FILM REVIEW: INSIDE OUT (U)

Disney/Pixar have done it again with another emotionally moving and intelligently crafted animation – that really brings to life those little voices inside your head.


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Inside Out actually takes you inside the head of happy 11-year-old Riley (voiced by Kaitlyn Dias), who proves growing up is a bumpy road after she’s uprooted from her Minnesota life – where she was star of the ice hockey team – when her father (Kyle MacLachlan) starts a stressful new job in San Francisco.

Her emotions – Joy (Saturday Night Live’s Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Fear (Bill Hader from the forthcoming Amy Schumer comedy Trainwreck), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Anger (Lewis Black) – come in the form of physical entities, complete with control room and hi-tech contraptions, who’ve had it easy keeping the youngster in-check with a swathe of joyful memories.

But when this change of scenery – compounded by a terrible first day of school – throws Riley out-of-sync, her consciousness turns to despair, and Joy and Sadness get ejected to the far reaches of her mind, as Riley’s places of happiness literally crumble around them.

It’s then a race against time for Joy and Sadness to combine (their distinctly different) forces – with the help of Riley’s childhood ‘imaginary friend’ Bing Bong (Richard Kind) – to get back to headquarters, where Fear, Disgust and Anger are alone (badly) manning the fort, before Riley goes into complete meltdown and does something she regrets.


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And this is done in such an exceptionally well-thought out and touching way – helped by the cleverly created characters led by Poehler and Smith – that you can’t help but be charmed by yet another stellar Disney/Pixar catalogue entry.

It does have a couple of lulls and minor mis-steps – which leaves it a touch shy of living up to the immense hype – and isn’t helped that arguably the funniest set-piece has already been seen in the trailer, but with so many great ideas you’d be hard pressed to deny it a place in the upper echelons of Pixar’s best.

You’re never ever going to top Toy Story (which is the best animation franchise of all-time), but Inside Out sits up their nicely with the likes of Up and WALL-E as one of their most inventive and poignant films – that all families will be able to relate to.

Parents will undoubtedly love this as much as their kids – especially if they’re a bit older too – so turn your pockets inside out to make this your family’s animation of choice this summer.

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Voice Cast: Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Bill Hader, Richard Kind, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling, Diane Lane, Kyle Maclachlan, Kaitlyn Dias, Frank Oz, Flea & John Ratzenberger

Running Time: 1 Hr 34 Mins

Director: Pete Docter

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