Every week from the moment our boys heard about this movie, they have asked if we had heard from our Disney rep about attending a screening of the movie. Once the invite landed in my email, the boys began counting down the days. This is the first movie the boys have researched, watched and read everything they could find about the movie before we even set foot into the theater. As we sat waiting for the other guests, Tim and I were blasted with facts and questions about the movie.
Encompassed in one movie is actually three stories: Joy and Sadness’ adventures through the far reaches of Riley’s mind while reliving some of Riley’s lost memories, Riley’s experiences moving to a new city, and the confusion that occurs when Headquarters is without it’s leader. The movie starts out with an introduction of each of the voices inside Riley’s head starting with Joy then Sadness followed by the rest of the crew. Each character’s positive traits are highlighted and although each character is annoyed by another at times, they work together to keep Riley on the right path. This sets up the turning point when Joy and Sadness are swept away leaving Anger, Disgust and Fear in charge of Riley’s emotional world.
The stories are well written and can be used by parents as a building block to teach children about emotions. The movie is an emotional rollercoaster and many of the very young children in the audience had a hard time handling this by the end. We saw some of the pre-elementary children in tears or clinging to parents as we left the theater. Parents of very young or extremely emotion children may prefer to view the movie at home where you can pause and talk through the tough scenes because there’s a lot of them.
Our boys were overflowing with commentary about how much they enjoyed the movie and have requested to add it to our movie collection. Puberty is getting ready to hit our house so Little T picks up on all references to it so the ending of the movie was one of his favorite parts. He also loved when Riley was on the bus trying to regain her happiness.