Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Inside Out

Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Inside Out

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Directed by Pete Docter (Walt Disney/Pixar, 2015)


The premise of Pixar's latest film Inside Out is fascinating: Eleven-year-old Riley moves from ice hockey-loving Minnesota to broccoli pizza-loving San Francisco. Enter Joy, Sadness, Anger, Disgust, and Fear, the personification of emotions who run Headquarters in Riley's head.

For most of Riley's life, sweet and resilient Joy has handled the control center. The move across the country, however, leaves Riley numb, except for sporadic outbursts by Anger, Disgust, and Fear.

The parallel story between Riley's inner and outer life is the stuff of great conversation. Inside Out gives viewers an elaborately detailed map that illustrates the motivations and concerns of a girl going through a painful time. Filling out the landscape of Riley's mind are her Islands of Personality and a forgotten imaginary friend named Bing Bong, who roams the recesses of Riley's long-term memory. …

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