The idea that there are little voices in our heads controlling how we feel is not a new thing, but I feel like Pixar made it very cute, whimsical, and understandable for small children.
The voice cast is perfect! Joy, voiced by Amy Poehler, is very bubbly and sweet and likeable, Anger is voiced by Lewis Black and you can’t get any more perfect than that. Mindy Kaling is Disgust, Bill Hader is Fear, and Phyllis Smith is Sadness. All these folks make up Riley, the little girl whose emotions they control. When Riley’s parents pack up her life and move her to another state, Riley’s emotions are all over the place and an accident in HQ puts Joy and Sadness in quite a predicament. Don’t worry, no spoilers here.
For me, the overall feel of the movie is fun for kids, but Pixar really knows how to take their material and punch the adults right in the feels. I found myself genuinely tearing up in some parts of the movie and outright crying at the end. While this one has some funny parts for both kids and adults, it’s not exactly a side-splitter, but that’s ok. It’s sweet and genuine, and that totally makes up for any slapstick that might be lacking.
I highly recommend you and your kids go and see “Inside Out”. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.