Inside Out is a 2015 computer-animated comedy drama film directed by Pete Docter, produced by Pixar, and released by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It is set in the mind of a young girl named Riley (voiced by Kaitlyn Dias), where five emotions – Joy (voiced by Amy Poehler from Free Birds), Sadness (voiced by Phyllis Smith from Bad Teacher), Fear (voiced by Bill Hader from Monsters University), Anger (voiced by Lewis Black from The Happy Elf and Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated), and Disgust (voiced by Mindy Kaling from Wreck-It Ralph) – attempt to lead her through life as she and her parents (voiced by Diane Lane from Secretariat and Kyle MacLachlan from Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) adapt to their new positions after moving to San Francisco from Minnesota.
- Amy Poehler as Joy, Riley’s most prominent emotion who seems happy all the time and full of energy, and the main protagonist.
- Phyllis Smith as Sadness, the voice of reason of the emotions, who appears depressive most of the time, and the deuteragonist.
- Richard Kind as Bing Bong, Riley’s imaginary friend, who was an elephant hybrid.
- Bill Hader as Fear, the emotion who is prone to overreacting and is usually the voice of caution.
- Lewis Black as Anger, a firebrick-shaped emotion who makes Riley feel angry whenever she needs to.
- Kaitlyn Dias as Riley Andersen, a young girl who likes hockey, but then gets uprooted from her happy life in Minnesota and taken to San Francisco, where she experiences many changes in her life.
- Lola Cooley as Younger Riley
- Mary Gibbs provides Younger Riley’s screams and cries, which are technically recorded from Monsters, Inc..
- Diane Lane as Jill Andersen, Riley’s mom.
- Kyle McLachlan as Bill Andersen, Riley’s dad.
- Paris Van Dyke as Meg, Riley’s best friend.
- Paula Pondstone as Forgetter Paula
- Bobby Moynihan as Forgetter Bobby
- Paula Pell as Dream Director/Jill’s Anger/Teacher’s Disgust/Teacher’s Sadness
- Dave Goelz as Subconscious Guard Frank
- Frank Oz as Subconscious Guard Dave
- Josh Cooley as Jangles the Clown
- Flea as Mind Cop Worker Jake
- John Ratzenberger as Fritz
- Pete Docter as Bill‘s Anger
- Carlos Alazraqui as Bill’s Fear/Brazilian Helicopter Pilot
- Nick Pitera and Andrea Datzman as TripleDent Gum Singers
- Lori Alan as Jill’s Sadness
- Peter Sagal as Jangles’ Joy
- Rashida Jones as Cool Girl’s Emotions
The movie was critically-acclaimed. It received a 98% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and a rating of 94 out of 100 on Metacritic, which means “universal acclaim”. It was praised for its concept, screenplay, subject matter, Michael Giacchino's score, and the voice acting (particularly from Poehler, Smith, Black, and Richard Kind).
Why I (Absolutely) Love It
- Beautiful animation.
- Amazing voice acting.
- The story is very interesting.
- Great soundtrack by Michael Giacchino.