Animation Station: Inside Out

TV Editor Jacob Clarke talks of Pixar's most relatable film Inside Out for this weeks animation station

Jacob Clarke
8th February 2019
Image: BagoGames, Flickr

Pixar very rarely fails to deliver on its promise of animated brilliance. From critically acclaimed franchises such as Toy Story to Monster’s Inc, every film Pixar creates is an instant classic in some way or another. Even the odd lower quality production is leagues above many other animation companies. However, one film that is often ignored, but is by far Pixar’s most relatable and emotionally precise film is of course Inside Out.

Inside Out shows the emotion involved in everyday life and decisions in an incredibly creative and responsible way.

Inside Out follows the story of a young girl called Riley and how she deals with issues such as moving away from home, starting a new school and making new friends. However, this is all presented through personifications of her emotions. Her emotions are portrayed as characters that manage her life and feelings though a control station in her mind. These emotions include Joy, Sadness, Anger, Disgust and Fear. It is obvious at the beginning of the film that Joy is in charge of the other emotions, with happiness being the main goal that they are striving for in Riley. Which means somehow everything that happens in her life has to be reacted to through happiness. it soon becomes obvious to Joy that this will be quite difficult, especially when it comes to events such as moving to a barely furnished house, losing her friends or crying on the first day of school. What inside out tries to teach us here is that, whilst happiness is the main goal of childhood, it is not healthy to attempt to be happy in every moment of your life, as you grow, things will happen where sadness is the only option. Once the character of Sadness is finally giving equal control of Riley as the other emotions, Riley can cry and feel sadness where appropriate, leading to incredibly emotional moments that would otherwise not appear in a children’s animation.

Inside out, whilst include all the comedic aspects you expect for a children’s film, relates to adults on much larger level due to the relatability it offers in the emotional turmoil that is growing up and realising not everything is joyful, and how its okay that we accept that and be sad some of the time. Ultimately, Inside Out shows the emotion involved in everyday life and decisions in an incredibly creative and responsible way. This is an often-missed gem of a film from Pixar, but in my opinion, it is by far the best and most hard hitting. A definite recommendation for viewers of all ages.

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