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Inside Out: An emotional journey for the whole family

June 30, 2015


Pixar has done it again. The vibrant animation and emotional storyline of “Inside Out” has adults and children questioning the way their brains work.


An animated emotional rollercoaster


In the newest addition to Pixar and Disney’s vault of animated adventures the viewer goes inside the brain of an 11-year-old girl, Riley (Kaitlyn Dias). The film endures an exciting and emotional transition of a young girl accepting change in her life as she finds the good in the bad and vice versa.


The director Pete Docter and well-known animation team have truly expanded their imaginations for this film.


Throughout the film viewers are introduced to dream producers, an imaginary friend, and emotions that keep a young person like Riley working inside and out. Each emotional character controls the way Riley communicates in various situations by touching Riley’s emotional control board. Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Fear (Bill Hader), Disgust (Mindy Kaling), and Anger (Lewis Black) all help Riley react and communicate with the world.


When life seems perfect for Riley, inside and out, her parents unexpectedly move her away from everything she has ever known.


Not only is Riley’s life detached, but now her emotions are too. The film takes the viewer deeper into Riley’s mind on a journey of self-discovery through the efforts of Joy and Sadness after the two become lost in a separate part of Riley’s brain during an accident.


While Joy and Sadness find their way back to the emotional control desk with the others, they encounter life changing obstacles that explore ways different emotions can be useful.


Trial and error helps the five emotions work together to help Riley rediscover the happiness she knew before the move. The films keen sense of exploring emotions from different angles helps to keep the storyline sharp and humorous.


Living up to Pixar’s standards


Though the film hit every heart-warming mark like the other Pixar or Disney stories, it still did not quite hit the number one mark at the Box Office.


“Inside Out,” took the No. 2 spot in Box Office revenue since it’s opening on June 19.


According to the film made $300 million globally in the two weeks it has been released. So far “Inside Out” has surpassed its animated relatives. reports “Wall-E” received a final total of $223 million and “Up” was at a final of $290 million. also reports that the animated film stands strong behind the No. 1 spot film, “Jurassic World,” which has made $1.238 billion globally. Universal Pictures released “Jurassic World” on June 12, a week before Pixar’s release of “Inside Out,” and the animated creation still could not top sales during its opening week.

One of the biggest challenges “Inside Out” is facing is the legacy of the Jurassic Park series. Fans have been waiting since Jurassic Park III came out in 2001 to see another movie in the lineage, so it comes as no surprise that the film takes over the No. 1 Box Office spot for three weeks in a row.


Though the film faces a multitude of strong Box Office competition, there is no scarcity of exceptional deliverance from the creative minds at Pixar and Disney and has received positive reviews across the board.


On the film has an approval rate of 98 percent with the average rate being 8.9/10. On the same site, “Jurassic World” has a 71 percent approval rate.


On “Inside Out” stands at a rating of 8.8/10 from 30,619 users.


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