Pixar INSIDE OUT Is A Masterpiece From The Master Storytellers At Pixar written by Sean Gerber June 17, 2015 For two decades, Pixar has played on our emotions with the perfect pitch. The famed animation studio has tapped into our hopes, fears, happiness, and sorrow through our toys, cars, super heroes, pets, and food. Pixar’s latest offering after a two-year hiatus, INSIDE OUT, cuts to the chase and down to our emotional core in a new high point on the studio’s long list of cinematic achievements. INSIDE OUT is a story about emotions, literally, and bound to have moviegoers walking out of theaters more self-aware than ever before and they’ll actually enjoy the feeling. Inspired by the changes he witnessed in his own daughter, director Pete Docter, along with producer Jonas Rivera, tells a touching tale about the evolution of emotion and the growing pains along the way. The story follows Riley (Kaitlyn Dias), an 11-year-old girl going through her own mental journey after a geographical one that took her from her first home in Minnesota to a new one in San Francisco. It is through Riley’s core emotions that we experience her transition. Per the science adopted by the film, our main players are Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), and Disgust (Mindy Kaling). All of these emotions are perfectly cast, and played. Joy is much like Poehler’s Leslie Knope from PARKS AND RECREATION except she’s never had a bad day and is allowed to eat waffles for every meal, every single day. Her pairing with Smith’s surprisingly funny Sadness is at the very center of the film’s enlightening theme, cleverly disguised as a conflict between apparent opposites. When a mishap in the brilliantly imagined emotional control center sends Joy and Sadness far into the wilderness of Riley’s long-term memory, it’s up to Disgust, Anger, and Fear to pilot the ship. They rarely succeed, but are hilarious in their failed attempts. Meanwhile, Joy and Sadness, with the glass half full/empty, journey back and find new friends along with way, including the show-stealing Bing Bong (Richard Kind), Riley’s imaginary friend from long ago. Their long road is full of fantastic surprises, imaginative obstacles, lots of laughs, and ample portions of heart. The outward perspective comes via Riley’s parents, voiced by Kyle MacLachlan and Diane Lane. Mom and Dad each have their own complete set of emotions that try their best to understand what’s going on in the mind of a pre-adolescent girl who doesn’t quite understand herself at the moment. Through all the confusion, what remains clear is the enduring bond of family to share and repair even the most difficult feelings. This film is going to inspire a great number of hugs, to be sure. Though the word is probably thrown around too often, masterpiece fits when assigned to INSIDE OUT. Pixar once again delivers a master class in humor, sincerity, intelligence, wit, charm, imagination, and surprise in cinematic storytelling and this is the studio’s most compelling lecture to date. Walking out of the theater, the only thing difficult to imagine is a scenario in which there is better animated film or 10 better films in any category this year. Pete Docter’s emotions had better start preparing an acceptance speech, or several. INSIDE OUT Is A Masterpiece From The Master Storytellers At Pixar was last modified: February 20th, 2016 by Sean Gerber Related DisneyInside OutPixar 4 comments 0 Facebook Twitter Google + Pinterest Sean Gerber Sean Gerber is the founder and editor-in-chief of Modern Myth Media. When he's not writing here, you can catch him as the host of Popular Opinion Podcast, Batman News, and Marvel News! previous post MMM #251 JURASSIC WORLD Review next post Open Forum: INSIDE OUT You may also like Disney And Pixar Just Keep Swimming With... August 18, 2015 Disney/Pixar’s THE GOOD DINOSAUR Trailer Gives Man... July 22, 2015 RILEY’S FIRST DATE Hilariously Pays Off The... August 17, 2015 Meet The Full Cast Of Aquatic Characters... March 30, 2016 Meet The Cast Of THE GOOD DINOSAUR June 12, 2015 See The Final Trailer For FINDING DORY May 24, 2016 Get Your First Look At Disney/Pixar’s LAVA September 2, 2014 Open Forum: INSIDE OUT June 18, 2015 Check Out The First Teaser For Disney/Pixar’s... October 2, 2014 FINDING DORY Review June 15, 2016 Adrian Edmondson This has been off my radar for a bit but I will certainly give this a look . Hopefully Pixar brings it with this one . T.J. The trailers got me teary-eyed. I have no idea what havoc my little blue, Phyllis-from-The-Office-voiced Sadness character is going to wreak in the actual film. Triad Great to hear that you liked this so much Sean. The kids really want to see this in theaters, but I must confess that my love affair with Pixar had cooled in recent years. After reading your glowing review, I think I might just have to take them to see it this weekend. TheTingler Just saw it yesterday and it’s as good as you say. Loved it. And yes, I was in tears by the end. I didn’t even cry at Up (and that was a close thing)!