The emotions of Fear, Joy, Sadness, Anger and Disgust hit the screen in Disney-Pixar’s all new animated feature, Inside Out, now on Digital HD and Coming to DVD and Blu-Ray November 3rd!
The entire film is concentrated on the emotions of an 11 year old girl named Riley. When she and her parents suddenly move to San Francisco, California, Riley goes into a downward spiral of emotional chaos. Joy does everything she can to keep Riley happy, but Sadness gets in the way. After an argument over a core memory, Sadness and Joy are sucked from headquarters and lost in Riley’s memories. With no Joy to man the controls, Fear, Anger and Disgust are left to try and help Riley through the move. Unfortunately, Anger, Fear and Disgust have no idea how to make Riley happy and Riley is left scared, angry and disgusted with her situation and her parents.
Meanwhile, Joy is on a mission to find her way back to headquarters and fix Riley before she is gone forever. With Sadness in tow and a little help from Bing Bong, Riley’s used-to-be imaginary friend, Joy does everything she can to find her way back up to headquarters, which is in the highest tower, and back to her girl, Riley.
Joy’s constant struggle and never give-up attitude is inspirational to not only the kids in the audience but to the adults as well. Life is a constant uphill battle to make things better and we fight to get there and keep it. A quote that comes to my mind is from the movie Galaxy Quest: “Never Give up, Never Surrender.” And Joy never does give up, getting more creative as she goes along to finally get where she belongs. In an interesting correlation, Riley is also in the same situation as Joy. She is struggling to find where she belongs in her new surroundings and without Joy to see the positive in the situations she is lost and losing hope. They both must find their place in their new home and adapt to their surroundings or risk losing themselves forever.
Inside Out enlightens it’s audience by sharing that loss and change are common in all our lives. How we react to these changes and adapt makes us emotionally grow as a person. Even Riley grows emotionally after her struggle. The audience sees this when Fear, Anger, Disgust, Joy and Sadness get a new command center. The terminal is larger and has even more command buttons, including the entire curse word library, much to Angers excitement. Riley’s struggles may have been hard and trying at times, but her struggles helped shape her personality, She is still a goofball, but far more advanced emotionally. She is no longer controlled by one solitary emotion, she now experiences life through all her emotions with deeper feeling.
Speaking of feelings, I feel that everyone should see this film. Not only will you enjoy the characters and their development, but I am sure you will find concepts that I have not even touched on. This is probably one of Disney-Pixar’s more complicated movies with so many correlations and meanings hidden within characters and events. It will be inspirational, educational and entertaining. The kids will enjoy it and so will the adults in the family.
Not only is the film exceptional, but so are the bonus features! The Blu-ray/DVD copy comes with 2 epic short films!
Lava is the first short I watched. I had heard so much about the song featured in the short film I wanted to check this out first. Let’s just say, I cried. I little short animated feature turned on the waterfall of tears and I was left struggling with my emotional stability. While Lava is a love story that takes place over millions of years, it is combined into a short 7 minute video that will leave you crying and smiling. Good thing we just watched Inside Out and know what two emotions are working together. Thank you Joy and Sadness.
Riley’s First Date is far more hilarious and entertaining. If you cry at all it is because you were laughing so hard it hurt. Yeah picture a mom trying to communicate with her daughter with “hip” lingo, a dad who doesn’t trust boys until AC/DC comes into play, and a daughter just trying to keep the embarrassment factor down to a minimal. With this animated short we get to see the emotions inside the head of the father, the mother, the boy and of course Riley. In fact, I think this film is more about adult emotions than it is about the kids. Although, I have to admit, the boys emotions are hilarious. It explains so much about preteens.
Bonus features also include:
- Story of the Story, where Director Pete Docter talks about the evolution of Inside Out, from the ideas and memories that inspired the story through the hurdles, explorations, and experiences that helped shape it into the film it is today.
- Paths to Pixar: The Women of Inside Out, where Inside Out filmmakers, from voice actors to animators to production crew, talk about their career paths, their goals, the challenges they’ve faced, and the lessons they’ve learned along the way.
- Mixed Emotions, where Inside Out’s filmmakers talk about how they decided which emotions to focus on in the story and how they then went about creating each one’s distinct personality and visual identity.
- Mapping the Mind, where Inside Out’s artists take you through the years-long process of designing and creating a world everyone knows but no one has ever seen – the human mind.
- Our Dads, the Filmmakers, where Elie Docter, the daughter of Inside Out director Pete Docter, and Gracie Giacchino, the daughter of composer Michael Giacchino, bring you behind the scenes for an inside look at the making of the film.
- Into the Unknown: The Sound of Inside Out, asking the question, “What is the sound of a memory forming?” Sound designer Ren Klyce describes the challenges – and the unique solutions – involved in creating the aural world of Inside Out.
- The Misunderstood Art of Animation Film Editing, where we can learn more about the crucial role of the animation film editor, who helps take the story from its earliest, most exploratory versions to the final, polished film you see onscreen.
- Designing Abstract Thought, where Inside Out Character Art Director Albert Lozano describes the challenging, exciting, and appropriately nonlinear process of designing the film’s “Abstract Thought” sequence.
- Deleted scenes
Be sure to Purchase Inside Out from Amazon.com to get all the bonus features and enjoy the movie itself.
In celebration of this film coming to DVD and Blu-Ray, I have found several printables and activities that are fun to print and create. Simply click the images below and download them to your computer. Then print and create for hours of family fun with Joy, Sadness, Anger, Disgust and Fear!
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