3 Lessons Disney Pixar Inside Out Teaches Us

Disney Pixar Inside Out will make you laugh, it will make you cry and it will make you want to hug your babies. And for the kids — it’s just a whole lotta laughs! If you are wondering if you should take the family to see Inside Out, the answer from my whole family is YES!

Inside Out Movie Poster
Inside Out is clever, original and completely wonderful. 

My girls have been talking about seeing Inside Out for weeks, so they were thrilled when we were lucky enough to attend a special screening of Inside Out this week. I knew very little about the movie, other than the general premise, and I have to tell you, this movie surprised me. There were so many small details for adults to enjoy that I feel like I need to see it again to catch it all. 

And my girls, well, they want every piece of Inside Out merchandise they can get their hands on. 

About Disney Pixar Inside Out

Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it’s no exception for 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 Headquarters, the 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 in Headquarters. 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.

With all of these feelings running around on the screen, it is no wonder that this is an emotional movie. In between the laughter and the tears, Inside Out teaches us three important lessons. 

Inside Out Core Memories
Family is Your Strength – When Riley’s family moves across country she experiences a rollercoaster of emotions as she tries to adjust to her new life. The more she bottles up her emotions, the worse everything feels. When she finally lets her parents see the emotions she is feeling, she finds comfort in her family. 

Find the Joy in Everything – One of the best things about Joy is her ability to find the joy in everything. Whenever things start to fall apart, the other emotions look to Joy to find the bright side. As the most cheerful of the emotions she has the unique ability to see the positive in every situation.

All of the Feelings Are Important – Although Joy does her best to maintain control of Riley’s emotions most of the time, her journey teaches her the value of all of the emotions. Although everyone wants Riley to be happy, sometimes it takes Sadness or even Anger to help bring out the joy in a situation. 

See Disney Pixar Inside Out in theaters June 19 and get ready to feel all of the emotions. 


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