The Best Films of 2015
Pixar's fifteenth animated feature about the inner workings of a young child's emotions.
Pixar Animation's cleverly conceived movie is all about the inside workings of our brains, specifically the brain of a girl named Riley. We meet her as soon as she is born, at the same time the emotions who live inside her head do. Those are Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger and Disgust, characters charmingly voiced respectively by Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Bill Hader, Lewis Black and Mindy Kaling. As "Inside Out" moves between the inner workings of Riley's mind and the outer life she experiences as she grows up, Joy is the main emotion that gets to control how she feels in her almost-always happy life. But when she is 12, her family moves to a new town and things begin to go awry. Her life turns into an emotional rollercoaster ride, one that explores just how the psyche works. And one that's all the more impressive considering that the characters we are watching are all animated, yet we feel that they are as real as any human. Such is Pixar's forte and it does not disappoint with "Inside Out," its fifteenth animated feature.