Pixar's Inside Out (2015)

The movie finally got released over here…

Loved it. Easily one of Pixar’s finest and–to me–their return to old form after their recent output. (I didn’t care much for Brave, thought Monsters University was rather forgettable, didn’t like Cars 2.)

  • Having minored in psychology, I enjoyed Pete Docter’s take on how the emotional system works. Paul Ekman got a nod in the credits, no idea if he did some consulting work though. I mean, it’s not like it was trying to be an accurate representation of certain models, but it clearly took some inspiration here and there and also incorporated some other assumptions, e.g. the function of sleep with regards to longterm memory.

  • I dug the message. That part of embracing/appreciating your negative emotions really resonated with me and is both aimed at children as well as adults. And when I’m talking about adults, I’m not just referring to overprotective parents. I can’t stand the “Be positive!” wave that has been pushed by motivational gurus/books in the past 15 years. And I’m pretty sure everyone knows someone who’s adamant about cutting out negative vibes and keeping a smile no matter what.

  • Based on the kitchen scene in the trailer I expected the movie to constantly switch around between the different minds. It focusing on Riley’s mind gave the story enough room to explore concepts such as the imagination or the memory dump. Probably also made the few scenes in which we get a glimpse into someone else (kitchen scene & credits) stand out more, too.

  • I liked that the story was an emotional journey (even literally) that didn’t need a villain or the stakes being super-high. The climax is about Riley running away and getting on that bus. It’s about her and her family’s emotional well-being, not some aliens invading Earth or a sinister force threatening some fairytale world. That was nice for a change, and it was just as engaging.

  • For a few minutes I was worried that Bing Bong would turn out to be another Stinky Pete or Lotso. You know, a character that seems benevolent at first, but turns out to be bitter and evil as a result of being neglected. With Bing Bong being Riley’s forgotten imaginary friend, that would have been a possibility.

  • That part about the memory workers trolling the mind by sending up the memory of the commercial again and again: awesome.

  • The train of thought crashing and falling into the memory dump: I bet, had this been a Blue Sky production, you’d have seen a character exclaim “Oh no, I’ve lost my train of thought!” Because, you know, it might no have been obvious enough otherwise, amirite?

Yeah, one thing that is cool about this movie is that it takes a page from Miyazaki and forgoes a typical protagonist/antagonist plot. There is no bad guy, just bad things happening. I loved this movie. One of my favorite Pixar films in years. This also happens to be one of their emotionally deepest films as well.

I grabbed the BluRay at the store the other day based on what I had read here. Not much of a gamble, since it was Pixar, but still.

Great story, and ludicrously affecting for no reason I could actually put my finger on. I enjoyed the “short” that came with the BluRay too - Reilly’s First Date.

I also watched it over the weekend. I thought it was one of Pixar’s best, easily up there with Up and the first half of Wall-E. While many of the story beats were easy to see coming, the final bit with Bing Bong in particular, I did enjoy the way the film developed. Yes, this is definitely a movie squarely aimed at parents, particularly parents of kids under 13. But, hey, that’s me. Several genuinely laugh out loud moments for me and my wife. Even my 2 year old loved it.

He was very upset about the train though. He is slightly obsessed with trains.

The short was also fantastic. “Give him THE BOOT”

The quick hits during the credits with the various personalities made me chuckle. An easy set of jokes (the bus driver with only 5 Anger emotions), but made me laugh anyway.

I thought the throw-away jokes were some of the funniest in the movie. “What’s this new set of controls? Puberty? It’s probably nothing.”

Sequel announced.

Thread here.