Inside Out

DrMathochist

Pixar movies have always had a nice, broad spectrum of content for both kids and the adults who accompany them to the theater. The balance alters a bit here and there; Cars 2 has little for the adults beyond a few gags, while Queen Elinor’s arc in Brave adds a subtle counterpoint younger viewers are likely to miss. But with Inside Out we’re all the way into Rango territory: this is an animated film for adults, structured around a fun and brightly-colored adventure any child can enjoy.

Built around the psychological theories of Dr. Paul Ekman — most famous for popularizing the idea of micro-expressions in The Human Face and Lie to Me — and his post-doctoral student Dr. Dacher Keltner, Inside Out tells the story of a difficult point in an eleven-year-old girl’s life through the lens of her five core emotions: Joy (Amy Pohler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Anger…

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