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Family Movie: Our Review of Disney PIXAR Inside Out

Inside Out Review

My daughter and I saw Disney PIXAR Inside Out on opening weekend. My daughter was super excited to see it because she has the same name as the main character, Riley. She is also a rather emotional kid so having a movie all about emotions was a perfect fit for her.

Inside Out puts the viewers inside of Riley’s head. She is an young girl whose family moves from Minnesota to San Francisco. First, we are introduced to Joy, then Sadness, Fear, Anger and Disgust. These are the core feelings that work in the Main Headquarters of Riley’s brain. They work together to dictate Riley’s emotional responses to situations via a wacky control panel.

When new memories are formed in Riley’s life, a colored ball appears, corresponding with an emotion. Joy, is yellow, for example. Sometimes a special “core memory” is created that ties into an important aspect of Riley’s personality.

For the most part, Riley is a really happy and positive kids, so Joy runs the show in her emotional brain. After the move to San Francisco, Sadness begins to have more of an influence. If Sadness touches a memory, the feelings gang realizes that she has the power to turn it into a sad memory forever. Joy and Sadness tangle over a memory ball and are mistakenly sucked into the long term memory section of Riley’s brain.

The rest of the movie is about how Riley can recover her life without Joy or Sadness while they struggle to get back to the main HQ of her brain. According to my daughter, “the middle of the movie is a little slow, but I love the beginning and the ending.”

Regardless of a few slow parts, as a parent, I really love the message of this movie. Life can’t exist without all of your emotions and sometimes sadness can be the way back to finding balance. I think it’s a great way for kids to have a better understanding of their emotions and a fun vocabulary to explain what is going on.

My daughter now LOVES to point out if Anger or Sadness is in control or when she is feeling Joy. If you have not checked out Inside Out yet, my daughter and I recommend you check it out!

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  1. M.Clark says:

    I thought Inside Out was great. I’d love to get one of those plush dolls.

  2. Amber Ludwig says:

    Oh we love this movie so much!! I was definitely the mom who was tearing up in the audience as you realized Riley was growing up and everything becomes on intricate working system!! I agree completely that this is a great tool for kiddos to learn about their emotions and would even work in some cases where kids have some problems displaying certain emotions! Just an all around amazing film!!

  3. Karen says:

    I like movies that teach life lessons to kids when they think they are having fun. I think my grandchildren should see this.

  4. Yes, we are looking forward to seeing Inside Out! I think both of my kids will enjoy it. My daughter keeps looking for the Disgust character plush in stores but all we can find is Joy.

    • Jenn says:

      Maybe try the Disney Store site online? They have action figures for all of the characters, which are adorable!

  5. I think I will take my grandkids to see this. I love how they discuss emotions and besides sadness sometimes anger is also the last step of grieve before getting back on track. I think it is so important to help kids be aware of emotions.

  6. Jenna Wood says:

    I can see how this is a very valuable educational film for children of all ages. We, as society, don’t talk about expressing emotions enough. I can’t wait to see this!

    • Jenn says:

      I agree that it’s so important for kids to understand their emotions and that they are perfectly normal.

  7. Rebekah says:

    I want to take my daughter to see Inside Out, but I think she might be a little young for it. After seeing it, what ages do you think would enjoy this movie?

    • Jenn says:

      Hmm, that’s a tricky one to answer. It all depends on the kid. The message might be a little deep for young kids. My daughter is 9. Under 7 might miss some of the context, but would likely still enjoy the characters. You can always save it for a rental if you think she’s too young.

  8. Zhenya says:

    I really want to see that movie! Thank you so much for the review!

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