June 24, 2015

Pixar Review: 'Inside Out'

Hi everybody! Inside Out is finally here and now I have to give my thoughts on the movie. Is it good? Is it bad? Let's find out!

But first, I have a different way for reviewing from now on which you find out while reading my review. Also, don't worry there is no spoilers. Anyways, let's review Pixar's 15th animated movie!

The Plot:
The story of Inside Out is probably one of Pixar's most daring ones ever since Up (which was Pete Docter's previous film before this one). The plot is about an 11-year-old girl named Riley who has been moved from Minnesota to San Francisco, but that isn't really even the main story. The main story is about the emotions in Riley's mind which are Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), and Disgust (Mindy Kaling). Most of the emotions are not excited about the move, except for Joy who sees lots of potential in the idea. After the first day of Riley's new school, Sadness makes things go wrong which leads both Joy and Sadness to end up out of Headquarters. So now Joy and Sadness try to get back to Headquarters to make Riley happy again.

To not give away anything, this story is almost perfect, it blends comedy and heart together so well. There is also a subplot about Fear, Anger, and Disgust trying to run Headquarters without Joy and Sadness, which greatly mixes with the main plot. The only thing I personally doesn't work for me is that it felt slow for me at some points, but that is probably just me. To sum it up, this is one of the best stories ever in animation.

How Good is the Animation?
As you would expect from Pixar, the animation is really great. The style of the movie is really great, using as style that was used in movies like the original Alice in Wonderland which is something like this: in the real world they use more normal designs and textures and in the mind world they have more colorful and cartoony style. Even the textures of the characters is different in both worlds, where the real world characters have your normal human skin while in the mind world the texture is made out of little bubbles and some background characters textures even look like what toothpaste looks like.

The character animation is also really great, using cartoony animation in the mind world and more realistic movements in the real world. The only complaint I have is that some of the character designs look a bit simple for me, including some minor characters basically looking like dots with stick figure arms and legs. Anyways, the animation in this movie is one of Pixar's best.

Meet the Characters
This movie has one of my favorite bunch of characters that Pixar has ever made. The best ones are the main characters, the emotions, which are not greatly casted with the best voices you could get for the characters but you also relate and feel for them. Joy is a personal favorite with her discovering stuff along with us and really feeling for her, you will see why once you see the movie.

One character that was really great was a character who was not in the advertising that much which is Bing Bong. Bing Bong is a great sidekick who was Riley's imaginary friend when she was little. He really is a sidekick done right and he was a fun character when ever he was on screen. In short, the characters are really great and were fun through the entire movie.

Final Thoughts:
This is one of Pixar's best in a while and was fun and emotional throughout the entire movie. Aside from a couple issues, this movie is almost a perfect animated movie. I hope we can look back on this movie and see how amazing this movie is.

The Plot: 9/10

The Animation: 9/10

The Characters: 10/10

Overall Rating: 9/10

What do you think of Inside Out? Did you enjoy it?

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