Sound Off: Pixar & Pete Docter's 'Inside Out' - What Did You Think?
by Alex Billington
June 19, 2015
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? Meet the little voices inside your head. Pixar's latest animated movie, their 15th feature, has arrived in theaters worldwide. Pete Docter directs Inside Out, about the emotions inside our mind, and how they affect the story of one young girl who moves to San Francisco. Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling & Phyllis Smith voice the emotions Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust & Sadness. Kaitlyn Dias voices the girl, Riley. So how is it? Pixar's best in years, or a big let down? What emotions did you feel? Once you've seen it, leave a comment with your thoughts on Inside Out.
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To open the door to my emotions, I absolutely loved Inside Out - a new favorite up there with Monsters Inc. It's a wonderful, wonderful film - one of Pixar's best in years, a remarkably original and vibrant return to form for the incomparable animation studio. The way it visualizes the world "inside the mind" and the way the mind is designed (where the emotions exist) is brilliant. It's unlike anything I've ever seen, so colorful and unique and interesting, and yet so perfectly modeled after the way our own brains actually work. From the moment the film started, I welled up with tears (thanks to Michael Giacchino's lovely score) because everything had already hit me right in the heart. It is such a beautiful film that speaks deeply about all of us.
What I really love about Inside Out is how it gives each and every individual audience member a chance to get to know themselves better than they currently do. While it is a story about an 11-year-old girl, it's also about how we handle these emotions, and how much they control us. There are incredibly inspired moments of revelation and understanding that transcend anything that should be in a movie "made for kids" (yes, this stuff is definitely for adults too) yet it is still so entertaining. I can't praise this movie enough, and the final message about how important all the emotions are, even the bad ones, is astonishingly apt. Don't over-think the emotions and the way they're presented in this, just enjoy another wonderful cinematic work from Pixar.
What did you think of Pete Docter's Inside Out? One of Pixar's best films or one of the worst?
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Reader Feedback - 19 Comments
I loved it. Lewis Black steals the movie. And all the brains at the end including the Cat are absolutely hilarious. Everyone will enjoy this movie.
tyban81 on Jun 19, 2015
I started crying I was laughing so hard at the cat at the end. It helps having a cat of my own and knowing how true that cat brain really is
Wes on Jun 24, 2015
Oh yeah, well I lava'd it more! Get it, get it! wink, wink. nudge, nudge. Say no more! I'll use an old description I used on Slumdog Millionaire: Its just a victory of a movie! Go and watch it and have a good time...and bring everyone with you so they can have the same good time too! Yeah, Anger was great. If I wasn't told that it was Lewis Black, I would have sworn it was a boisterous Paul Giamati
Whichhalfofthewit on Jun 19, 2015
Touching, funny. Humor for young and old. Thought it was great. Welcome back Pixar
Nic on Jun 19, 2015
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IsraelDFloyd on Jun 20, 2015
Just took the whole family to see it. It was a film that caused us all to feel the same emotions at the same time: we laughed together, we cringed together, we cried together. It's a fantastic film. It's truly something special.
Quanah on Jun 20, 2015
first..... < Start working at home with Google! It’s by-far the best job I’ve had. Last Wednesday I got a brand new BMW since getting a check for $6474 this - 4 weeks past. I began this 8-months ago and immediately was bringing home at least $177 per hour. I work through this link, < www.Netcash9.Com
MurielKThach on Jun 20, 2015
I'm not going to see this, I'm over the emotional fluff that Pixar puts out!
anakinbrego on Jun 21, 2015
I thought it was amazing. Visually and conceptually beautiful and worthy of a Best Film nod from the Academy this year (and not just best animated film).
Michael Scott Murphy on Jun 21, 2015
It was a let down. The story is about a girl who is sad she moves, then gets over it. There were some very clever moments, and I think I laughed twice, but was bored overall. Had many issues with it, but two things really bugged me. One, memories don't "die", they just get stored away. Two, where was Riley's conscience? Why did she not know right from wrong? (Stealing, talking back to her parents, running away). It would have been interesting to see the conflict between her conscience and her emotions. It was like Riley didn't have a soul, just things in her head that told her how to feel.
Arasaid on Jun 21, 2015
The movie is about an 11 year old...
Jon Odishaw on Jun 22, 2015
I think Riley's conscience is also their emotions, sometimes: when Riley is going to steal for her mom, Disgust says to Anger "you can't do that"... Disgust is the conscience in that moment... sometimes is Joy, sometimes is Sadness too... etc. And some memories just die. I can't remember some things.
Miguel Garay Boszeta on Jun 22, 2015
It's rare that I sit through a movie genuinely not knowing what's going to happen. Each story beat was spot on and unique. This film is easily one of Pixar's most ambitious and successful films in terms of creativity and story. Absolutely among the best.
Danimal on Jun 22, 2015
Just another Pixar film making this grown ass man laugh and cry. I felt there wasn't as much humour aimed at older audiances as there was in other Pixar films but it was still a worthy addition to the library.
Jon Odishaw on Jun 22, 2015
Maybe quit being a little bitch.
txJM on Jul 19, 2015
Movie of the year so far for me. Is a great movie with a great message. Pixar is finally back.
Miguel Garay Boszeta on Jun 22, 2015
Alex...where are you man? Are you still traveling abroad and have no one else working on your site? Is this site going to be alright and continue on? I'm getting a little concerned as I'd hate to lose you and all that this site brings into my life. What's the latest? I'm dying to see coverage on upcoming films, hear what you or your people think of True Detective that aired last night. Bummer man! I hate go to Collider as I much prefer First Showing to that place. Any news or word on your return and re-booting us back to the present? I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
Bo on Jun 22, 2015
This is my new favorite Pixar film. It's so smart and thoroughly enjoyable. All of the characters are very memorable. (Even the parents...who didn't die!) The majority of the psychology presented in the film is really accurate and put into the story into ways that are clever and broken down perfectly for children. I do therapy with kids and this movie is going to be a staple of child/adolescent psych for years because the characters are so relateable, likable, and can be used to teach. For therapists, teachers, and parents I can't think of a more important kids film to show your kids because it deals with so many everyday things that all people go through. The best animated picture category this year is going to be crowded (2 Pixars, 1 Disney, Charlie Brown, Minnions and whatever crap Dreamworks pushes out between now and then) but this movie should be the clear winner and I hope Disney even pushes heavily for a best picture nom.
UrAllThumb on Jun 22, 2015
Sorry, I was disappointed. Great cast and animation but flat scrpting and worse music.
Bill on Jun 26, 2015
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