Inside Out 3D Blu-ray Review
All of Pixar’s best films manage to relate to audiences by having their fake characters portray real, human emotions. And although it sounds simple, portraying a deep emotion through an animated character is not an easy task. It seems Pixar is very much aware of the source of their success and so with INSIDE OUT, their characters are literally emotions. Sadness, Joy, Fear, Disgust and Anger are the five main characters of the film and while that may seem like Pixar is being a little too obvious with their attempts to connect with viewers, the result is a surprisingly powerful film that somehow manages to open people’s eyes to emotions they may not even realize they had.
Joy (Poehler), Fear (Hader), Sadness (Smith), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Anger (Lewis Black) are the five emotions living inside Riley (Kaitlyn Dias). We follow Riley as a young baby to age 11 via a montage as various emotions impact her decisions. But at age 11, her family has to move from their home in Minnesota to a new home in San Francisco. It’s this monumental event that completely shakes Riley’s world and while Joy was the prevailing emotion before the move, it’s the other emotions that start to come out after the move. The dynamic between the emotions is fascinating because although all of them acknowledge Joy should be the one in control, there’s various events throughout the film that force each of them to take over.
A good portion of the film focuses on Joy and Sadness as they’re stuck in a deep memory area of the brain. As the story progressed, it was clear that it was necessary to force Joy and Sadness into a situation where they had to work together, but much of this portion felt forced. It was saved when they ran into Bing Bong (Richard Kind), who was Riley’s imaginary friend. Bing Bong provided some humor, silliness and a tear-jerking scene, all in a very short amount of time.
But the best part of INSIDE OUT isn’t really what’s taking place on the surface, but what it exposes in the psyche of a little kid. My family moved around a lot when I was a kid and I felt like directors Pete Docter and Ronnie Del Carmen had somehow managed to break into my 10 year-old brain and visualize the emotional struggles I went through during each big move. I experienced a flood of emotions and thoughts I had never really come to terms with, proving once again that watching a Pixar movie is better than therapy. But even if you didn’t move around a lot as a kid, there’s an evolution of the emotions in INSIDE OUT that everyone experiences at some point in their life. I think we all know it happens, but it was a unique experience watching it transpire in animated characters.
INSIDE OUT is not Pixar’s best film as that honor still goes to WALL-E, but it’s another powerfully emotional film that will tug at your heartstrings and make you think about what you went through as a kid or what your own children are going through. That may be too much to place on a seemingly simple animated film, but that’s what happens when Pixar is on top of their game.
3D BLU-RAY REVIEW
INSIDE OUT is technically a beautiful, impressive 3D film, but it’s clear the filmmakers didn’t make the movie with the intention of utilizing the 3D format. But INSIDE OUT features so many incredible colors that the 3D depth is heightened with the contrasting backgrounds.
Video: This might be Pixar’s most colorful film and it looks absolutely beautiful on Blu-ray.
Audio: The audio is equally impressive.
Commentary with Pete Docter and Ronnie Del Carmen: This is a decent commentary for adults and the two talk about some of their inspirations and rationalizations for some of their decisions. It’s overall a decent commentary, but it’s not quite as insightful as I was hoping.
Paths to Pixar: The Women of Inside Out (11:20): The female cast and crew members show up to talk about the film and their personal connections to the characters.
Lava (7:10): A short film also available in 3D.
Riley’s First Date (4:39): Another short film.
Story of the Story (10:28): The cast and crew talk about the deeper themes in INSIDE OUT.
Mapping the Mind (8:22): This featurette focuses on how they created the mind of an 11 year-old girl.
Our Dads, the Filmmakers (7:26): The director’s daughters look at their father’s work on the film.
Into the Unknown: The Sound of Inside Out (7:07): This featurette focuses on the sounds used in the film.
The Misunderstood Art of Animation Film Editing (4:40): This looks at the editing of INSIDE OUT.
Mind Candy (14:25): This is simply a series of various character scenes, sort of like deleted scenes.
Deleted Scenes (15:56): We get a minute long introduction, followed by four deleted scenes, all of which are decent, but remember they’re not in finished form.