Davis: Pixar animation goes Inside Out

Inside Out director Pete Doctor and his imaginative team have raised the animation bar once again for Pixar.

Inside Out

Although Jurassic World did not break The Avengers’ opening weekend record domestically (even though it did gross over 200 million) it did break the worldwide record grossing over half a billion dollars. The previous record holder was Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2. And even though it faces competition from the latest Disney/Pixar movie, it will likely hang on to the number one spot this weekend.

Pixar Animation is known for releasing one movie every year however, it has been two years since Monsters University became their last blockbuster.  The Good Dinosaur, originally scheduled to be released last summer, is now set for November later this year after needing more time to be completed.  This Friday, Inside Out gives Pixar its latest chance to continue its winning streak, and according to citics, they have succeeded.

Inside Out is directed by Pete Doctor, the man behind Monsters, Inc. and Up. He and his imaginitive team have raised the animation bar once again with this unique and entertaining exploration of human emotions.  It is the story of a young girl who, like all of us, are guided by emotions: Joy (voiced by Amy Poehler), Fear (voiced by Bill Hader), Anger (voiced by Lewis Black), Disgust (voiced by Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (voiced by Phyllis Smith). All of these emotions are put  to  the test when an 11-year-old Riley (voiced by Kaitlyn Dias) is forced to move with her family from the Midwest to San Francisco when her father  (voiced by Kyle MacLachlan) starts a new job. Confused and lonely, Riley’s emotions bicker and battle as they try to adapt to her new life. When Joy and Sadness journey far from “headquarters” in search of a key memory, the battle within and between the emotional elements sends Riley into a tailspin.  Pixar has also included their usual animated short fiilm pecediing the feature called Lava.

With Jurassic World and Inside Out together ruling the box office this weekend, there is nothing else new coming out this weekend, but the Paramount Theatre is giving a chance to see a movie that is popular with critics. I’ll See You in My Dreams is descibed as a vibrant, funny, and heartfelt film, about a widow and former songstress who discovers that life can begin anew at any age. With the support of three loyal girlfriends (June Squibb, Rhea Perlman, and Mary Kay Place), Carol (Blythe Danner) decides to embrace the world, embarking on an unlikely friendship with her pool maintenance man (Martin Starr), pursuing a new love interest (Sam Elliott), and reconnecting with her daughter (Malin Akerman). I’ll See You in My Dreams shows on Thursday, June, 26. For more information, go to www.landmarkcinemas.com/paramount-kelowna.