Sunday, January 17, 2016

grandma's movie review - Inside Out

Last year Disney released an animated movie which I was somewhat skeptical about, but after watching it, I am a fan. Today, I'm happy to share with you my thoughts about, Inside Out!

The storyline of this movie is actually difficult to explain, but the main characters are the emotions of a young girl named Riley. The emotions - Joy, Sadness, Disgust, Fear and Anger have a lot to learn about what it means to be balanced and how Sadness is an important part of the way Riley feels. In the end, Riley (and Joy and Sadness) all learn the best way to respond when feeling sad is to turn to those around you.

I like Inside Out and especially appreciate how it helps young children better understand some basic emotions and how they work. For example, after watching this movie with my grandsons, Caleb (four years old) was angry about something he wanted which his younger brother also wanted. I asked him if he had "fire shooting out the top of his head". (In the movie, the emotion Anger showed when he was really angry by the fire shooting out the top of his head.) Caleb was able to stop and think about how he was angry and we were able to talk it out. It was helpful for him in identifying how he felt.

I recommend watching Inside Out with your grandchildren and then be sure to talk with them about how they feel about the things which are happening in their lives. Help them identify their emotions and then be sure to affirm how when they feel sad, or angry or afraid, they can talk with you and you will pray with them, because God cares the most about how they feel.

As I worked on this post, I found a site which shared some fun trivia and  from the movie, Inside Out - which I thought I'd share with you today.
  • In Riley's classroom (No. A113), a map at the back of the room has pins plotted at different places all over the world. They are references to where all the Pixar movies are set.
  • When Joy and Sadness are passing through Imagination Land, a board game called "Find Me" with a cartoon Finding Nemo (2003) on it can be seen.
  • The cards used that create the house of cards are actually portraits of Riley's mom and dad. They each represent the king and queen respectively. Riley is represented as the Jack but with an "R" instead of a "J".
  • The Pizza Planet truck can be seen in one of Riley's memories. In trying to run away from Joy for the first time, Bing Bong knocks a few memories off the shelves. These memories roll by in the foreground. One of them, a yellow one, clearly shows the Pizza Planet truck.
  • In the middle of the control console, the top three buttons form Mickey Mouse, otherwise known as a hidden Mickey.
  • When the Andersens leave Minnesota and are driving through the country, the birds from the Pixar short For the Birds (2000) can briefly be seen on a power line. Blink and you'll miss it.
  • Cars from Cars 2 (2011) can be seen throughout the film.
I enjoyed Inside Out and so did my grandsons. While the movie itself was enjoyable, the thing I liked the most was how it provided opportunities to talk about important things, like how it is okay to feel sad. Like how when we feel sad, we need to talk with someone we trust, like a grandparent or parent. Like how when we feel sad, we need to talk with God and we can know for sure, He will hear, listen and answer our prayers. And, while it is not possible for someone to be happy all the time, real joy is a gift from God and is available to us when we are happy and when we are sad. 

Did you watch Inside Out? What did you think about it?

1 comment:

  1. We saw the movie and we loved it. Dealing with growing up and the memories we keep or let go of. Making new memories as we go. Handling life's journey...it was a very good movie.

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