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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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Monday 17th of August 2015

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

Amber Ludwig

Thursday 13th of August 2015

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!!


Monday 29th of June 2015

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

Tina @ My Highest Self

Monday 29th of June 2015

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.


Monday 29th of June 2015

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

Grace Hodgin

Monday 29th of June 2015

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.


Monday 29th of June 2015

I agree. I think it will be a great one to see with your grandkids.

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