Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera

FILM SYNOPSIS: When 11-year-old Riley and her parents move to a new city, it’s up to Riley’s five main emotions — Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger and Disgust — to help her adjust. Joy and Sadness are accidentally launched on a journey through Riley’s brain to preserve her core memories, and as the duo races back to Headquarters, Fear, Anger and Disgust must figure out how to guide Riley.

Another year, another Pixar film being nominated for an Academy Award. Becoming synonymous with deep and emotional story, enjoyable for all ages in the humor department, not to mention setting the bar for production quality, Pixar has cornered the market on impressive animated fare. This year’s installment hits all the aforementioned marks. “Inside Out” is the story of a young girl named Riley whose internal emotions are personified in characters donning each emotions name. With her mind control room run by Joy (Amy Poehler), the rest of the emotions following along as the create memories with Riley. The voice cast in impeccable, with each emotion finding the appropriate voice behind it, with Lewis Black as Anger, Bill Hader as Fear, Phyllis Smith as Sadness, and Mindy Kaling as Disgust, and not to forget Richard Kind as Bing Bong. The story deals with the progression of emotions and is the most truthful and in-depth look at the honesty of depression that I think I’ve ever seen, especially in animated form. Although it pales in comparison to previous Pixar winner “Up” and iconic films like “Toy Story,” in the landscape of 2015, “Inside Out” does make a strong case for Best Animated Picture of the Year.

What’s its competition? Absolutely nothing. “Inside Out” has won across the board to get to the Oscars and there will likely be no stopping it. Even though the other films span clay-mation to anime, adult themes to childhood lessons, the U.S. to Japan, it’s Pixar that will once again take the award this year.

Previous nominations? Including his nomination this year for Original Screenplay for INSIDE OUT, this is the eighth Academy Award nomination for Pete Docter. He was previously nominated for:

  • UP (2009)
    Winner, Animated Feature Film
  • UP (2009)
    Nominee, Writing (Original)
  • WALL-E (2008)
    Nominee, Writing (Original)
  • MIKE’S NEW CAR (2002)
    Nominee, Short Film (Animated)
  • MONSTERS, INC. (2001)
    Nominee, Animated Feature Film
  • TOY STORY (1995)
    Nominee, Writing (Original)

This is the second Academy Award nomination for Jonas Rivera. He was previously nominated for:

  • UP (2009)
    Nominee, Best Picture

“Inside Out” (2015) Trailer:

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// Produced by Jonas Rivera // Directed by Pete Docter & Ronnie del Carmen //
// Dated Viewed: Saturday, February 6th, 2016 // BLU-RAY //  16 films – 23 days //

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