Thursday, 13 December 2018

It’s been emotional but Pixar’s nailed it

THE meteoric rise in popularity of the animated feature film genre has meant their creators have

THE meteoric rise in popularity of the animated feature film genre has meant their creators have had to become ever more inventive.

Inside Out, which is Disney Pixar’s latest offering, is no exception. The studio already has a stellar reputation for producing almost lifelike characters and animated worlds, so really this just leaves the storyline.

Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it’s no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco.

Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions â?? Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness. The emotions live in Headquarters, the control centre inside Riley’s mind, where they help and advise her through everyday life.

As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in the city, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley’s main and most important emotion tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.

Joy’s goal has always been to make sure Riley stays happy. She is optimistic and determined to find the fun in every situation.

Anger feels passionately about making sure things are fair. He has a fiery spirit and tends to explode when things don’t go to plan.

Disgust is highly opinionated, extremely honest and prevents Riley from getting poisoned — both physically and socially. Fear’s main job is to protect Riley. He is constantly on the lookout for potential disasters and the dangers in Riley’s everyday life.

Sadness would love to be more optimistic and helpful in keeping Riley happy, but she finds it hard to be positive.

Featuring the voices of Amy Poehler and Bill Hader it won’t take much for youngsters to warm to these cute and loveable characters and perhaps also relate to the trials and tribulations of adolescence.

With Minions currently performing well at the box office Inside Out may struggle to make a dent in the market. However, parents willing to give it a try will no doubt consider it money well spent over the summer holidays.

Review: David White

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