sadness (voice of Phyllis Smith) isn’t exactly sure what her role is, and frankly, neither is anyone else. 

When Riley’s family relocates to a scary new city, the Emotions are on the job, eager to help guide her through the difficult transition. But when Joy and Sadness are inadvertently swept into the far reaches of Riley’s mind—taking some of her core memories with them—Fear, Anger and Disgust are left reluctantly in charge. Joy and Sadness must venture through unfamiliar places—Long Term Memory, Imagination Land, Abstract Thought and Dream Productions—in a desperate effort to get back to Headquarters, and Riley.

The voices were spot on – really, can you think of a more perfect voice for Joy than Amy Poehler, or Lewis Black for Anger? – and as always, the animation was incredible. All of the subject matter was totally appropriate for children of any age, and it was a great way to spark some interesting conversations about emotions (particularly regarding why Sadness is an important feeling too). There were many, many funny moments when the whole audience was laughing together, and I think I saw a few moms brushing away tears during a part focused on Riley’s old imaginary friend Bing Bong.

The short animated feature at the beginning, “Lava”, started us off with a smile. My 4-year-old couldn’t stop talking about how beautiful it was! You can see “Inside Out” in a theatre near you starting today, June 19! Keep up with Walt Disney Studios Canada by following @DisneyStudiosCA on Twitter or Walt Disney Studios Canada on Facebook.

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