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Get inside your head with Inside Out

Story by Megan Sarnacki

What if it was possible to understand what others think and feel? Inside Out is the newest Disney-Pixar film, which focuses on the mind of an eleven-year-old girl, named Riley. This ninety-four minute animated comedy-drama was directed by Pete Docter, who came up with the idea from being a parent and observing his daughter grow up. With bright and beautiful colors, the fun family flick also explores the scientific chemistry that happens with emotion.

Inside Out is a fun-filled adventure, full of surprises and laughs. With voices from Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, and Mindy Kaling, this movie held high hopes for many people, and it definitely exceeded mine. Inside Out is one of the most creative, interesting, heartfelt, and funny films that has been made in awhile. This inventive movie is not just for kids, but has something for everyone. The whimsical characters and islands will intrigue children, while parents will be moved by the message of the importance of family. Older children and adults can relate to Riley and her emotions, while also being entertained. This film also sparks a conversation of emotional security and even a glimpse into depression through a creative plotline.

When Riley was born, so were her five emotions. As she grows up, these emotions take care of Riley. They each have their unique duties: Joy (Poehler) makes sure Riley is happy and is the leader of the group, Fear (Hader) keeps her safe, Anger maintains fairness in life (Black), and Disgust (Kaling) keeps Riley from being poisoned, both physically and socially, such as staying away from broccoli. However, Sadness (Smith) is treated as an outcast and is unsure of her purpose because the group does not like seeing Riley upset.

These five emotions live in Headquarters and help Riley respond to various situations and create memories. Memories are depicted as small, glowing spheres that are different colors, depending on what emotion is felt during the memory. The most important memories are the core memories, which also mirror Riley’s personality.

When Riley turns eleven, her life turns upside down. Her family moves from Minnesota to San Francisco, but Joy is set on keeping Riley positive and cheerful. On Riley’s first day of her new school, things get out of hand. Sadness accidently makes Riley cry and the core memories are adjusted by Joy. Through all the chaos, Joy and Sadness unexpectedly become separated from Headquarters. Joy is determined to return quickly because without her, Riley cannot be happy, a key component in the character development. On the way back, the audience is introduced to other characters and transported to the other exotic areas in Riley’s mind. In the meantime, Joy discovers Sadness’ actual importance: to notify others when Riley needs their help.
Inside Out is an instant classic and will definitely bring out your own emotions. It is also a great reminder for everyone that all of our emotions are important. It’s okay to feel mad, sad, scared, or disgusted at times because those make the special moments so much more joyful.

About the Writer…Megan

Megan Sarnacki is a sophomore. She is interested in digital media and other fields of entertainment. She enjoys traveling, exercising, binge-watching Netflix, and spending time with family and friends.

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