Some people believe that animated films are only meant for children, but Pete Docter and Ronaldo Del Carmen’s Inside Out comes at a time when many supposed facts (read: myths) shall stand disproved. Disney Pixar’s production, this film talks about an 11-year-old girl named Riley who is uprooted from her country home and brought to an alien city like San Francisco, as her father decides to change his workplace. Like many who would have moved around a lot in their lives owing to their parents’ transferable jobs would best understand the strong emotions that Riley feels, those of Joy, Sadness, Anger, Disgust and Fear, who reside in the headquarters of her brain and control her demeanor, her actions at every point.
Needless to say, this is a mature film with a strong message that is more for the parents who are likely to accompany their kids to the movie theaters to watch the film. This is an intelligently-made film for all those who want something more than just a dose of a regular masala film. Instead, choose a better taste of popcorn and sit down to watch this marvel on the screen.
The precision with which each point has been paid attention to, from the anatomy of the brain to the psychology of the human mind, is wonderful to watch. There’s the Imagination Island (that helps you every time you day dream while working), the Dream Productions (that control your dreams), the train of thought (quite literally shown), as well as the subconscious mind – a deep, dark dungeon-like place where one’s emotions are likely to get lost (an interesting food for thought for those trying to understand what goes on inside but can’t quite). This E-motion(al) pictorial representation of a concept so scientific touches all the right chords and manages to leave you with a snug feeling.
This is easily one of the best things to have happened to Walt Disney Studios in the recent past. The studio’s Indian counterpart released the Bollywood dance film, ABCD 2 last week, and it had nothing but disappointment writ large all over it. Of course, the film’s superb marketing has helped its cause well as it has no competition for the second week in theaters. Disney’s Up, Toy Story, The Beauty and the Beast, Lion King as well as Dreamworks’ How To Train Your Dragon 2 (a sequel was better for the first time in never, possibly) have etched fond memories in our minds, and Inside Out, that film all about the mind makes way to gain space into the core memory.
The little voices in your head also have feelings, we’ll remember to remember them, certainly.
If this was a film to be rated as per the movie rating meter, then it surely deserves a 5/5 for being one of the most-brilliant pieces of animation with a solid storyboard.