Very often, I can hear my own thoughts. Everyone can! Which is why Inside Out is a film that is not just entertaining but also absolutely relatable. The story takes place inside the mind of a young girl named Riley. In her head, lives five characters that represent her emotions: Joy, Anger, Sadness, Disgust, and Fear.

The story is of a cute little girl named Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in a control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues. Although Joy, Riley’s main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.

Seeing how these five characters interact with each other, how each one rationalizes what’s going on in Riley’s world and then reacts to it… is hilarious and yet, completely relatable.

Inside Out opens at GV cinemas on 27 August. Photo credit: www.GV.com.sg

Inside Out opens at GV cinemas on 27 August.
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Let’s see who these five characters are.

Joy is like a burst of energy. Photo credit: pixar.wikia.com

Joy is like a burst of energy.
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Out of all the five emotions, Joy is the main one in this film. She is played by the comical Amy Poehler. Joy’s goal has always been to make sure Riley stays happy. She takes on the role of leader and tries to control the other emotions. She is lighthearted, optimistic and determined to find the fun in every situation. Joy sees the positive in every situation Riley faces.

Despite her pessimistic disposition and being negative all the time, Sadness is very considerate and compassionate. Photo credit: pixar.wikia.com

Despite her pessimistic disposition and being negative all the time, Sadness is very considerate and compassionate.
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Played by Phyllis Smith, Sadness is the voice of reason: when Joy has an idea, she’ll try and drag her down. This may not always be a bad thing as we all (Riley included) need this balance between joy and sadness. Sadness is intelligent and more thoughtful. She has deep empathy and compassion for others and their troubles, and has a good instinct of what Riley needs when her life begins to change.

When Anger gets infuriated enough, flames come out of his head.   Photo credit: pixar.wikia.com

When Anger gets infuriated enough, flames come out of his head.
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Riley needs Anger as he cares very deeply about things being fair. Played by Lewis Black, Anger has a fiery spirit and tends to explode when things don’t go as planned. He is quick to overreact and has little patience for life’s imperfections. As Riley matures, the other emotions learn to manage Anger better.

Disgust is often portrayed as having a superficial teen attitude. Photo credit: pixar.wikia.com

Disgust is often portrayed as having a superficial teen attitude.
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Played by Mindy Kailing, Disgust is highly opinionated, extremely honest. She keeps a careful eye on the people, places and things that Riley comes into contact with; whether that’s broccoli or last year’s fashion trend. Disgust always has the best of intentions and refuses to lower her standards.

Fear is always on 'dream duty' as Riley sleeps.  Photo credit: pixar.wikia.com

Fear is always on ‘dream duty’ as Riley sleeps.
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Fear is really good at keeping Riley safe. He is constantly on the lookout for potential disasters, and spends time evaluating the possible dangers, pitfalls and risk involved in Riley’s everyday activities. He is voiced by Bill Hader.

Riley throws a tantrum as she is disgusted and angry over being fed broccoli. Photo credit: Pinterest.com

Riley throws a tantrum as she is disgusted and angry over being fed broccoli.
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Inside Out is a film which both adults and kids will enjoy. Even as adults, we all have those dialogues in our heads, whether we identify them or not. The interaction of these characters inside our heads are integral to our relationships with other people and our experience of the world around us. I love how in this film, we can see Riley’s progression from a newborn to a preteen and how her emotions carried her.

This also happens to be a Pixar movie with no villain. No Mor’du from Brave, no Emperor Zurg from Toy Story, no Syndrome from The Incredibles . If other kids’ movies teaches kids how to be brave when they see witches and giants, Inside Out teaches them how to be brave when there’s no witch and no giant, but life can feel scary anyway.

Inside Out opens in cinemas on August 27!

Catch the trailer here:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=seMwpP0yeu4]

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