Pete Docter's recent animation Film, 'Inside Out' delivers a stunning visual spectacle to the Pixar fans. Docter delivers a visually inventive coming-of-age comedy, which is extremely buoyant and pleasant piece of entertainment. Everything about this film is splendid - from the magnificent technical spectacle to the striking colour and lightening. It is so moving that it will make you laugh and cry simultaneously.


The movie plays out between real life of Riley (voiced by Kaitlin Dyas) and within her headquarters simultaneously. Riley is an 11-year-old girl moving from rural Minnesota to San Francisco with her family.

The move has made Riley upset. Her feelings are being controlled by five mood-entities to make decisions in real life: the optimistic Joy (voiced by Amy Poehler), the depressed Sadness (Phyllis Smith), the cowering Fear (Bill Hader), the aggressive Anger (Lewis Black) and the punctilious Disgust (Mindy Kaling).

The film concocts a meticulous arrangement where Riley's memories and experiences are transformed into glowing little memory balls, which shape her personality. To explain the plot here in full wouldn't be fair to the slithering simplicity with which Docter, Josh Cooley and Meg LeFauve have handled the minutiae of the story.


What is the sweetest thing about 'Inside Out'?

The film deals with the pre-teen days, when our personalities undergo a massive change in order to flourish as teens. The star of 'Inside Out' isn't Riley but Joy and Sadness, who are ejected from the headquarters and dumped into long-term memory accidentally. From thereon, the movie is a journey of Joy and Sadness, who expedite through every nook and cranny of mind - abstract thoughts, dream productions, dumping ground of memories, imagination, long-term memory and the subconscious.

The film adeptly plays frequently between Riley's life and her mind, making the two completely distinct with no room for even slightest confusion. I like the dull presentation of San Francisco and the eccentric contrast of Riley's mind with peculiar colours and shades. The main theme of 'Inside Out' is to explore Riley's tumultuous mind with a thoughtful and stimulating rationality.

It is an exhilarating journey to extrapolate the voices that dominate our mind - joy, sadness, disgust, fear and anger.

As Joy and Sadness are ejected from the headquarters, the mind is left with Fear, Disgust and Anger to steer the mind into right direction. Is it possible for the mind to make rational decisions when in control of Fear, Disgust and Anger? Simply, no. Human beings tend to make decisions, which may lead to severe repercussions. Even though, it is a universal viewpoint, but Docter presents it with such novelty that it shimmers and glimmers.

Moments to Watch Out

  1. The moment when Joy replays a memory of Riley skating in Minnesota to make her happy. As Joy watches Riley skate, she starts skating too with a yearning of happiness and optimism in her eyes that can't be put into words.
  2. The moment when Joy acknowledges Sadness for her intelligence and gives her the charge of mind controller.
  3. The moment when a glimmering ball painted in blue (indicating sadness) and golden (indicating happiness) becomes a part of Riley's most-cherished memories.

Final Verdict

Watching 'Inside Out' is a wonderful experience. This dreamlike palette of emotions by Docter will slay you. At the end of the day, it stands out as one of the best Pixar studio has produced.