Hello everyone! I’m baa-ack!
I promise that I’m going to get back to doing this regularly. I know my posts have been sporadic at best, but life caught up with me for a few days. I’m happy to say it’s all under control, and I can now get back to my weekly posting. 🙂
The OSCARS were last night! Wasn’t it amazing? It and the Tonys are the only two awards shows I watch. I didn’t get a chance to watch the whole thing this year(cord cutting is brutal the first few weeks!), but I did catch the Animated Feature segment. Woody and Buzz gave me wonderful feelings and called to my nostalgia in a BIG way. 🙂
The winner this year, in case you missed it was Inside Out, the newest Pixar installment. Now, if you know me at all, you know how much I love Pixar! Their storytelling in film is absolutely without equal, and their approach to technology is fascinating to me, as well as being a game changer on every front. Pixar is to our time what Disney was to the 1930s: the ultimate innovator.
Inside Out was announced just over three years ago, and I’ve been looking forward to it ever since. I could not wait to see how they portrayed something as complex as emotions to an audience of mostly children, without condescending to adults. This is Pixar’s speciality, and Inside Out did NOT disappoint.
Here I go, putting the cart before the horse. Written below is my synopsis and review of 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, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness. 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.”-Written by Pixar, IMDB*
*Some people have asked me why I use my synopses from IMDB instead of summarizing myself. The truth is, I’m terrible at summarizing. I tend to ramble without point when I’m explaining a story, which doesn’t make for good reading. This way also, I can choose a spoiler-free synopsis, for my readers who may not have seen the movie.
As stated above, I’ve been looking forward to this movie for years. I love everything about Pixar, and so I keep up with their news as much as I can, and so I’ve been waiting for this movie since it was announced back in 2012. I wasn’t able to take my family to see it in theaters, but Princess did. It quickly became her favorite movie, and she received it for her birthday, when I was finally able to watch it.
There are so many details here that need to be covered, but suffice it to say: it’s amazing. It’s adorable without being cheesy, emotional without being overbearing, and funny without being crude. There are jokes and references that will make adults laugh and kids giggle, and the heartfelt ending will make even a grown man shed a tear.
Its simplicity is what sets it apart, for me. It explains emotions to a kid who’s just starting to understand, as well as having some tiny details that make its simplicity conceal a depth that few movies, especially animated ones, usually reach. For instance, in the adult brain, all the voices for the emotions are the same, and they all have equal say. In contrast, the protagonist-an 11-year-old girl-has distinct voices and a hierarchy to her feelings within “HQ”. This interesting detail is a great symbol of the “mellowing out” that comes with age and experience, and the self-control that keeps emotions in check as we mature. Whereas the girl ’emotions are wild and unfettered, symbolizing her youth and the confusion that comes with growing up and the changes that our mind goes through during puberty. It’s a tiny detail, but it adds a richness to the movie that it wouldn’t have otherwise.
All told, this movie is an absolute delight, perfect for the whole family. Any family with young children should absolutely pick this up.
Final Grade: A+