Inside Out DVD Review

DVD Review by Jon E Clist

The Premise
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 - Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness. The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley's mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, 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.

The Review
Pixar have long been the heavyweight champion in the field of family animation. So when Disney bought them and added their prowess to studio you couldn't help but think that things can only get even better. Inside Out is an absolute triumph of magical Kids films with the additional element of actually being a really good teaching film. This is a film that does a brilliant job of not only explaining emotions but also even getting into neural pathways and other such complex medical thoughts.

This is one of the best films that I have seen for so many reasons and as I am posting this review it has come out that Inside Out has done over $90 million in its US opening weekend alone. What a massive start to what will most likely be the biggest pixar film to date. It has a 98% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and has done a stack load overseas also. This is a film that audiences and critics are loving. Now it doesn’t seem to be something that happens very often. Critics and the public on the same page.

One of the elements that makes this film work is the hard work they have done in connecting their characters with the emotions that they represent. According to director Pete Docter, each emotion is based on a shape: Joy is based on a star, Sadness is a teardrop, Anger is a fire brick, Fear is a raw nerve, and Disgust is broccoli. Add to that the brilliance of how memories and emotions connect and the clever nature of this story and script is awesome.

There are still good laughs to be had, especially thanks to the discovery of an imaginary friend lurking in long term memory storage. Oh and before I send this information down into my longterm storage... Inside Out features one of the best animated short films before it starts with "Lava". It features an awesome song and yet again the ability to pretty much make an audience cry before the actual movie has even started...

Here’s some audio from the radio review Saskia and I did for the film on Rhema...


The Verdict
One of the best films that Pixar have done, and they have certainly done a lot of great films. I think this is a must see for all ages and not just for pure entertainment but also to help us understand our feelings and the effect they have on us.

The Trailer

The Info
DVD Releases: 4th November 2015
Rating: G
Duration: 102 minutes 
Genre:  Animation
Starring: Amy Poehler, Bill Hader & Lewis Black
Director: Pete Docter, Ronaldo Del Carmen

The Extras
The writers considered up to 27 different emotions, but settled on five (Joy, Sadness, Disgust, Fear and Anger) to make it less complicated. Some of the major emotions that ended up being cut included Surprise, Pride, and Trust.

Some of the memory balls in Riley's mind contain scenes from other Pixar movies, such as Carl and Ellie's wedding in Up (2009).

The bubbly texture of the emotions was originally supposed to be just on Joy, but then due to the difficulty of animating this unique design, after eight months, the animators decided to scrap it altogether because it became unaffordable. However, when Pixar Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter saw it, he said, "That's great. Put it on all the characters." Commenting on this incident, production designer Ralph Eggleston said, "You could hear the core technical staff just hitting the ground, the budget falling through the roof. But it was all good. They found a way to make it work."

Pete Docter's inspiration for this film came from watching his own daughter go through this turbulent part of growing up.

Inside Out (2015) featured a small crew with only 45 animators, which is about half the size of previous films by Pixar.

Production designer Ralph Eggleston worked for five and a half years on Inside Out. He said it's the longest he's ever worked on one film, and was the hardest process, too.

Pete Docter has said that this film was "one of the most challenging I've ever had to put together," because it has to tell what is going on with the girl and what is going on in her mind at the same time.

Commenting on being offered the role of Disgust, Mindy Kaling said, "I'm not asked to do that many things. I think I am sort of very specific - the way I look and talk and what I am interested in. So I sort of resigned myself to writing my own work ... When I was asked to do this, the script was amazing. I went up to Pixar and I cried. I was just in a meeting with these guys and they showed me the story and I started weeping."

In the scene where Riley's dream about her new house turns into a nightmare, the music playing in the background is from the Disneyland attraction, The Haunted Mansion.