Growing up is . . . ugh. Sometimes it’s like there are voices in our heads, am I right? Few films better illustrate our emotions of anger, sorrow, joy, disgust, and fear as this film. Pixar’s “Inside Out” has been nominated for Best Animated Film at this year’s Academy Awards which will be televised on February 28th @ 7pm on ABC. 

What if our emotions were little people, manipulating a control room in our heads? The five distinct personalities we meet in the film are charismatic, hilarious, and at times raw. Considering the film takes place inside the head of an 11-yearold little girl, I was impressed by how much I connected with the film as an adult male. The film was an empathetic experience -- sad in a sweet way. Not a shocker. These seem to be the staple elements of the most recent Disney/Pixar films (see: Up, The Incredibles, Frozen and Brave.) It was a gamble for Pixar to commit to such an abstract plot for a feature film, but it packs a wallop. The traumas of adolescence are on full display here, but also highlight what’s so great about being human. 

Without a doubt, this is a must-watch movie, and the North East Branch Library will be showing “Inside Out” on Saturday February 13th at 2pm as part of their Family Movie Matinee series.

Recommended by Matthew Lowder

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