A young girl's emotions try to prevent complete emotional shutdown
after she is forced to move from the Midwest to San Francisco.
Inside Out (2015)
Directed by Pete Docter and Ronaldo Del Carmen
Written by Meg LaFauve, Josh Cooley, Pete Docter
Starring Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Richard Kind, Lewis Black,
Bill Hader, Mindy Kaling, Kaitlyn Dias, Diane Lane, Kyle MacLachlan
Oscar Wins - Best Animated Film
Oscar Nominations - Best Original Screenplay
I had my doubts about Pixar's ability to produce fresh and original stories after their parade of sequels in recent years. Thankfully, I can say that Inside Out is a return to form for the company and one of the best animated films of the decade. It's a brilliant concept that is masterfully worked into a charming and dramatic tapestry of emotion, so to speak.
The voice talent is what drives this film, with Amy Poehler as Joy, Phyllis Smith as Sadness, Lewis Black as Anger, Bill Hader as Fear, and Mindy Kaling as Disgust. Together, they form a virtually unstoppable ensemble that makes Inside Out a pleasure to watch. Also, veteran character actor Richard Kind provides the voice of Bing Bong, the imaginary friend. Bing Bong is one of Pixar's most entertaining and likable characters in a long time and his story is actually pretty sad.
Inside Out wonderfully shows the fantastical world of human emotion, taking audiences deep into the mind of a little girl. You'll never look at your feelings the same way again after watching this film, which will no doubt go down as one of Pixar's finest accomplishments.
Pixar once again knocks it out of the park with their latest feature film, Inside Out. Taking place inside the mind of a young girl, the film shows a fantastical version of how the human brain works and the emotions who control everything. With an impeccable voice cast, smart humor, and heart pulling drama, Inside Out continues to show why Pixar is the quintessential king for animated family fare. After this, my faith in this company is fully back.
As stated earlier, the voice talent is a huge reason this film works so well. Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Lewis Black, Bill Hader, and Mindy Kaling all do outstanding jobs as Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear, and Disgust, respectively. They all work great together, each having great moments of humor and drama. Another pleasant surprise was Richard Kind as imaginary friend, Bing Bong. He quickly becomes the standout character of the entire film, becoming one of Pixar's most likable characters in years. Be warned, though, his story ends in sadness. Speaking of which, Inside Out also shows why Pixar is one of the best when it comes to mixing drama and humor together. While the film is undoubtedly hysterical from beginning to end, there are several scenes that will leave tears in your eyes.
Pixar has always been one of the best in the business in regards to animated family films, with their flair for hysterical antics mixed with mature storytelling evident in all of their work. Inside Out is no exception. It tells a mature story with a game cast and plenty of humor to lighten the mood. It really is an imaginative way to look at how people's emotions work and, like most of Pixar's work, should entertain kids and adults alike.