Monday, 3 August 2015

Inside Out Review

Inside Out

Release Date: 9th June 2015 - Australia
(Sydney Film Festival)

Production Companies 
Walt Disney Pictures
Pixar Animation Studios 

Walt Disney Studios Motion
Pictures Australia 

Genre: Animation/Family

Rating: PG

Runtime: 102 minutes

Budget: $175,000,000

Box Office Gross: $857,427,711

Plot Summary 
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 Head-
quarters, 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

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.

Amy Poehler - Joy
Phyllis Smith - Sadness
Bill Hader - Fear
Lewis Black - Anger
Mindy Kailing - Disgust
Richard Kind - Bing Bong
Kaitlyn Dyas - Riley
Diane Lane - Riley's Mom
Kyle MacLachlan - Riley's Dad

Screen Story/Screenplay/
Director - Pete Docter
Screen Story/Co-Director -
Ronald Del Carmen
Screenplay - Meg LeFauve and
Josh Cooley
Additional Dialogue - Amy
Poehler and Bill Hader
Executive Producers - Andrew Stanton
and John Lasseter
Producer - Jonas Rivera
Production Designer - Ralph Eggleston
Character Designer - Deanna Marsigilese
Animation Director - Jaime Landes Roe
Cinematographer - Patrick Lin
Film Editor - Kevin Nolting
Music - Michael Giacchino

In a defiance of PIXAR revisiting its glory days of churning out one of the latest animations of 2015, I guess that I'm fortunate enough that I experienced INSIDE OUT as a newfound piece of storytelling that takes you to a strange journey of what's inside the human subconsciousness. This takes me back in my childhood memory to a earlier feature I've seen of OSMOSIS JONES except it has a different plot-line and similar set-up with Bill Murray in only the live action scenes. Thankfully, the creative team of PIXAR has made a better version in INSIDE OUT with the strong story and themes commonly used many times in the company's previous modern classics. This film sees PIXAR return to the critical appraisal after taking a few small downturns like CARS 2. I was impressed at its digital animation that creates the movie's generous look and it even becomes bizarre at one time where the three characters wind up in a room where they keep changing into three forms of dimensional art. 

It delves into the unique cleverness and colourfulness with its subject matter with poignancy served as the main core for the emotions of the film. The voice acting is exceptional with Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Bill Hader and Richard Kind are definitely giving credit to their characters. The score by Michael Giacchino is so perfect to hear in its vibrancy and it resonates well in the movie at the best since THE INCREDIBLES (click here) and better than JURASSIC WORLD (click here).

INSIDE OUT is as close to getting what's best in animated movies. It looks and sounds amazing in an interesting scope and has a plot that relates young and mature adults at the same time.

Star rating: (9/10) Excellent Movie

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