Monday, November 9, 2015

Blu-ray Review: Inside Out


Inside Out
Director: Pete Docter
Voice Cast: Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling, Richard Kind, Kaitlyn Dias, Diane Lane and Kyle MacLachlan
Studio: Walt Disney Home Entertainment
Release Date: November 3, 2015
Retail: $39.99
Running Time: 94 minutes
Rating: PG
Buy Link: Amazon


Now available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD is this year's hit Pixar computer-animated film, Inside Out! Directed by Peter Docter, the film features the voice talents of Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling, Richard Kind, Kaitlyn Dias, Diane Lane and Kyle MacLachlan. Bonus Extras includes: Story of the Story - Join Pete Docter & the story crew as they walk through the process of finding this story; Paths to Pixar: The Women of Inside Out; Mixed Emotions - Follow the filmmakers as they personify the emotions; Mapping the Mind - Explore the fascinating workings of our minds; Out Dads, the Filmmakers; Into the Unknown; The Sound of Inside Out; The Misunderstood Art of Animation Film Editing; All-New Short: Riley's First Date; and Lava Short Film.

When it comes to computer-animation, there's no company better than Pixar, whom has given us many classics, such as Toy Story & Finding Nemo. Their newest classic, Inside Out, took in nearly $900 million at the box-office over the summer.

The film centers on the emotions - Joy (voiced by Ay Poehler) Sadness (voiced by Phyllis Smith), Fear (voiced by Bill Hader), Anger (voiced by Lewis Black) and Disgust (voiced by Mindy Kaling) - of a young girl named Riley Andersen (voiced by Kaitlyn Dais). Riley grew up in a loving home in Minnesota, where her favorite passion is playing hockey, but that all changes when her parents, Bill (voiced by Kyle MacLachlan) and Jill (voiced by Diane Lane), force her to move San Francisco. While moving to a new house can be exciting, it isn't for Riley as the moving truck gets lost with all their stuff somewhere in Texas.

During this time, Sadness starts forming a bad habit of touching the happy memories, which turns them into sad memories. This causes Riley's first day of school to be a complete disaster when she cries in front of her whole class; resulting in a sad core memory being created. Joy attempts to stop the memory from being sent to the central hub, but ends up dumping the other core memories, which causes a chain reaction that starts to shutdown the personality islands.

Joy and Sadness must enter into the labyrinthine storage area of Riley's mind to retrieve the core memories before all of the girl's emotions shutdown forever.

Inside Out is the riskiest and most original film that Pixar has ever created. I recall seeing dozens of advertisements for the movie during the summer and the film just didn't intrigue me as much as other Pixar films have. Due to the fact that this is a Pixar film, I went ahead and reviewed the Blu-ray over the weekend. My original assumption was that the film was a comedy, but while there is some humor, it's more closer to a drama. The animation is well done and the world inside Riley's mind is bright and colorful, which will easily grab the attention of younger viewers. While the plot is somewhat simple, there are plenty of interesting characters (Riley's emotions) that keeps the movie moving along smoothly. Overall, Inside Out is a cute and entertaining computer-animated movie that makes up for a few of Pixar's lackluster outings (Cars 2 comes to mind).

*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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