Lava ~ a Disney-Pixar Short Film
Before Inside Out begins, the audience has the pleasure of viewing Lava – a mini-musical about a volcano looking for love. It’s cute, clever and received an applause in our theater! Here’s a sneak-peak:
Disney-Pixar’s Inside Out: Our Review
Fun for all ages, Disney’s Inside Out is a crowd pleaser! With two stories wrapped up in one, it will hold your attention to the very end – even through the credits!
Riley’s life is in for a big change and adjustment when her family moves to California from Minnesota. Riley’s emotions: Fear, Anger, Disgust, Sadness and Joy are there to help Riley get through settling into a new life. Riley (voiced by Kaitlyn Dias) becomes uncertain of her new surroundings when Joy and Sadness (Amy Poehler and Phyllis Smith) leave and Riley must rely on Anger, Disgust and Fear (voiced by Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling and Bill Hader) to get her through, which makes for awkward yet humorous moments. While Joy and Sadness are finding their way back to Riley, they reunite with Riley’s imaginary friend, Bing Bong (voiced by Richard Kind.) Bing Bong will likely be loved by all, especially for his heroic, selfless and sacrificial move (tear jerker moment!)
What we learn is that sometimes you cannot experience joy without having first gone through a little sadness. Emotions work together and play off each other. It’s okay to be angry, disgusted, fearful or sad… as long as you continue to find the joy in all that you do!
The Child Factor
In my opinion, Inside Out is acceptable for all ages – even toddlers. They do depict a couple of nightmare scenes occurring in Riley’s head – to the adult, they’re hilarious; to a small child, the dreams may be concerning or confusing, but won’t leave a lasting effect. No foul language, no violence and nothing gruesome is shown – although the phrase “shut up” is used.
Recommended – YES!
We recommend Inside Out to everyone! Keep an eye on which emotions are ‘in control’ of each character – you’ll find that interesting! And be sure to stay for at least the first half of the credits… you’ll see inside the heads of other characters within the film, which offer several laugh-out-loud moments – especially the cat!
Disclaimer: I was given complimentary passes to view Inside Out in advance in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed here are my own. No other compensation was received.