Joy, Sadness, Anger, Disgust and Fear…some of the most important emotions that lead us to make decisions.
Inside Out follows the internal journey of Riley, we follow her from the moment she opens her eyes. In the depths of her mind we meet the emotions that make Riley, Riley. Joy, the positive energy that fuels Riley’s happiness; Fear, who keeps Riley safe; Disgust, who stops Riley from being embarrassed and poisoned; and Sadness, who helps Riley cope with change.
As we follow Riley’s journey through life she grows and develops her own personality. Her experiences and memories shape her personality. The genius design of this film links to neuropsychological theory in how our experiences define us and shape our cognition. Riley’s memories are stored in the long term memory bank, which has thousands and thousands of memories, from the president’s of the united states, to the names of all the my little pony characters. But her most important memories are her core memories, which are stored in the central headquarter of her mind. These memories create her personality islands; Family Island, Goofball Island, Friendship Island, Hockey Island and Honesty Island.
Riley’s life is suddenly turned upside down as her family moves to San Francisco when she is 11. We begin to see the effect that a life event can have on Riley’s emotions; Fear, Disgust, Anger and Sadness are in disarray as Riley has to face this drastic change. But, Joy is there to help, she tries to smile and carry on. Riley tries to be as joyful and happy as possible. But within all the confusion Sadness begins to override the emotional headquarters in Riley’s mind.
Following a dramatic course of events with Riley’s personality islands beginning to be lost and deteriorate, we learn that every emotion is needed for Riley to be able to be truly happy again. She must embrace every emotion including Sadness. Joy accepts that Sadness plays an important role in every child’s life. To cope with changes and life events one must explore and befriend all of their feelings. This important message is threaded throughout this movie and invites every child who watches it to be mindful and embrace all their emotions.