I have not been posting nearly enough this year and I want to steer back
from that. To that end I have found a 30-day blog challenge and
fluffed it out to 31 entries (since December has 31 days). I have
done a 30-day
challenge beforefor movies, though that one was poorly executed (I started
it in the middle of a month, at one point I posted 2 entries on one day, it is
a mess). I did another one just this year in August onVideo
Games, that one was better, go read it after this
one, all of it. Or don’t, no pressure.
day 21 and the topic is “Favorite Overall Moment”.
Let’s talk again about a movie I
already sangsome praise for, “Inside Out”.
In this movie we follow the emotions of a young girl, Riley who has just
moved with her family to the strange and alien lands of San Francisco. Her emotions are personified by 5 colorful
characters, two of which, Joy and Sadness, are lost in the young girl’s mind
navigating her memories and imagination trying to restore “core memories” to
the girl’s mind so that they can help guide her actions, without them Riley is
adrift and experiencing emotional numbness.
But what caused Joy and Sadness to
get lost in Riley’s mind near the start of the movie? Joy was the leader of the emotions, and she
had been working to make sure the core memories that formed Riley’s most basic
personality were all happy memories, up till this point there were 5 having to
do with sportsmanship, family, friendship, etc.
When Riley is about to form a new memory based around being humiliated by
breaking down crying at her new school, a core memory of sadness, Joy tries to
stop that memory from taking hold and all the core memories get lost in a
mental disposal system.
When trying to recover the memories
Joy and Sadness begin to interact more and Joy comes to understand what the
role of Sadness is. There are highs and
lows in life, and fighting to stay happy ALL THE TIME and only allowing happy
thoughts and memories to occupy you mind and define you is NOT HEALTHY. A person who does that become unable to deal
with hard decisions or tragedies.
Emotions are complex and bleed into one another in ways we do not
understand—this is kind of literal as the human mind is very much a mystery to
Realizing Emotional complexity in “Inside
Out” is my favorite moment in all of Disney.
It is literalizing something that is so hard to teach and explain to
people, I would go so far as to say this movie is a must watch just for this
own thoughts on this in the comments. I
know I am not the only person out there who is nostalgic for Disney products,
and I am sure many people disagree with my selection for today’s entry.
I picked Disney stuff just because
I knew there was so much of it to talk about and it lends itself to discussion
in the comments. So please, tell me how
my opinion about cartoon movies is biased and how your opinion on cartoon
movies is objectively right.
If you like or hate this
please take the time to comment, +1, share on Twitter, Tumblr, or Facebook, and
otherwise distribute my opinion to the world. I would appreciate it.