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Disney/Pixar “Inside Out” A Tad Too SAD To Be A Good Kids Movie?

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by Anura Guruge

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Went to see this, with the kids (9 & 14), yesterday, in Concord, N.H. When we saw “Jurassic World” on Father’s Day both Teischan (9) and Deanna said they wanted to see “Inside Out“.

It is indeed, in every sense of the word, a very cerebral movie! A movie for thinking kids? That could be an oxymoron. As one approaching 62, who has been fascinated by the workings of the brain for over 40 years, I quite liked this movie. But I am NOT a kid. And that is the crux of the issue.

It is a movie that tries to explain how your emotions work and interact. It is very clever. Some of the cleverness, as is so often the case with kid’s movies, would be totally lost on the kids. E.g., they kept on repeating ‘deja vue’ in one scene. Very clever. Very profound. No way kids would get it let alone appreciate the beauty.

DEFINITELY NOT a movie for young kids. Teischan would not comment on it, though I asked her a number of times, until this morning. Then she, Deanna and Devanee (14) ALL said that it was a SAD movie. That is sad. I am a Disney shareholder (and owned Pixar shares when they first came out c. 1998).

This is a deep movie. It sets out to educate and in a way you can think of it as a dumbed down ‘Basics of Psychology‘ for kids. But kids who are taken to see it, who are expecting to see a ‘Frozen‘, are going to feel cheated and SAD. Not good. My honest advice is not to take young kids, i.e., under 13, to see this. They probably will not thank you.

As an adult, big into the brain, I KNOW that it was a worthwhile movie to make. Some of the metaphors and analogies were a bit flawed and they sometimes took a lot of poeinsideout_ff1tic license, as with the ‘train of thought’, but a lot of thought went into this movie.

It is probably best watched, for free, a few months later, on Amazon Prime — where you can opt to stop watching it without feeling guilty. 

They are trying to tie it in with ‘UP’. It is not UP. Up was poignant, funny much of the time and inspiring. ‘Inside Out’ not so much.

OK? Hope this helped.