From the first moment my son saw the Pixar Inside Out movie trailer he was begging to go… which left about 5-6 months of asking when he was going to be able to go see it. So when the stars aligned and the advance screening happened to be showing on his 6th birthday – I knew we were going to have a great time.
This movie did not disappoint. It was amazing, delightful, fun, and attention grabbing. Dare I say it actually ranks in my top 5 Pixar films of all time. My 6 year-old loved every minute of it as well. We both laughed a lot, I might have cried a little bit (mom hormones…), and it was really just the perfect way to enjoy K’s birthday.
Who Should See This Movie?
While everyone will love escaping to Inside Out this summer, I wondered afterwards if there is a reason it was rated PG instead of G. There wasn’t anything overtly scary or worry-some about the movie, but it did have a few big kid messages about how to handle your emotions and how your emotional reactions impact others around you.
Honestly, I was glad I’d left my toddler at home for this one. It gave me a great opportunity to discuss the themes of the film afterwards with my son. Being a young kid he is still learning how to have appropriate reactions to his feelings and emotions. The major theme of the movie was how important it is to feel all your emotions and not to stifle them – even the ones we are sometimes worried aren’t the “right” or “good” emotions to have. After the film ended we talked a lot about what his islands of personalities would be, and how he thinks he would have felt in some of the situations in the movie.
My son wears his emotions on his sleeve, so I think for him it was really great to see the emotions broken into characters like that. It was a wonderful visual for him to understand so many of the things I’d been explaining to him about how to handle anger or sadness. As a parent, I loved the ability to break it down in a way he could see and understand and we’ve had some wonderful conversations as a result.
Even the short movie Lava prior to Inside Out was directed at an older age group in my opinion. The Hawaiian inspired story/musical of a Volcano longing for love in what he thinks is a huge empty ocean.
“I have a dream, I hope will come true. You’re here with me and I’m here with you. I wish that the earth, sea, the sky up above, will send me someone to lava.”
Lava was beautiful, entrancing, and the song was certainly endearing.
Honestly, everyone will love this movie. I’m certain when it comes out on DVD my toddler will enjoy it as well, but as far as who will take away the most from this movie, I think Pixar made this for school-aged kids and knocked it out of the park.
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