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Disney Pixar’s Inside Out Review – Two Thumbs UP!

Pictured (L-R): Sadness, Fear, Anger, Disgust, Joy. ©2015 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

In Theaters Everywhere June 19, 2015

I had the pleasure of watching an advanced screening of Disney Pixar's Inside Out in 3D. I walked into the movie expecting to enjoy it, but I never expected to actually feel all of the emotions that were conveyed on the screen. I was excited to see a theater packed with a diverse audience. There were children, parents, young couples, grown men, and more! I wanted to get a good feel of the different reactions from each individual. I sat in one of the designated press sections toward the top/back of the theater, so I had a pretty good view of all the audience and the screen. I brought my boyfriend as my guest. Next to me sat a mother and her daughter, in front of us sat an elderly couple, and beside us sat another young couple. I was happy with the variety of individuals around us, because I could gauge their reactions to different scenes in the movie. I wanted to get an idea of the type of audience that would enjoy this film. 

Disney•Pixar’s “Inside Out” takes moviegoers inside the mind of 11-year-old Riley, introducing five emotions: Fear, Sadness, Joy, Disgust and Anger. In theaters June 19, 2015. ©2013 Disney•Pixar.  All Rights Reserved.

The Characters

Honestly, as soon as the film began I was super excited about the characters. It doesn't take long for you to build a connection with each of the “emotions” inside 11-year-old Riley's head.

Pictured: JOY. ©2015 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

You instantly fall in love with Joy. She runs the headquarters inside Riley's mind. She's is bubbly, optimistic, and enthusiastic all the time. She basically keeps Riley silly, happy, and fun. 

INSIDE OUT - Pictured (L-R): Joy, Sadness. ©2015 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

Along comes Sadness. She is the cutest little blue thing. She's not so good at looking on the bright side of things. Her favorite thing to do is mope around and cry. I know, she doesn't sound so fun, but boy did the audience love her! I think Phyllis Smith's voice was made for this part. haha. The sad and depressing sound of sweet little sadness seriously won the audience over. We laughed with her. We cried with her. We connected with her and THAT is what makes a good character.

"INSIDE OUT" (Pictured) FEAR. ©2014 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

One of my favorite characters was the purple, geeky creature named Fear. Fear is the worry wart. He keeps Riley from making terrible decisions and from getting hurt. Fear is so funny because when you think, “What's the worst that could happen?” Fear has an answer. haha.

"INSIDE OUT" (Pictured) DISGUST. ©2014 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

The diva of the group is Disgust. She's totally the preppy, valley-girl type. She's a stylish little green thing with the most beautiful lashes. She's the one that tells Riley, “Ew! Don't eat that!” and “Yuck! Don't touch that!” haha. Her and Anger don't get along too well.

INSIDE OUT – Pictured: Anger. ©2015 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

Anger is the one who tells Riley to respond in a negative manner. “No dessert!? WAHHHH!!” You can blame him for those responses inside of you. haha. He's a little “hot-headed” I would say (literally).

Disney•Pixar's "Inside Out" takes us to the most extraordinary location yet - inside the mind of Riley. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions - Anger (voiced by Lewis Black), Disgust (voiced by Mindy Kaling), Joy (voiced by Amy Poehler), Fear (voiced by Bill Hader) and Sadness (voiced by Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley's mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. Directed by Pete Docter and produced by Jonas Rivera, "Inside Out" is in theaters June 19, 2015.

I know you may think, “Well, what good are the other emotions? Isn't Joy the one that matters”. After watching Inside Out, you will realize that it takes these 5 necessary emotions to create a well-balanced human being. While all of the emotions in Riley's mind loved to let Joy take control, there were times when they pushed her aside and took the reigns. Oh and you cannot forget about Bing Bong! He's Riley's imaginary friend. He's an elephant, cat, dolphin, type creature. hehe. Everyone needs a Bing Bong! Out of all of the characters, Bing Bong and sadness were the audience's favorite. They made the audience laugh and cry more than any of the others. 

INSIDE OUT – Anger, Fear, Joy, Sadness and Disgust look out upon Riley's Islands of Personality. ©2015 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

The Visuals

The imagination and creativity in this movie is absolutely perfect. There are so many clever little pieces of the story that make you giggle because of how creative they are. Like the “Train of Thought”, for example, is an actual train. How clever is that? Everything from the colorful glass balls of memories to the (hilarious) dream boy that would “die” for Riley were thought out so perfectly. The visuals were so fun and creative. Every element of Inside Out was created for a reason. There isn't a part of the film that makes you think, “Um.. what was that for?” or “What does that mean?”

