Inside Out is the new Disney animation film that everyone has been talking about for a few weeks now. The story follows eleven year old Riley as she is uprooted from her home in Minnesota to a new life in San Francisco. However this is no ordinary story as instead of Riley being the main character it is her emotions that live inside her head that lead the movie. For it turns out that every human has a group of emotions that decide how the day will progress. Inside Riley we are given Joy (Amy Poehler) who runs the ‘Headquarters’ and who’s sole aim is to keep Riley happy but faces problems in the way of Fear (Bill Hader), Disgust (Mindy Kaling), Anger (Lewis Black) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith) who causes the most problems. Everything in Riley’s life is going fine until Sadness causes an accident meaning that herself and Joy end up lost in Riley’s mind and must attempt to get back to ‘Headquarters’ before they are lost forever leaving Riley without the ability to feel Joy.
I had high hopes for this film, the trailer that I have seen for the past few months had me very excited and the reviews since it’s release have all been very positive with many claiming it’s the best Disney film in a long time. Unfortunately I was left feeling very disappointed. Maybe the reviews had bigged it up too much or maybe I’m just a bit too old for Disney animations now – although a lot of the films content would have gone right over children’s heads, there were some deep issues that were picked up on! Yes there were some funny moments, the opening scenes in particular where we are introduced to the different emotions and the ending, but the majority of the film isn’t that funny. You will also find that the storyline is very predictable, I was able to work out what would happen before it did and towards the end of the film I was a little bit bored and sort of hoping it was nearly over.
That’s not to say that the film was awful, it was a pleasant watch and the idea was new but for me it didn’t live up to its other reviews and it certainly isn’t as good as other Disney animations like Toy Story. Also I recognised the voice of Riley’s imaginary friend Bing Bong but couldn’t remember where I knew him from which annoyed me for the whole film..! (I now know it’s Richard Kind who has been in many things including quite a few episodes of Scrubs.)
I should also warn you that before the film starts there is a short musical animation about a volcano looking for love which is frankly very weird, has absolutely nothing to do with the film and left us very confused as to why it was shown!