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Pixar's latest animated feature
Pixar Animation Studios have charmed us with animated features such as Toy Story, Monsters Inc and Brave, to name just a few. However their latest feature film is set in an entirely different setting - inside the mind.
Have you ever wondered what is going on inside someone's head? Pete Doctor, the director of this film, has, and in an attempt to show what may be happening in there, he brings emotions to life as characters in the animated feature, Inside Out.
It is the story of 11 year old Riley and five of her emotions - Joy, Anger, Disgust, Fear and Sadness - who try to guide her as she struggles with moving to a new city with her parents.
Joy (voiced by Amy Poehler) is an optimist whose mission is to keep Riley happy. Fear (voice of Bill Hader) is in charge of safety while Anger (voice of Lewis Black) makes sure that all is fair in Riley's world. Disgust (voice of Mindy Kaling) sees her job as preventing Riley from being poisoned by dangerous substances such as broccoli. And lastly Sadness (voice of Phyllis Smith) doesn't really know what her role is.
Riley's emotions live in "Headquarters", set us as a control centre inside Riley's mind. However when Joy and Sadness are inadvertently swept in to the far reaches of Riley's mind, problems arise when the other emotions are left in charge. Joy and Sadness must try to make their way back to headquarters through unfamiliar places such as Long Term Memory, Imagination Land, Abstract Thought and Dream Productions. If they don't make it back to headquarters Riley will be stuck with only Fear, Disgust and Anger guiding her.
While there looks to be lots of funny and light hearted moments, the film also deals with serious issues such as coping with change, conflicting emotions and growing up. While the target audience is children from ages 3 - 14, I would expect the concept and storyline may be challenging for younger children.