My 9 year old son was beyond thrilled we were invited to attend a screening of Inside Out, the new movie by Disney’s Pixar that hits theaters Friday, June 19 and stars Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Mindy Kaling and more. Before heading into the theater, he said, “I hope it’s the NEW Frozen!”… and added, “but without singing.” So, does it live up to Elsa and Anna? Here are 5 things to know…
1. Bring tissue.
The main characters are emotions in 11 year old Riley’s mind – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness. When her family must move from Minnesota to San Francisco, you can imagine those feelings are in high gear! Considering my own family – including a daughter the same age – will be leaving our home town of the last 9 years – this was a tear jerker! (Okay, fine, we are only moving 25 minutes away, but switching schools… sniff, sniff). Though I must say that a Dad blog friend had already warned to bring tissues, I should have brought the whole box! Watching a child’s reaction to things like mom and dad arguing during a move? Childhood memories that are gone forever? Yes.. bring the box!
2. Not too scary.
It seems nearly impossible to find a “kid’s” movie that isn’t too scary these days, but Inside Out is definitely not too scary for kids… even smaller ones. There is a scary clown, but I know my 4 year old twins will be fine during that scene. My guess is the PG rating is because it’s fairly mature in thought! Not sure my li’l ones will understand exactly what’s happening, but I expect some giggles as they watch Joy and Sadness’ journey to help Riley!
3. Get ready to laugh.
Think watching a child’s emotions acted out as characters will be funny? Wait until they show inside mom and dad’s heads (see trailer below)!
4. The trailer doesn’t do it justice.
That being said, the trailer makes it look like the movie will be bouncing around inside all character’s thoughts, which gave me a headache to think about before seeing it. We mainly follow just Riley, the main character, with the exception of a couple of quick, hilarious scenes.
5. You need to go see it.
The last time I made that declaration was… yep… you guessed it – Frozen! My son and I agree- just as good as Frozen!
Watch the trailer here: