Pixar Animation Studios have always delivered excellent quality in terms of their movies. But recently, their films have not had the same high-quality of storytelling like the studio’s previous efforts. That all changes with Pixar’s latest film “Inside Out”, a movie that pulls in both comedy and drama at the same time. With this movie, we get a return to the great form of storytelling that Pixar is known for, as well as some great animation to boot. “Inside Out” is a great reminder that Pixar can do good films, the public just isn’t aware of that factor.
The plot centers on 12-year old Riley (Kaitlyn Dias) who is moving from Minnesota to San Francisco. But what she doesn’t know, is that her emotions are coming along for the ride. These include Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Fear (Bill Hader), Disgust (Mindy Kaling), and Anger (Lewis Black). Together, these five emotions describe Riley’s personality on a daily basis, as well as trying to keep themselves in check.
“Inside Out” is a great movie from Pixar that pretty much, everyone needs to see. The cast and characters are brilliantly designed, especially from the emotions who have unique personalities of their own, and everyone lends their roles to the character provided with great direction from Pete Doctor. The music by Michael Giacchino provides an upbeat tempo, as well as some dramatics scores to the film, and it fits well within the context of the movie. Everything works within the sound of the movie; everything is provided with much clarity and ease, it makes the ears marvel with glee. But what makes the movie work really well is both the story, and the animation.
The story is something that Pixar has never done before: go inside the mind of a pre-teen girl. Before, we’ve had films based of anthropomorphic creatures, toys, robots, and more. But never have the writers gone inside the mind of a young girl before; this is all thanks to co-writer Pete Doctor. The film also blends a nice balance between comedy and drama. By putting the comedic scenes where the film needs to be funny, and the dramatic moments where it needs to convey emotion, the film offers a nice alternative between the two genres.
Finally, the animation is absolutely brilliant. Rather than being based off other ideas, the film creates a world where everything feels original, and the designs compliment this to the fullest. Each emotion fits their personality very well. Joy is full of life and happy. Disgust complains about the little things. Fear gets scared when needed. Anger gets upset when needed. And sadness is, well… sadness. But aside from all that, the design of each character looks amazing, and everything just stands out in an array of color.
In conclusion, Pixar has returned from a short slump and delivered a crowning achievement in the realm of animation. “Inside Out” is an emotional roller coaster that more than likely you would like to see more than once.