We aren’t always the family that goes to the movie theater as soon as a new release comes out. Sometimes it’s more comfortable renting one or watching Netflix at home. A few years back, the kids really wanted to see Inside Out and I did too. When I saw previews of it with all those emotions, my feelings were thinking how that was me.
The animated cartoons of today are definitely not like when I was young and the messages resonate more with adults. In some ways this is good because of the broader appeal for families. Some adults can’t tolerate the kid movies and find them agonizing to sit through although I never did. Disney and Pixar nowadays know exactly how to get everybody loving their films along with the characters.
Inside Out’s theme I feel is complex to explain with very young children and mine being the ages they were, still didn’t quite get it. The symbolism and metaphors come so natural to me like always but describing how sadness saved the day was tugging at my heart. I identified with its nature considering the timing of Warrior’s passing.
What kid wants to believe literally that they need sadness in order to feel joy? Even as grown-ups, we don’t really want that either but we know it is true. Obviously from my experiences I needed to cry especially concerning Warrior in order to release and vent. Sadness is a very real part of our inner psyche and shouldn’t be ignored or brushed aside. My emotions tend to go in extremes and it isn’t healthy but I have learned how to manage them better and am stronger for it.
Warrior always made my emotions feel like they were out of this hemisphere and sometimes it became impossible to reel them in. I know a part of me will always be this way, it is who I am and we don’t change. Inside Out shows that we need all these feelings equally to balance out the others, even sadness.
I kinda wished humor would’ve been in there since it isn’t quite the same as joy. It really stands out on its own but the others are quite right. The characters became so real because we could imagine our brain going through events even though it was an eleven year old girl. Our emotions do show whether we want them inside or out and as a warrior, I know how real they can be even in a cartoon. 😀😳😡🙄😥