Pixar’s fifteenth feature film to hit theaters was “Inside Out” and it did well, both critically and financially. It is honestly hard for me to write about this one as it resonates a little too deeply in our lives. It was released just about a year after our whole family had moved and it made me feel like a terrible parent. Good times! So for this introduction, I will stick to the facts.
“Inside Out” received almost universal acclaim, scoring 99% on Rotten Tomatoes. It won the Academy Award for best animated feature and was nominated for best original screenplay. It won A LOT of awards for storytelling, animation, and concept. It was hailed as that best of all children’s movies: a movie with layers and nuance that speaks to audiences on multiple levels at multiple ages. Terms like ‘beautiful’, transcendent’, and ‘smart’ were used in abundance making Pixar once again a force to be reckoned with in the world of animation.
All of things things are true plus it made me cry. Repeatedly. I think it might be the first Pixar movie to hit me quite so hard. Riley’s story was touching, emotional, and (most importantly) real. This was not a story about heroes and villains. The fate of the world was not hanging in the balance. It was about how we all deal with stresses and strains of life’s challenges and how we learn to deal with the inevitable changes we all have to face. The film manages to encapsulate the joy and sadness that are a reality of our lives and how intertwined our emotions truly are. It is more than a movie, it is a gift.
Are you in love with “Inside Out”? Let me know.