Written by Christian James Haight
Disney Pixar has famously become known for their creative and original content ever since 1995 when the beloved “Toy Story” was released. Over the past twenty years they have continued with their chain of fantastic animated films, including “Monsters Inc.,” “Finding Nemo,” and “Up.” While they may have made a few flops with sequels such as “Cars 2,” Pixar can constantly be counted on to create an entertainingly original idea that can be enjoyed by kids and adults alike.
Directors Pete Doctor and Ronaldo Del Carmen are the minds behind Pixar’s most recent film, “Inside out,” bringing audiences into the mind of a young girl named Riley, voiced by Kaitlyn Dias. When she was born, the feeling of Joy, voiced by Amy Poehler, was also born. As Riley cried for the first time, the feeling of sadness was born, voiced by Phyllis Smith. One by one, she adopted the same five different feelings that everyone has within them, along with Joy and Sadness, there was also Disgust, voiced by Mindy Kaling, Anger, voiced by Lewis Black and Fear voiced by Bill Hader.
These feelings are displayed through five different characters who observe different scenarios that Riley is put through and then decides which feeling should take control of her reaction. Most of Riley’s reactions create a probe-like memory that takes the color of the feeling she felt when making that decision. While there are a total of five different feelings within the control center of her mind, most of the memories take the color of gold, which is the color of Joy. Although as the movie progresses, Riley begins to experience memories with other feelings as well, the more common this becomes, the harder it is for Riley to remain happy.
Each feeling obviously represents the particular emotion that they’ve been characterized as, and so just like in real life, Riley’s anger will act up wanting her to get upset in certain situations and Joy has to calm Anger down in order to keep Riley happy. This for example is a sort of complicated layer that Pixar works out perfectly for a kid’s movie. While the kids within an audience will find it funny, the adults will understand the intellectual side behind the scene for the reason that when they’re angry, they need to calm themselves down in order to stay joyful. Whether or not Riley shows all five of these feelings on the outside, the little colored characters inside of her represent Riley’s true thoughts and feelings.
The movie takes a few minutes to pick up speed. Once Riley’s parents decide to drop everything in their hometown of Minnesota and move to San Francisco, Riley is forced to leave her friends, her hockey team and all of her wonderful memories behind. Trying to stay strong in the new city is what truly turns her into a depressed emotional state, but as the movie is shown from the point of view of her feelings, audiences are given a look of how their interactions are truly what sends Riley off into emotional chaos.
“Tomorrowland” is a kid’s movie, and for kids this movie has the potential to be great. The only thing is that Bird definitely tried to make this into a movie that adults would enjoy as well. With that he’s placed a lot of violence between humans and bad robots that are supposed to be protecting Tomorrowland. So typically it’s okay if these robots are cut in half, beaten with a bat or hit by a car because they’re robots. Though the robots in this movie come off as very real-like, and until the wires are shown, audiences will believe them to be human. This makes the violence look worse to kids because some may not even realize that these robots are in fact not human.
The main cast, along with the characters they portrayed was the best part of the film. The chemistry between them was surreal. Obviously, nothing needs to be said with Clooney’s ability to act. He gave his all to what could have been a very easy role and did not shy away from doing everything he could to make Frank into the hero he deserved to be. On the other hand, both Robertson and Cassidy have very little experience in the acting world, but they both still managed to kill it. It would have been just as satisfying for Bird to make Clooney into the main character, giving Robertson and Cassidy less screen time and less pressure to create a movie that Clooney would only co-star in. Instead, he gave those two girls a chance and they definitely rose to the occasion and created a fun adventure that Clooney added to, but wasn’t necessarily needed.
In the end, “Tomorrowland” did what it was supposed to and created a fun movie for the family. With Bird attempting to make it more than that, he only hurt the movie and possibly ruined what could have been another great Disney film. While he did manage to do some good things, Bird is best at what he does with animated films, there’s no need for him to try and do live-action as well.
- Director: Pete Docter
- Actors: Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Mindy Kaling, Lewis Black, Phyllis Smith
- Genre: Comedy, Family
- Run Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
Pros: Great film for kids and adults; beautiful animation; funny yet emotional.
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