“Well done San Francisco, you’ve ruined pizza. First the Hawaiians, now you.”
Sometime Disney are too brilliant for their own good. Almost everything about Inside Out is infused with charm, emotion, jovality, sadness and, most importantly of all, a keen sense of humanity. These feelings are thanks to the main focus of Disney & Pixar’s latest offering: Feelings.
If Disney know how to make film about anything, it’s feelings. Be it toys with feelings, cars with feelings, or even monsters with feelings, Disney and Pixar have the innate ability to make you care. A story about feelings having feelings was never going to be any different.
Following the beautifully-crafted Lava, a very sweet short, I was left teary-eyed within five minutes of the feature film. Inside Out‘s story of a young-girl, Riley, growing up feels universally reflective, even if it’s rose-tinted tale tells of a white, middle-class girl with big blue eyes. This universality comes from the emotions house-sharing her mind. In a montage we are granted a peek into all types of mind and, be it in the grumpy bus driver or the hungry hound, everyone and thing has their own Joy, Sadness, Anger, Disgust and Fear. They are all alike and unalike simultaneously, which is the cornerstone of the human condition. For Inside Out to make such a clear point of this is a brave and poignant choice.
It was also refreshing to see that the film argues that though Joy is the happy-go-lucky key to existence, Sadness is no less vital than the other emotions. From being initially out in her own Sadness circle to becoming an integral cog in the emotional processes, Inside Out boasts an emotionally-rich and admirable message. Inside Out tells children that they don’t have to be chirpy all the time and its okay to be unhappy.
Whilst the message and its characters are further strokes of Disney genius, Inside Out‘s story development, whilst often hilarious and heart-wrenching, comes straight out of the Disney playbook. A near perfect situation is flipped on its head and it takes a cutesy protagonist, with the help of some strange side-kicks, to set the world right. The journey taken, though very enjoyable, is nothing new, and has a very Toy Story feel.
Yet, as they say, if it ain’t broke, why fix it? Apart from being somewhat overlong, Inside Out never fails to entertain. The feelings on screen will awaken your own, though I doubt you’ll feel much from your own Anger, Disgust or Fear. Inside Out is feelings having feelings awakening feelings. How Disney.
Inside Out isn’t the ‘Pixar Perfection’ some have branded it as, but it ticks all the boxes and more. Genuine tears will flow and belly-laughs will erupt as SNL-alumni Poehler and Hader litter the picture with their trademark humours. An average story does the characters justice, without sending them to infinity and beyond.
You’ve got a friend in Inside Out.
Inside Out is released in the UK on July 24th.
Header courtesy of 5minutesformom. Images courtesy of Jem Ward and sharetu.