The Pixar List #1: Inside Out

The Stake

We’re ranking the films of Pixar Studios, leading up to the release of Inside Out.

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Inside Out
Directed: Pete Docter, Ronaldo Del Carmen
Writers: Pete Docter, Meg LaFauve, et al.

The success of Pixar has always depended on their refusal to pander to emotional depth of children. The longing of Woody to return to his friends in Toy Story, the fear that grips Nemo’s father in Finding Nemo, the loss Carl Fredricksen feels for his dead wife in Up, all of these stories are capable of reaching children and adults emotionally, though not in the exact same ways. Being adult means something different than being a child. We all grow up; our emotional complexity increases with age and experience. Children may lack that complexity of emotion, but they feel their emotions with equal, or even more, intensity.

Now, Pixar has made this intensity, and the…

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