Let's Go To The Movies - Inside Out

First off, I have to say a big "HELLO" to any new readers who found my little blog by way of this Design Mom post (kind of love her, see here). It was such an honor to be featured on her blog, and I hope now that you've found me you continue to stop by regularly. Thanks!

Moving on now...

I took Madeleine to see the new Pixar film, Inside Out over the weekend. With "Excessive Heat Warnings" daily here in Phoenix, a movie is always a great way for us to get out of the house and beat the heat for a little while.

Have you ever wondered what is going on inside your head? Well, it turns out your emotions are actually little creatures who run everything you think, feel, and even dream from their command center located in your head. It's a big job, and sometimes things get complicated in there; especially when you're an 11-year old girl named Riley who just moved from the only life she's ever known in Minnesota to the strange and new San Francisco. When Riley's core memories are threatened, her emotions: Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Anger (Lewis Black), Fear (Bill Hader), and Disgust (Mindy Kaling) have to pull together like they've never done before to make sure they get Riley on the right path to live the best possible life she can.

Damn you, Pixar!! Why do you always make me cry!!

Seriously, aren't Pixar movies the best? This one was no exception. It's colorful and fun, but, like always, it was the deeper message that really brought it home for me. Emotions are hard, and it's okay not to feel happy all the time. It's also perfectly normal to feel multiple emotions at the same time. You can be both happy, yet sad or excited, yet scared. Inside Out explains this all so perfectly while still remaining a really entertaining story at its center. The film is such a great tool to help kids of all ages in learning to process their emotions. Most importantly, it lets them know they shouldn't be trying to figure it all out on their own. When things get hard and you're not feeling like your normal joyful self, talk to those who love you most. In Riley's case, it was her parents; and as a parent, that's a message I want my kids to hear.

Such a great film.

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