Let’s face it, sorting through emotions is tough work – even for (or especially for) grown-ups. So, what’s a kid to do? When faced with moving across the country for a parent’s job relocation, how does one little girl process all of the accompanying thoughts, feelings, and emotions that accompany such a challenge? If you ever faced change as a child, or if you know a child who is facing the changes and challenges of adjusting to life on the fly, this movie is absolutely for you. Check out the trailer if you haven’t seen it already:
I have read lots of reviews about how great the dialogue and animation are – both things you would expect from a Disney Pixar project, right? We are spoiled with awesome animation and characters from the folks at Disney and Pixar. What I want to tell you is that there really is some good content to this package. The ability of kids to be able to name their emotions and have an understanding of how they all work together is such a powerful tool for them to use as the grapple with and conquer change. Understanding that there is a productive and appropriate place to exhibit each emotion empowers kids to gain control over their life experiences and sets them up to make the most out of the challenges that they are sure to face throughout growing up.
Inside Out features Joy, Anger, Worry, and Sadness as its main emotions. There are more twists and turns in the story than on a Disney rollercoaster but at the heart of everything is the experience of the child. Understanding how her emotions are each valuable in their own context and time enables her to move from a sense of frustration and helplessness into a state of understanding and emerging mastery of her self. One thing I especially liked was that the girl was in charge of her emotions, and her parents were there to lend support. So many times we see children’s movies with a lack of parental involvement, but mom and dad are right there alongside her as she meets the challenges of the move and eventually comes to understand the situation with an increased level of maturity and acceptance.
We wholeheartedly endorse this selection. For the animation and the storytelling it’s awesome, and for the content it’s incredible. It is a movie that has the power to inform as well as entertain. In fact, I would guess that most adult will get just as much out of it as the kids will. Our kids absolutely loved it, and it really touched me with it’s deeper meaning! Plus, with the DVD/Blu-ray you will have the opportunity to see some great content in the Bonus Features section. Don’t skip it! I especially love the “Lava” short film – if you haven’t seen it – you may want to start there!
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