ByKylie Carlson, writer at
Kylie Carlson

It's a Pixar movie, of course there are seven year olds dying to see it! Pixar's Inside Out came to us in the summer of 2015 and has received nothing but positive reviews. However, many parents are struggling to find the words to explain the emotion-packed animation to their little ones.

The movie is about an 11 year old, hockey-obsessed, happy-go-lucky little girl, and the "emotional" figures inside her head. Get it? Emotional? They represent her emotions... No? Okay..

Well, anyway, life for Riley (Kaitlyn Dias) and her emotions couldn't be better. At least until her parents decide to pick up and move Minnesota to San Francisco. As if that wasn't hard enough on Riley, two of her emotions, Joy (Amy Poehler) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith), get swept off into obscure places in Riley's mind, far away from the headquarters they control. Riley is then only left with Anger (Lewis Black), Fear (Bill Hader), and Disgust (Mindy Kaling) to guide her until Joy and Sadness return.

To give away as few spoilers as possible, the movie was fantastic for older viewing audiences. The movie did a perfect job explaining not only the transition that Riley went through, but the changes any pre-teen will have- and they did it in such a creative and highly original way. Riley's personality was made up of landscapes that reminded you of theme parks. There was Goofball Island, a place that enabled Riley to be silly and funny, Hockey Island, which housed Riley's love of the sport, and many other places to make up her personality - such as Family, Friendship and Honesty Island. Riley also has core memories held at headquarters that aid in making her who she is.

With all that being said, this movie shows us a fascinating break down of exactly what is going through Riley's head every step of the way and, trust me people, it is an emotional, tear-jerking roller coaster from start to finish. And let's just say some of the decisions Fear, Anger, and Disgust come up with aren't for younger viewing audiences. Pre-teens and teens however should go watch this movie! Right now! Go! Take tissues! I believe it is a must see for the older viewing audience, and lets be real, Sadness totally gets us.


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