The audience is immediately introduced to Riley, as well as the emotions that reside inside her. There’s Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear, and Disgust, with each of their doing their best to protect Riley. Each move they make creates a memory (color-coded depending on the dominant emotion), and it is through these memories that the personality of Riley is formed. The film picks up with two stories being shown simultaneously – Riley moving to a new city and dealing with change, and the emotions in total chaos about the change. It was quite an ordeal with controlling Riley and trying to make her happy, that Sadness accidentally tampers with a core memory, eventually sending her and Joy to the depths of Riley’s mind. Now both have to find their way back to headquarters while Disgust, Anger, and Fear try to keep things under control.
Inside Out was a wonderful film, not only because of the excellent voice work of the actors involved, or the vividness of the world. It is not only because it was well thought off, and was absolutely funny and heartwarming. Rather its content is something that resonates deeply within us, reflecting our humanity.
Cast: Amy Poelher, Bill Hader, Lewis Black
Director: Pete Docter, Ronaldo Del Carmen