Movie: Inside/Out

I wouldn’t call myself a big fan of Pixar or Disney, but anyone who knows me can tell you that The Little Mermaid still gives me chills and brings me to tears (and makes me freak the hell out like I’m seeing it for the first time every time!!), and so far, EVERY SINGLE Pixar/Disney movie mashup that I have ever seen has brought me to hot, hot tears. Inside/Out is no exception.

I cried in Toy Story. I cried like a baby in Big Hero 6, and now it’s one of my favorite movies. And while on the topic of animated movies I cry in, Illumination pictures by our friends at Universal Studios, they also make me cry. I cry in Despicable Me every time I watch it. I cry in the sequel. I teared up in Minions! and it wasn’t even that great. It’s good and horribly cute, but not like, Despicable Me good, you know.

Anyway, now, I can add Inside/Out to the list of movies that make me cry like a 12 year old, and I’m sure when I finally watch Monsters, Inc, hopefully soon – Disney gave me the movie for free for some reason – I’m sure I’ll cry watching that, too.ย 

So, Inside/Out is about emotions. The team consulted actual psychologists, and I have to say, they did a GREAT job with the emotions. Like, they captured them perfectly. I loved it.ย It’s not part of my movie collection. Haha. ^_^

Now, I cried several times. Part of this is because I be a crybaby. Part of this is because it’s touching. And another part is because it’s just such a good movie and great talent brings me to tears. They captured so perfectly what depression is like, how it’s not sadness, like a lot of people think. I sat there at the end of the movie, watching the credits, thinking about how fear likes to pop up his noodle head and freak me out while I’m writing. And I’m like, “You know what. Fear serves a purpose. He’s irrational sometimes, but he cares.”

And I don’t know. I left the movie feeling like I understand myself better. It’s like, when we allow ourselves to feel the full range of emotions, instead of trying to stuff them away and be bold and fearless and happy and joyful all the time, we’re actually more balanced people. And more relatable. And people can’t help you when you’re sad if you go around not acting sad!

This was emotional for me. Lol! I will admit, part of why I cried in Big Hero 6 the second time I watched it is because it’s just such a damn good movie. I cried all through the credits and was a basket case because the writing in that movie is just so good. See what I mean? Total crybaby. It’s cathartic. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Now, I can’t say DreamWorks makes me cry. I love Shrek, but I don’t cry. And I still haven’t seen Kung Fu Panda, but I plan on watching that soon since Amazon gave me that for free for no reason. Hey, I’m not turning down a free movie! I’m sure I won’t cry though.

I feel like Disney and Pixar justย wantย to tug at my heart. They want me to be emotionally attached. I think DreamWorks just wants to have fun, but I’m not an expert on animation studios. Totally nothing wrong with fun though. ๐Ÿ™‚ Most of the digital content I consume is just plain fun. Crazy people need comedy. ๐Ÿ™‚

What promoted me to want to see Inside/Out so bad was a YouTube video that analyzed the movie and painted Joy as the villain in the story. They had some pretty convincing arguments, and after watching the movie, I 100% agree. Joy is an egomaniac. You can’t be happy at ALL costs, as she found out. It completely wrecks your life. Sadness lets you deal with your emotional pain. And when you deal with it, you can move on.ย Obviously, I over-identify with sadness, but I thought she was perfect. ๐Ÿ™‚

It’s really a very beautiful movie. ^_^
Fun for everyone. ๐Ÿ˜€


  • Olivia

    It was almost adorable in the cinema, I could hear people around me gasp and sniffle, but sadly it did nothing for me. I thought it was too long and boring. I do think it’s a really great premise and I’ve seen that psychologists use it with children so that’s great. However, a few months later I watched The Good Dinosaur, that generally was disliked by critics and I was sobbing for two hours.

    • Krystal Jane

      That’s cool that they’re using the movie like that. I can see that being helpful. I still want to see The Good Dinosaur. It looks really cute. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Tonja Drecker

    I’d never thought about the difference between Pixar/Disney and Dreamworks, but you’re right. The one is more emotional, the other more about fun. I have a soft spot for animation (could be due to all the kids ๐Ÿ˜‰ ). They can hit topics like no real life movie ever could. Haven’t seen Inside/Out yet.

    • Krystal Jane

      I love animation! (no kids – Lol!) It’s a little more flexible, too, because pixels don’t have the same physical limitations and needs that we have.

  • Crystal Collier

    Yeah… I didn’t like that one. So I have this thing. When people write specifically to manipulate emotions, it makes me angry. I want to scream, “You don’t get to play with people’s emotions unless you earn it!” That’s the reason I quit watching UP after the opening sequence. I want to be attached to a character enough to care about their drama before you throw their drama in my face. This one just didn’t do it for me. It felt too contrived. Big Hero 6, that one was AWESOME! I’m totally with you there.

    • Krystal Jane

      Okay. Totally don’t know why the comment disappeared. WHY?! But it’s fixed. Lol! I haven’t seen UP – I kind of want to so I’ll get the references, but I know what you mean. I can relate to the girl in the movie (both with the moving and being angry and such) so that’s a large part of why I like it so much. But Big Hero 6 has a place in my top five favorite movies of all time! ^_^

    • Krystal Jane

      It’s funny how I don’t really make an effort to see movies like this, but I usually really like them when I do. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Karla

    Yeah! It was a super cute movie. I know grown ass men that admitted they cried lol! I was so touched by the importance of Sadness or whatever he name was and a little disgusted tbh at the way the happy character treated her. But it was all for a purpose. Great movie!

    • Krystal Jane

      I totally found Joy disgusting, too! She was ruining that girl’s life. Lol! It was great seeing her evolve though. Such a relief! I feel a lot better knowing it made some men cry. Lol!

  • Jodi

    Inside Out is a BEAUTIFUL movie. I am a big fan of psychology (my twin sis is a psychologist), and the way the writers personified real-life emotions was so creative and insightful. I loved it too because it creates a sort of ‘what comes first, the chicken or the egg?’ type scenario. Meaning, on the one hand the movie seems to be about an egomaniac emotion–Joy–nearly destroying a little girl by refusing to acknowledge the merit of the other emotions. On the other hand, the movie could be interpreted as being about a little girl who, in the course of a stressful move, goes through a natural state of depression followed by a slow recovery, with a imaginative personification of what that depression might look like on the ‘inside’.

    Krystal, I can’t believe you haven’t seen Kung Fu Panda! It won’t make you cry, but it is the BEST THING EVER. It is still heartwarming and just…so full of awesomeness. Watch it, like, right now. Quit reading and go watch.

    P.S. Panda #2 will make you sob like a baby. Well, one scene will. #3 is…meh.

    • Krystal Jane

      Jodi!! ^_^ I totally love psychology! That’s so awesome that she’s a psychologist. ๐Ÿ™‚ I love what the writers did with those scenarios in the movie. I’m so glad j just went ahead and bought it.

      You know what, I will watch Kung Fu Panda today. ๐Ÿ˜€ I could go for some heart warming awesomeness right now. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Krystal Jane

      Yay! ^_^ Right! I thought they did such a great job. I have yet to see a Disney/Pixar mashup that I haven’t loved!

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