Inside Out

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9/10 - The perfect family flick to bring children and parents closer.
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Ever wondered how our emotions take over our heads?


It received a ten-minute standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, became Pixar's highest grossing original film and holds the title for top opening for an original film - yep, it's safe to say Inside Out is a big hit.

And with its moving yet humorous storyline resonant of the many successful Disney Pixar flicks before it, it's no surprise.

What director and writer Pete Docter has created (with the help of an amazing team) is a unique look into the mind which will most likely stay with the audience forever.

Riley is introduced as a tiny baby in her mother's arms and her thought process has yet to form, but out of the darkness comes a light in the form of Joy - voiced by Amy Poehler, who describes her as Tinkerbell meets Peter Pan.

Quickly taking on her duties as a reliable emotion, Joy sends the first ripple of laughter through baby Riley's lips as her parents (voiced by Diane Lane and Kyle MacLachlan) gawp in delight.

Joy isn't alone for long though as Sadness (Phyllis Smith) steps in, with tantrums and sulking in tow.

There's also Disgust (Mindy Kaling), Fear (Bill Hader) and Anger (Lewis Black), and soon all five are combining their efforts to help Riley grow up and tackle childhood.

For each memory made, a ball of light is stored, and depending on which emotion it encompasses, the colour varies.

With her optimistic outlook and determination to make every day a happy one, Joy arguably ranks highest with loads of golden glowing memories - five of which are core.

Before the feelings can continue guiding Riley through friendships, hockey practise and her family, she and her parents up sticks from Minnesota to San Francisco.

And when the clan rock up at an old, down-trodden house only to find out that the delivery van will be arriving late, it's down to Joy to keep Riley's spirits up.

But her efforts are quashed when Sadness accidentally turns a memory from happy to sad by touching it and in an attempt to stop more from changing, Joy ends up being sucked out of headquarters through a tube sending her and Sadness to storage.

With Disgust, Anger and Fear left in charge, how will Riley cope on her first day of school, and how will she settle into her new surroundings?

Inside Out has a similar feel to Monsters Inc. in that it gives viewers a glimpse into a world which they end up believing exists - even the adults.

The film also encourages people to step back, look at themselves and assess their own personalities; what made them the happy-go-lucky individual they are, or what made them so shy?

The countless gags are one of the best parts of the movie, such as a studio called DreamWorks in Riley's mind where all her dreams are shot as though they're movies.

But where there's laughter there's also a tear to be shed, as an emotional scene involving Riley's imaginary friend Bing Bong (Richard King) may prove too heartbreaking for some.

There's no doubt about it; Disney and Pixar have outdone themselves with this offering and it just goes to show, they really can do no wrong.

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