"Inside Out" stars Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling, and Phyllis Smith. Released on June 19, 2015, the film has the five emotions trying to guide a young girl through her new life in San Francisco.
The film is directed by Pete Docter, who also directed Monsters, Inc. and Up, and it is the 15th animated film from Pixar Animation Studios. Pixar is known for creating breathtaking animated films not only to entertain the families, but also to provide lessons that reflect on our lives. Sure, they made some mediocre films like Cars 2 (don't understand the hate) and Monsters University (enjoyed it), but that doesn't mean they lost their touch (well, at least from my perspective). We now come to Pixar's brand new idea that takes audiences inside a person's mind to see what makes them tick. All I can say about this film is that Pixar is back on its feet.
The voice cast did a marvelous job portraying the characters, including the emotions. Not only that, but they made them memorable and relatable to kids. My favorite characters in the film are Joy and Fear, voiced by Poehler and Hader, respectively. What I liked about Joy is that she always finds a way to stay positive, just like what I do when reviewing different movies. Fear is probably the comic relief of the film mostly because of his slapstick shenanigans. He always has a way to make me laugh without any of the pop culture jokes and references. The animation in this film are some of the best I've seen in terms of creativity and the characters. The world inside the girl's mind is breathtaking and gorgeous. The story is another big highlight of this Pixar flick. Not only did it focus on the main emotions, but also about Riley and her parents adjusting to their new life in San Francisco. They did a fantastic job of relating the story to both the kids and the adults because it relates to almost everybody, such as how they're feeling when they move in to a new house in a new state. The themes in the movie work very well along with its emotional depth. I almost cried near the end. If you want to know what its themes are, you have to see the film for yourself.
Overall, like the other Pixar classics, "Inside Out" does more than just offering brilliant animation, memorable characters, and smart humor. It has the moments that reflect our lives based on our emotions, whether they're happy, sad, angry, scared, or disgusting. This film reminds me that the memories we have, the emotions that we share, they're what make us who we are today. This is not only one of the best animated films of 2015 and by Pixar, but also one of my favorite films of all time. I would highly recommend this film to both kids and adults alike.