Inside Out is a film about the little voices in an eleven year old girl’s head. Since she was born, Riley (Kaitlyn Dias), had always led a happy life – thanks to the collective efforts of her emotions led by Joy (Amy Poehler). As the only cheery one of the group, Joy often took it upon herself to give Riley a great day.
When Riley’s family made a move to a new town, leaving her familiar surroundings behind, Joy sought to make the transition bearable for Riley. But things took a different turn when Riley’s father (Kyle MacLachlan) starts missing out on time with her and her mother (Diane Lane). Despite Joy trying to keep the emotions in control, Sadness (Phyllis Smith) starts to behave not according to Joy’s plan. She creates a core memory of Riley against the better wishes of Joy. Unfortunately, her plan goes awry and both Joy and Sadness gets sucked up and transported to the long term memory storage. Having lost two of them, Disgust (Mindy Kaling), Fear (Bill Hader) and Anger (Lewis Black) tries to help keep Riley’s emotions running normally – only to have things go from bad to worse.
While trying to find a way back to headquarters, Joy and Sadness start to see the slow destruction of Riley’s personality traits. With every decision Riley makes, each personality island that had been constructed since she was young starts to crumble and fall apart. Knowing that they had no time to lose, Joy and Sadness had to work together to find the fastest way back to headquarters. On their way through Riley’s long term memory storage, they meet her imaginary friend, Bing Bong (Richard Kind). The trio embarks on a journey together to hopefully catch the Train of Thoughts back to headquarters.
Joy and Sadness eventually make it back to headquarters just in time to stop Riley from making a big mistake. Giving Sadness full control, she reunites the family together before Joy comes in – making the very first joint core memory together and bringing balance back to Riley’s emotions.
This is by far one of my favorite films from Disney Pixar. Yes, it got me sobbing in a rather ugly way, but I liked that it showed me that it is okay to feel sad. There is nothing wrong with crying when you want to. Just because it is frowned upon by society as a weakness doesn’t mean you should draw a chalk circle and ask Sadness to stay inside.
Not everyone likes the idea of being vulnerable and sad. Often crying is a sign of weakness but in the case of Inside Out, it is knowing that Sadness is part of a person’s emotions. Without Sadness, there can’t be Joy. And, Joy learnt that the hard way. Through falling into the forgotten memories pit, she gets to view the core memories from start to finish. She sees the sad emotions Riley had felt before the happy emotions took over. She realized that one couldn’t function with the other. I for one am an advocate of this feeling. The emotion that pilots me is generally Sadness because I am a crier. But I usually feel happy after a good cry. In a lot of ways, this movie taught me to cherish the emotions that I feel. If I feel like crying, I should cry. If I feel like laughing, I should laugh. These emotions are what makes me – me and no one can tell me otherwise.
The one thing that I didn’t quite like about the film was Bing Bong being somewhat forgotten. After his big and touching sacrifice (yes, I cried like a newborn baby), I would have thought Joy would remember him somehow and try to find a way to have Riley remember him. But instead, Bing Bong was forgotten (despite Joy making him a promise that she won’t let that happen again).
Who’s your friend who loves to play? Bing Bong, Bing Bong! His rocket makes you yell ‘Hooray!’ Bing Bong, Bing Bong! Who’s the best in every way, and wants to sing this song to say Bing Bong, Bing Bong! JOY – HOW CAN YOU FORGET HIM!?
Inside Out is a touching film that makes you want to embrace your emotions in a public setting – crying and laughing. You are also likely to suffer from side effects that will have you flooding with feels at the mere mention of Bing Bong.