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Inside Out’s Brilliant Look at the Mind

Inside Out is a refreshing take on the inner workings of a pre-pubescent girl’s mind. The film delves to emotional depths with such colour and imagination. Inside Out’s brilliant look at the mind will entertain children and parents alike.

The latest from animation powerhouse Disney/Pixar, Inside Out takes us inside the mind of Riley (Kaitlyn Dias), an 11-year-old girl whose life gets uprooted when their parents (Kyle MacLachlan and Diane Lane) move from Minnesota to San Francisco.

We take a close look at how this life-changing experience transforms Riley’s mental state, using five important emotions:

Joy (Amy Poehler)

Fear (Bill Hader)

Anger (Lewis Black)

Disgust (Mindy Kaling)

Sadness (Phyllis Smith)

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All of Riley’s emotions are harnessed in Headquarters, her brain’s “control room”, with memories stored in small, glass-like balls, sent through mazes and tunnels for short and long-term storage. Connected by bridges are a series of “islands of personality” built of core memories, with such titles as Friendship, Family, Goofball and Honesty.

Because Riley isn’t happy about the move, Sadness keeps touching the “happy” memory balls, turning those memories into sad ones. Joy and Sadness are then on a mission to save Riley’s core memories, leaving Fear, Anger and Disgust in charge.

Inside Out is both simplistic and complicated, but the message is straightforward: it’s okay to feel sad, angry, scared or disgusted. Without those strong powerful emotions, especially sadness, you wouldn’t be able to experience joy. Whether my 8 and 10 year old understood some of the messaging in the film, I’m not sure. But the main theme is family and love.

The concept is refreshing and wonderful, and the execution – brilliant. Two thumbs up!

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Win Passes to Disney Pixar’s Inside Out in Toronto!

Do you ever look at someone and wonder what is going on inside their head? Disney Pixar’s original new film “Inside Out” ventures inside the mind to find out.

Based in Headquarters, the control center inside 11-year-old Riley’s mind, five Emotions are hard at work, led by lighthearted optimist Joy (voice of Amy Poehler), whose mission is to make sure Riley stays happy. Fear (voice of Bill Hader) heads up safety, Anger (voice of Lewis Black) ensures all is fair and Disgust (voice of Mindy Kaling) prevents Riley from getting poisoned—both physically and socially. Sadness (voice of Phyllis Smith) isn’t exactly sure what her role is, and frankly, neither is anyone else.

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When Riley’s family relocates to a scary new city, the Emotions are on the job, eager to help guide her through the difficult transition. But when Joy and Sadness are inadvertently swept into the far reaches of Riley’s mind—taking some of her core memories with them—Fear, Anger and Disgust are left reluctantly in charge. Joy and Sadness must venture through unfamiliar places—Long Term Memory, Imagination Land, Abstract Thought and Dream Productions—in a desperate effort to get back to Headquarters, and Riley.

Directed by Academy Award® winner Pete Docter (“Monsters, Inc.”, “Up”), produced by Jonas Rivera, p.g.a. (“Up”) and featuring an original score by Michael Giacchino (“The Incredibles,” “Ratatouille,” “Up”), Disney Pixar’s “Inside Out” opens in theatres on June 19, 2015.

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Monday, June 15th, 2015

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