Pixar’s “Inside Out” Finds The Sadness In Joy

The film features characters that represent the different human emotions: Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear, and Disgust.

It is a comic, dramatic story of an eleven-year-old girl — of what goes on inside her head as influenced by her surroundings especially her parents.

Riley, played by Kaitlyn Dias, is the typical pre-teen child who experiences the usual struggles of being the new kid in town. Her emotions started to conflict with one another when opinions among them vary on how to deal with Riley’s situations at home and her new outside world.

Joy, the superlative among the five emotions, is particularly concerned with Sadness, not wanting this “emotion” to spoil things up as much as possible. Riley needs to be happy at all times, in Joy’s point of view.

Critics rate the movie as one of Pixar’s best. It’s great for kids, and a greater lesson for parents who will surely see their children in a new light. Or really see their children for the first time. Parents build images of children they would like to be very proud of. In the end, realizing that unconditional love is essential in bringing up a confident, successful, and compassionate individual.

“We do not need books about psychology in order to learn to respect our children. What we need is a total revision of the methods of child rearing and our traditional view about it. The way we were treated as small children is the way we treat ourselves the rest of our lives: with cruelty or with tenderness and protection.”

These are the words of Alice Miller, psychologist, sociologist and researcher on childhood who’s written 13 books that’s been translated into 30 languages.

Pixar’s Inside Out can re-establish the special connection between child and parents through its heart-touching wisdom . . . or build a special bridge to link different generations that make up a family.