Disney and Pixar’s “Inside Out” comes to your home in a Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD Combo Pack that will no doubt get a lot of use. My wife and kids have already watched it several times and shared it with their nieces and nephews. I sat down with the family to see it and ended up trying to figure out which emotion each of our personas resembled.
In “Inside Out,” Riley (Kaitlyn Dias) is a happy, hockey-loving 11-year-old Midwestern girl. Her world turns upside-down when she and her parents move to San Francisco. Riley’s emotions — led by Joy (Amy Poehler) — try to guide her through this difficult, life-changing event. However, the stress of the move brings Sadness (Phyllis Smith) to the forefront. When Joy and Sadness are inadvertently swept into the far reaches of Riley’s mind, the only emotions left in Headquarters are Anger (Lewis Black), Fear (Bill Hader) and Disgust (Mindy Kaling).
It’s so remarkable how “Inside Out’s” filmmakers climb inside each of the human character’s heads and visualize what we think and how we react to each other. For the most part, they completely get it right. Just replace the sports with movies and comic books for me.
“Inside Out” is rated PG for mild thematic elements and some action. Of course we get a few spots of adult humor for parents that will no doubt go over your child’s head. The main thing to be forewarned of is many scenes that might be a little too emotionally heavy for younger viewers (or older ones at that).
The Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD Combo Pack for “Inside Out” comes with some exciting bonus material. An all-new short entitled “Riley’s First Date?” is found. The “Lava” short film is included, too. Several different featurettes delve into the making of the movie, such as “Story of the Story,” “Paths to Pixar: The Women of ‘Inside Out,’” “Into the Unknown: The Sound of ‘Inside Out,’” and more.
“Inside Out” is an emotional rollercoaster of fun. It will no doubt be educational in helping children and even adults understand the complex feelings we move through on a daily basis. The animators have stepped outside of their comfort zone by giving each character a textured look instead of resting on their laurels and being content with giving them that same smooth surface we’ve seen in “Toy Story,” “The Incredibles,” and so many other Pixar films in the past. Here is a movie the whole family can enjoy and relate to.
“Inside Out” is available now on 3D Blu-ray, Standard Blu-ray, DVD, and as a Digital Download.