Top 100 Films Of The 2010’s – #54 – Inside Out (2015)


RELEASED: 24th July 2015

DIRECTOR: Pete Docter and Ronaldo Del Carmen (co-director)

CAST: Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling, Richard Kind, Kaitlyn Dias, Diane Lane and Kyle MacLachlan

BUDGET: $175m


AWARDS: 1 Academy Award (Best Animated Film), 1 Golden Globe (Best Animated Film) and 1 BAFTA (Best Animated Film)

After young Riley is uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San Francisco, her emotions – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness – conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house, and school.


Inside Out has us follow a young girl named Riley, who is uprooted from her life in  Minnesota as the family relocates to San Francisco. The emotions inside Riley’s mind – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness – struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, causing turmoil at Headquarters. An accident involving Riley’s happy memories changes her entire outlook, meaning Joy and Sadness must find her memories and return them to Headquarters before its too late.


Pixar have been known for pushing the envelope in terms of matching imagination with animation over the last few decades. From what would your toys get up to without you looking and where do the monsters under your bed really come from, Inside Out takes us literally into the mindset of ourselves, primarily through eleven-year-old Riley, who struggling to cope with her emotions as well as adjusting to life in San Francisco after relocating from Minnesota. The emotions in question are Joy, who keeps the other emotions such as Sadness, Fear, Anger and Disgust in check…until the sudden relocation however leads to Sadness gaining more influence on Riley compared to the rest of her emotions. It also looks at character traits which are represented as personality islands, almost designed like theme park rides, such as friendship and family. As wonderful as the animated is, the screenplay from Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve and Josh Cooley is also terrific, as this film turns into a odd-couple road trip as Joy and Sadness make their way through Riley’s long-term memory storage in an attempt to bring her core memories back to headquarters. The animation if bursting with colour, focusing on memory and nostalgia (Triple-Dent gum!) and sequences involving Abstract Thought and Dream Production are so well detailed and executed. The animation is perfectly complimented by the voice acting here and Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling and Bill Hader are great as Riley’s emotions. Most of all, the film’s message is great in showing audiences how and why it is okay to be sad, and how this is complimented by Michael Giacchino’s score.


FAVOURITE SCENE: I know some people would probably chose Bing Bong’s fade away as their favourite, but for me it’s the moment Riley confesses to her parents about missing her old life in Minnesota that is my favourite.

FAVOURITE QUOTE: “It’s long term memory… you’ll get lost in there.


C’mon! Think positive!


Okay….I’m positive that you’ll get lost in there!” – Sadness and Joy

DID YOU KNOW: In Riley’s classroom (No. A113), a map at the back of the room has pins plotted at different places all over the world. They are references to where all the Pixar movies are set.

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