Pixar's Inside Out (2015)

Must have been Tom Dick over at Quarter to Pee. He ruins everything.

Dude, we’re not supposed to talk about porn sites here!

Still, at just a fourth of a buck per golden shower video, what a deal!!

Reading some (any) of the reviews it seems like must see movie. I guess I’ll see it next week, weird I have not seen a movie with a week of the release in probably two years and now it looks like I’ll see two (Jurrassic World) in two weeks. Looking forward to good discussion on this forum.

Just saw this tonight, and it got it right. Everyone should see this film.

Aw man. Just saw that this one is not going to come out in Germany until Oct. 1. Screw you, Disney. The first Pixar movie I’m really excited about since Up.

It’s worth the wait, but yeah - wth, Disney?

That always seems to happen with Pixar movies, in the UK anyway. Up was at least 6 months after the US. Though for once this film seems to be getting a relatively timely release over here.

Just saw it. The critics are right, completely fresh. A magically mix of joy and sadness.

As I often do when I watch Pixar movies, I often think what a sense of accomplishment it must be to work for Pixar on project like that. I am sure it involves a ton of work, and its probably demoralizing to work hard on something only to have it been thrown away cause its not right. But to do something that audience and critics love, that must be pretty cool.

Just saw this with my daughter today. We were both pretty teared up at the end. Happy Father’s Day for me.

Plus, we went to Umami Burger afterwards; I had the Manly burger (bacon lardons - yum) and she had the seared ahi burger. Now we are going to bake some chocolate chip cookies together. Life is good.

Saw it today with the family and loved it. Very well done.

Saw it with the wife and kid. Pretty good. We had a lady sitting by us who laughed constantly at everything…the wife wanted to punch her and then walk out. I cautioned restraint.

After the movie, the 9 year old and I went to a go kart racing place where he drove around for the 1st time ever. Then, pizza and ice cream.

On the way home, the kiddo exclaimed, “Best Day Ever” Happy fathers day to all of you out there!

Took the family to see it yesterday for Father’s Day. My wife and I didn’t care for it too much. Not that it was necessarily bad, but we definitely didn’t feel the love. Kids seemed to like it for the most part.

Took the wife and kids out to it on Saturday and the wife and I thought it was great, very thoughtful and a good movie for parents and kids (especially young pre-teens, I suspect). The kids thought it was excellent as well and we spent the next meal talking about our favorite parts (mine was probably the way they animated Anger’s face while Lewis Black pointed angrily and accused the Hawaiians of being the first to ruin pizza).

Pixar’s best movie in years. The wife and I took our 8 year-old. We also have a 13 year-old daughter who decided not to come along. Man, as a parent this film packed a serious emotional wallop. It was funny, sad, touching, and most of all honest.

On an emotional level, this movie completely worked for me, but a lot of the mechanical “reality” of the brain world will, I think, keep it from leaving a lasting impression on me. This was covered in the podcast and the guys thought it was okay for it to be fast and loose with the rules, which have usually been a high point of Pixar’s worlds. I just felt like a lot of the rules were generated on the fly, simply to fall in line with the needs of the plot. Why does the “Train of Thought” only run when Riley is awake? Because we need Joy to fall into the Pit of Forgetfulness. Falling into the Pit means you’re forgotten forever, EXCEPT for those first few minutes (hours?) where you have time to attempt an escape. Who are these brain workers running the train? Other emotions? Are they imaginary? If imagined, why would they get tired and have shifts? Why doesn’t the Command Center just have a door?

I guess the main question is, did the Brain World actually exist, and have actual rules, like the Monster World in Monsters Inc., or is it just a complete metaphor used to move the plot along to the next emotional moment? Pixar has mastered those moments at this point, and they sure did work on me, but I can see where the intervening story beats weren’t working for a long time, as mentioned in that NYT article (that article also spoils the ending!).

On a purely superficial level, the visuals didn’t have the same punch, and/or, consistency (if that’s the right word) of previous Pixar films. Even if it’s not always plot relevant, there has always been a particular technical challenge being tackled in their early works. They’ve talked about how, in Monsters Inc., they had to figure out how to make realistic fur. In Finding Nemo, creating a realistic ocean was the challenge. Cars seemed to have a focus on lighting with stuff like the neon. There didn’t seem to be anything particularly impressive here, either technically, or just from a conceptual standpoint. The Brain World characters seemed pedestrian in their designs and the world didn’t hit me with anything spectacular. The Long Term Memory corridors seemed very boring compared to the Door Factory of Monsters Inc. The abstract thought sequence was a stand out, but it was short lived.

I felt like this was just a overly-wrought metaphor setting more than a real setting with rules that determine how it works. And the movie, by design to a degree, just runs the metaphor into the ground. I also felt that it was very clearly mostly middle aged dudes trying to imagine the emotions of a young girl and grasping at nothing but broad strokes. And oddly, the girl, who was far more interesting on her own than with the voices in her head, often felt like a powerless marionette only able to switch from one vibe to the other when someone pulled her strings. Inside Out felt like it didn’t understand the complexities of people at all as it went for a lot of low hanging fruit emotional insights all wrapped up in a metaphor that probably went over some kids heads. On top of that, it was kind of boring, given that the main story is just two characters trying to get back only to be befuddled by whatever people wanted to throw in to move the plot along.

Part of me wonders if the creators had decided to make the main character an 11 year old boy, their own recollections would have killed the idea before it even took off.

So that’s my old man dead inside review.

Dead inside, indeed. I can understand not liking it, but I’m a bit surprised at the hostile reaction.

When I left the theater, I mostly just felt kind of bored, but after my wife and I chatted about it, I realized there were things that struck me more than I thought… which I already blathered about. That could be a good thing, peeling back those layers, but as I did, I discovered that I felt the film was incredibly superficial and sold short the little girl in multiple ways. I also don’t love kids films, so I’m already one step removed from Pixar flicks when I enter the theater (I know I know… they work on so many different levels so that kids and adults etc, which is great when they actually do that, but tedious when they don’t as Inside Out didn’t for me).

Edit: part of my thoughts on the film stemmed from an interview I read after seeing the film where the director was asked how he got into the head of an 11 year old girl. I realized that I didn’t think the film successfully did that and got to considering why.

I’m a huge fan of thinking about and discussing movies, but I just got swept up into this one and never really thought about the discrepancies that some of you saw. To me, it almost seems like critiquing the Bugs Bunny shorts, “The Rabbit of Seville” or “What’s Opera, Doc?”. I realize that Pixer brings a higher bar to the table and that their films carry greater emotional weight, but the pure wonder of the mind was just fantastic to me.