Emotions are super important to our lives, whether they are emotions that create core memories, and long-term memories that are replayed over and over. Every memory and the way that the situation has played out tees us up for the next occasion that we will be entering into. Core Memories powers aspects of our personalities that create the fundamentals of who we are like silliness, happiness, sadness and anger. Now, in life I generally just took all of this for granted, but Disney and Pixar bring what we all know and manage to the forefront, to the big screen and play out life … as we know it but may not acknowledge it.
Not really knowing what else I might uncover or learn, or how different I might learn to react to other’s reactions, I took my kids with me to go see the movie Inside Out. My kids are my movie barometer, and they generally give me an indication of how the movie will rank from a kid’s perspective. In reality, I probably did not need the kids there to arrive at the conclusion I did about Inside Out. Inside Out will offer you as you will experience everything from tears of joy to tears of basic parenthood. My children’s life, who they are, what they are was presented to me right on the big screen, before my very eyes, and the reality of life that is captured is almost insane. My mixed feelings the whole way through the movie about life never left my side and yet I felt pure and validated after the movie was done because Inside Out will turn your life Inside Out to give you the perspective you might lose while parenting! Lavishly live life out loud, and suddenly feel validated as Inside Out will guide you through that bumpy thing called life!
Paving your way in life is something we all just do, because it is a given we will find our way and ourselves, but Inside Out provides an insider’s perspective of what it takes to grow from a child to a teen inside the mind of Riley. Riley is the character of focus throughout the whole movie and she has been taken out of her stable life in Minnesota because her Dad’s job required a transfer. Riley’s life in Minnesota was fairly stable as she had friends and played on a hockey team but now she suddenly was being taken out of her comfort zone, away from everything she knows and her emotions were about to guide her through her new start in the San Francisco area. Upon her arrival at her new home, life is just not what it used to be and of course the story progresses from there.
I believe one of the hardest things we do as parents is try to get one step ahead of what our kids are thinking in order to react to what they might say. What you might find in Inside Out is the need to really rethink about the way people think in order to let people FEEL and BE before you crawl down their throat.. just saying…..
As a mom and having kids, trying to grow them up is one thing, but seeing that the importance of emotions and validating those emotions, while keeping things very positive is so important. Navigating through the puddles of life is more easily done when the kids are able to experience every feeling and not negate anything they might be feeling. Each person needs the right of passage through emotions in order to succeed, survive and build up those internal islands of communities of family, friends and silliness. Riley’s personality is presented to us in internal categories that sit in her memory.
The two main characters, her main emotions, Joy and Sadness clash like the titans at the beginning, but soon gain acceptance of one another. Their acceptance of each other, allows Riley to survive and feel what needs felt, because in this story, you need to feel the sad in order to get to the good stuff, or so it would appear.
What To Expect From “Inside Out”
Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it’s no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley’s main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.
A Little Trivia About “Inside Out”
Director Pete Docter is the Academy Award®-winning director of “Up.” He made his directorial debut with Disney•Pixar‘s smash hit “Monsters, Inc.,” which was nominated for an Academy Award for best animated feature film. Along with John Lasseter and Andrew Stanton, Docter developed the story and characters for “Toy Story,” Pixar‘s first full-length feature film, for which he also served as supervising animator. He served as a storyboard artist on “A Bug’s Life” and wrote the initial story treatment for “Toy Story 2.” As one of Pixar Animation Studios’ key creative contributors, Docter garnered an Academy Award nomination for his original story credit on Disney•Pixar’s Golden Globe®- and Oscar®-winning “WALL•E.”
Would I take kids under 10 to see the movie? Actually No I would not. I believe the concepts in the movie are far beyond those under 10, as they are still just trying to figure out who they are. My 11 year old really appreciated the movie and chatted the whole next day about how many ‘things’ he felt in common with Riley. My 17 year old daughter felt every range of emotion that Disney/Pixar meant her to feel as she recognized that she has passed through many of the ‘islands’ and they are never coming back.. reality is a scary thing. My 14 year old is a bit perplexed at the fact that those imaginative friends were released from the core memory for good and that growing up meant letting go, something I don’t think he had considered.
The movie is realistic, and will let children of 10 & Up gain perspective on what they might be feeling. For parents, you might feel a jolt of reality when you see dependence grow into independence in pretty much the blink of an eye. What you already have accepted as the reality of life will be played out on the big screen for you to suck up and slurp through again. If you are still parenting and working through emotions with kids in your home, reality is… you will see the challenges ahead of you more clearly.
This is a nice family film if you are taking kids that are 10 and up with you, or the kids are looking to head out with their friends to a movie. The animation is incredible and might I say Riley’s hair looked incredibly life-like, like the kind you just want to tousle because it washes and styles perfectly, while the highlights are always in the right spot.. 🙂 The story-line is solid, albeit the character Sadness can get very annoying at the beginning, just hold on because her character will take shape. Be prepared to be cheered on by JOY as she is quite ‘JOY’ ful and almost irritatingly so, lol! Lesson learned at this movie: Life must allow in sadness because once you grasp the feelings you have, you are able to manage the feelings you are headed towards. I loved the quippy emotional lines that the wife is thinking about her husband, and you get a few of these quips when the husband and wife and trying to console and get some conversation out of Riley. The humor(that only a wife can understand) is hysterical and they way it is laid out is priceless. “Uh-Oh She’s Looking at Us”, “What is it, did we leave the Toilet Seat Up?”, “Signal the husband!” It is the way we all are!
You will learn that feeling sad is not a bad thing, as long as positive is in the mix. Core Memories, Long Term Memory, Thinking Positive, feeling feelings the way they should be are all part of our lives, embrace and enjoy, focus and let life be. Lavishly live life out loud, relive your kids emotional roller-coasters, or get ready for what life is about to dish out(if your kids are not old enough yet!) A great movie to take in, one that will make you look back at the parenting you have done and where you are headed!