Ever since John Lassiter re-added Disney to his resume, Pixar's gone downhill in my book, plus, a touching movie about the intricate workings inside a little girl's head just didn't sound all that exciting, so, yes, I really wasn't interested in seeing Inside Out.
Okay, yeah, it's sitting at 98 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, and yes, it's got a good cast of successful comedians, but a movie about a little girl's emotions?
Inside Out is AMAZING! It's funny. It's emotional. It has so many, many insights into human emotion. Oh, and it's probably the most creative cartoon I have ever seen.
And here's the big confession: I LIKED IT BETTER THAN WRECK-IT RALPH. coming from an old-school arcade addict like me, that's a strong endorsement
It's all pretty swell and then things go wrong.
The voice acting in this movie is sensational. Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation) is the voice of Joy. Phyllis Smith (The Office) is Sadness. Mindy Kaling (also from The Office) is Disgust. SNL stud Bill Hader is Fear. Lewis Black (whom I really don't know) is Anger. All of these actors played their parts perfectly.
But I want to mention one more voice actor, Richard Kind, possibly the most overlooked man in all of Hollywood by design. Richard Kind is a character actor who plays the ready-made victim, the BETA male, the guy no one ever notices. Fortunately, movie and TV producers have been noticing Kind for years and he's popped up in everything from the recurring role of Harvey Corman in Scrubs to Clark in the Alaska Airlines radio ads, to Max Klein in Argo... and he's always perfect. In Inside Out he plays a strange character named "Bing Bong," and he's perfect.
Anyway, I give Inside Out an A+. It is my pick for the best movie of the summer so far. I will be shocked if any other movie comes close this summer or this year. It's a lock for best animated movie in the Oscars, and I hope it gets nominated for "Best Picture" as well.
Pictures of actors all taken from IMDB.
Picture of Bing Bong taken from Big Shiny Robot.
Picture of Disgust, Fear, Joy, Sadness, Anger taken from Neogaf
Picture of Riley and family taken from Fox3Now
Picture of Inside Out poster taken from IMDB