There is no bad emotion in ‘Inside Out’

Bing Bong and Sadness (made by me)

Have you guys seen the new Pixar’s ‘Inside Out’? For me, the film turns out to be more than what I expected: an emotional roller-coaster.  It explores not only about the competition of five personified emotions inside an 11-year-old girl to control her actions, but also a dazzlingly picturesque imagery of a world inside a human’s head. That includes some of astounding depictions of a mind map, such as Dream Productions, Emotions Head-quarters, Imagination Land, Long Term Memory Labyrinth, Personality Islands, and the creepy, dark chasm of Memory Dump.

The scenes mostly take place in the mind of a girl named Riley, who suddenly finds a bumpy road after being uprooted from her Midwest life as her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Joy (voiced by Amy Poehler), who is the main emotion here, tries as best as she can to ensure Riley to be happy in the new city. However, the other four emotions, Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black) and Disgust (Mindy Kaling) dominate Riley’s mind as she experience some culture shocks.

The condition is getting worse after Sadness touches some memory orbs containing the Minnesota’s memories, making Riley desperately misses the old town and hate her current place. Joy tries to prevent Sadness from touching core memories but they accidentally plunged out of Head-quarters, leaving Fear, Anger and Disgust to take care the fragile girl. I’m sure you can predict what chaos that is going to happen next.

What I love the most about Inside Out, like other Pixar’s films, is the ability to touch adult audiences through childhood memories and imagination. In Toy Story, we are all connected to the toys, and reminisce that we used to have a special toy. Inside Out has that charm too. Besides taking us to travel the dazzlingly animated world of Riley’s mind, it also shows us the cherished memories that adults might forget about, including the joy of our parents when we were born, the fear of Grandma’s vacuum cleaner and the weird Birthday clown, and a cheerful imaginary friend, which in Riley’s mind, is a pink elephant named Bing Bong. I love Bing Bong so much I cried when he said Riley had stopped playing with him as she grew older — and told Sadness about a lost wagon-rocket: ‘It’s all I had of Riley.’

I think Inside Out is one of the finest Pixar’s animated ever made. I’m surprised that the film gets too much hatred for ‘putting an adult theme into a child’s movie’. I think it’s a perfect movie to watch with the whole family, so the parents can understand what’s exactly going on in their children’s minds. The kids can learn about prime emotions and how they’re all connected. The point is, there is no such thing as a bad emotion, that the emotions all have in common is that they are all about taking care of you.

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