There’s a reason folks of all ages are going to see the movie titled Inside Out. It’s also the same reason that Inside Out has made at least $700 million worldwide, reports Deadline. It’s the kind of movie that should come around more often, especially since Inside Out places an 11-year-old girl as its central character without dumbing down the script. Inside Out manages to accomplish what other films haven’t by grabbing that all-important “tween” stage.
Whereas some movies focus on animation for little kids and others skip right over to the teenage years, Inside Out puts the focus on the fun, and sometimes emotional, age of 11 or 12, when children are right on the precipice of something greater. And Inside Out uses that time period to examine emotions and emotional changes that can happen during that period and beyond.
In the film, Riley (who is voiced by Kaitlyn Dias) experiences her world being turned upside-down when the 11-year-old girl’s parents move from Minnesota to San Francisco. Gone are her friends and her carefree hockey days. And her emotions are running amuck, especially when bright and sunny Joy (played by Amy Poehler) is no longer at the helm.
Instead, Sadness (voice-acted by Phyllis Smith) gets her day in the sun, and Joy learns to appreciate what Sadness has to bring to the table. Rounding out Riley’s main emotions are Anger, Fear, and Disgust. Each one ends up being beneficial in helping bring Joy and Sadness back to Headquarters, where they belong, when they accidentally get swept far, far away.
The Oscar buzz for Inside Out is well-deserved Oscar buzz, as reported by USA Today, calling the movie a sure bet. Inside Out brilliantly explains emotions in a visual and “quippy” way, such as the “Train of Thought” that’s a literal train, and the imaginary friend that disappears when no longer needed. As one 12-year-old movie reviewer said immediately after viewing the Pixar title Inside Out, they should’ve added a line about hitting the puberty button accidentally at the end. It was a scene that showed certain emotions viewing a button called “puberty” and remarking that it was likely nothing too important.
Alas, moviegoers from 4-year-olds to 104-year-olds and beyond are likely still viewing Inside Out, even weeks after it first hit theaters. With lessons about longterm memories, and how they can be affected by positive or negative emotions — and how they can work in conjunction to help each — Inside Out is a hit, inside and out.
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