Inside Out Advanced Screening

My Inside Out Review

The type of emotional intelligence that is portrayed in this movie is genius. While this may be categorized as a child's film, it's one that adults and parents should watch too. The emotions in this movie are silly little characters, but the realness of these emotions in our children and ourselves undeniable. Inside Out gives you a good look inside of a child's head. It's a realization of how your words and actions truly affect your child's emotions and memories. Send bright, yellow, joyful memories into your child's core memory bank.


Inside Out isn't a movie that will be forgotten. It's a movie that will go down in Disney's history book as one of the greatest! It will be the movie of the year and the kids are going to go crazy over it. Hearing their laughter and discussions of the film at the screening that I attended was just the beginning of it. They will be talking about this for a very long time. Inside Out will have our children asking all the right questions that we forget to talk to them about. This is the beginning of something wonderful and it is a MUST – SEE! I give it two thumbs up!



Do you ever look at someone and wonder what is going on inside their head? DisneyPixar’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. 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.

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  1. Wendy R. says:

    Feeling all the emotions! Thanks

  2. I liked your review in that it showed and addressed each individual emotion so as to be sure that you covered everything. I thought that you did an awesome job doing your review.

  3. Scott says:

    I really wanna see this…

  4. Sarh S says:

    I’ve often wondered what is going on in my 9 year old daughter’s mind. Sounds like a great movie.

  5. Sara says:

    This movie looks cute

  6. Allyson Becker says:

    You did a great job on the review. Love your emotions instagram post. So cute!

  7. Lauryn R says:

    Great review! This looks like such a fun movie for the whole family! We are all excited to finally see it!

  8. Crystal Cox says:

    Great review and I also loved seeing all sorts of people at the theater ! Also I need more thumbs because this movie is so good 🙂

  9. charleypuppy says:

    Great review, loved the pictures of each emotion!

  10. June S. says:

    What a great sounding movie for the whole family to enjoy watching together. I know we would all enjoy it-

  11. Amber Ludwig says:

    I love how you broke down every character!! So perfect!! I loved this movie as well and think its an instant classic!

  12. This movie sound like it be a great family movie

  13. Danielle Shulenburg says:

    Awesome review, loved the whole thing! Cant wait to see this movie!

  14. Gaby says:

    I loved it too! I wasn’t really expecting to like Sadness but who can’t relate to her from time to time? It was an amazing movie, and I loved Bing Bong. Too cute!

  15. Neha Sultan says:

    I totally love Disgust character and i think color for each character blend beautifully. I am planning to watch this movie this week hearing such good reviews everywhere. Your emotion photos are super cute!

  16. I still have not seen this movie! I want to take my daughter so bad. I want to know what bing bong is!

  17. Oh haha! I seen that too. It’s totally true lol

  18. Yes, I definitely agree that we all have one emotional that is our “main” emotion. The movie actually shows that. Like, for Riley – Joy is the emotion that controls her. You will see which ones are the main one in the mom and dad too. BUT it takes all of these emotions to make a well-balanced human. We all experience each and every of these emotions.

  19. MommaKauk says:

    I cannot wait to see this movie. I saw something on twitter about how pixar does “when cars/bugs/etc have feelings” you get a new movie (Cars, Bugs life) and that this movie is when feelings have feelings. They’ve been talking non-stop about this movie on the radio too… plug our blog post.. I have to see it!!

  20. This looks like SUCH a cute movie. I can’t wait to go see it. I love your emotion photos

  21. I am totally in love with this movie, and I’ve only seen the previews. I love your review of this, and your photos of you showing the emotions cracks me up as well. Thanks for that!

  22. Sam Sly says:

    It sounds like such a fun movie. I love the images from the film, the characters seem so well drawn. The concept sounds interesting as well. The emotion photo is great!

  23. Swati says:

    Wow, I am going to watch the movie for sure. I simply love 3D movies and your post has really made me want to watch it! About the 5 emotions that create a well-balanced human being, I would say everyone has something that overpowers and that defines the person! What do you feel?

  24. Josey says:

    Hahaha I love the photos of you portraying all the moods! When I first saw the trailer to this movie a few months ago, I KNEW it’d be a tear jerker lol … I was all emotional just watching it. I’m so excited to take Zelda to see it! Between you and Tessa showing it all off … I’m obsessed!

  25. Great review! Love your emotion photos. My daughter and I loved this entertaining and creative movie, too.

  26. Tessa Smith says:

    Wow! What a great review of this film. You have made me so much more excited to be going to see it today with my kids and my mom. I can’t wait to see their reactions to it!

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