This morning my Kiddies and I set off to see Disney Pixar’s Inside Out. We were so excited because we have all been looking forward to this movie since watching the very first preview. Now I admit we are Disney fans overall but this movie seemed so unique in it’s approach to feelings and how we all deal with them. We couldn’t wait to see Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust and Anger of Inside Out show us how all feelings are needed and non should be labeled as good or bad.
From the very first voice-over to the moment we watched Riley have her first emotion I knew this movie was going to live up to all the hype. As I looked down the row at my children I saw that they were completely in awe. Then II heard them chatting and as I listen I realized they were talking about what their first memories were. Already, Inside Out was capturing my children’s attention and imaginations.
As the movie progressed, we got to know Riley and her feelings even more. Joy is a take charge kinda girl, she always wants Riley to make happy memories and does everything she can to make sure that happens, Sadness and Joy always seem to be at odds and rightly so – or you would think. Let’s just say Sadness had a lot to learn and to teach throughout the movie. Then comes Fear makes sure that Riley stays safe and steers clear of anything that could possible cause her harm. Disgust is quick to be sure that Riley knows what and who is disgusting and not worth her attention while Anger is no stranger to letting out his true feelings about a situation when provoked.
I was surprised by the emotions I felt and those felt by my children. As I sat next to my youngest (4 years old) I noticed he was hiding his face. I asked him what was wrong and he said that although Anger and Sadness were his favorite emotions he didn’t like how sad Sadness was. I then watched as his entire mood changed when Joy came in and worked her magic.
Now I am not going to give any spoilers because I want you to go see this movie for yourself. What I will tell you is that we walked out of the theater feeling like we got to know our own Joy, Sadness, Anger, Disgust and Fear a bit better. My Kiddies are still talking about Inside Out and I have even noticed in the short time since watching they have begun to express their feelings by referring to Joy, Sadness, Disgust, Anger and Fear as they were in the movie. They are using the characters and how they were portrayed to help explain how situations are making them feel and as a parent I am in absolute awe.
Thank you Disney Pixar for making a movie that not only entertains but enlightens and encourages children as well as adults to realize that ALL their feelings are needed and belong no matter what.
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