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Pixar's Inside Out wins lavish praise at Cannes

Inside Out

Story by Jack Foley

PIXAR may have suffered something of a backlash (by their own high standards) of late following the release of sequels such as Monsters University and Cars 2 but they appear to be back with a bang with Inside Out.

Conceived by Pete Docter (of Monsters Inc and Up fame), this is an animated adventure that restores the risk-taking values of past successes such as Ratatouille and Wall-E, as well as the cries of “genius” that almost inevitably followed.

The plot follows teenage girl Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco.

However, like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in Headquarters, the control centre inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. And it’s here that the majority of th film takes place, as it offers a rare head-trip that is relatable to audiences of every age.

Receiving its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, Inside Out was immediately hailed as another instant classic from Pixar by jubilant critics.

Todd McCarthy, of The Hollywood Reporter, wrote: “This adventurous outing manages the great Pixar trick of operating on two levels-captivating fun for kids, disarming smarts for adults-that sets the studio apart.”

While Variety’s Peter Debruge declared: “Pixar’s 15th feature proves to be the greatest idea the toon studio has ever had … promises to forever change the way people think about the way people think, delivering creative fireworks grounded by a wonderfully relatable family story.”

Peter Bradshaw, of The Guardian, was similarly impressed, stating: “It is tremendously buoyant and watchable, with some great visual invention.”

While Little While Lies wrote: “Pixar’s delightful and sophisticated latest takes us on a dazzling journey into the mind of a child.”

Hitfix labelled it “simply one of Pixar’s most creative films ever”, while HeyUGuys predicted that “it will blow your mind”.

Inside Out is due to open in UK cinemas on July 24, 2015.

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