My 10-year-old daughter and I had the opportunity to attend a screening of Disney•Pixar’s new film “Inside Out” last week. She loved it from the opening scene for obvious reasons: a fast-moving plot, beautiful animation, an identifiable 11-year-old character. Me? Sitting in a dark, freezing theatre, all I could think was: “how did such a “deep” movie get green lighted?” My guess is it struck a chord with all those studio heads who spent years in therapy because the movie revolves around the idea: “Do you ever look at someone and wonder what is going on side their head?” The suits “got” it at the first pitch meeting.
For two hours, viewers are given an inside look at the “Headquarters” of Riley’s mind where five Emotions are hard at work, led by lighthearted optimist Joy (voice of Amy Poehler), whose mission is to make sure Riley stays happy. Fear (voice of Bill Hader) heads up safety, Anger (voice of Lewis Black) ensures all is fair and Disgust (voice of Mindy Kaling) prevents Riley from getting poisoned—both physically and socially. Sadness (voice of Phyllis Smith) isn’t exactly sure what her role is, and frankly, neither is anyone else.
When Riley’s family relocates to a scary new city, the Emotions are on the job, eager to help guide her through the difficult transition. But when Joy and Sadness are inadvertently swept into the far reaches of Riley’s mind—taking some of her core memories with them—Fear, Anger and Disgust are left reluctantly in charge. Joy and Sadness must venture through unfamiliar places—Long Term Memory, Imagination Land, Abstract Thought and Dream Productions—in a desperate effort to get back to Headquarters, and Riley.
The movie is directed by Academy Award® winner Pete Docter (“Monsters, Inc.”, “Up”), produced by Jonas Rivera, p.g.a. (“Up”) and featuring an original score by Michael Giacchino (“The Incredibles,” “Ratatouille,” “Up”), Disney•Pixar’s “Inside Out” opens in theaters on June 19, 2015.