I was really excited to see this latest Disney and Pixar collaboration. I think all of us are aware that they never make bad films but critics were really raving about this movie. That’s why I was a bit disappointed when the release date for the Philippines is more than 2 months later than Hollywood’s. But eventually, it hit theaters and I only got to see it two nights ago with a few church friends. I liked it but didn’t really love it like my favorite Disney-Pixar films – Monsters Inc., A Bug’s Life, and The Incredibles. Although, I have to admit, this movie is deep. The thought process and conceptualization that went into this picture was crazy! Let’s go through some of my favorite ideas in the film.
1. Personality Islands
In the case of Riley, the main character in Inside Out, she had Family Island, Friendship Island, Honesty Island, Hockey Island, and Goofball Island. An island would be activated depending on the situation Riley was in. These personalities get destroyed one by after she loses Joy (and Sadness). However, at the end of the movie, they were rebuilt and she also had additional islands – Boy Band, Fashion, and Tragic Vampire Romance. This shows how our personality is developed as we grow up.
2. Train of Thought
The film really featured a train that passed through all the parts of Riley’s mind. If she was thinking about hockey, then it would move towards Hockey Island until there is a shift in what her brain focuses on. It was a simple allegory but very clever in itself. Naturally, the train would stop moving when she is asleep.
3. Abstract Thinking
I can’t explain this. You have to see it for yourself.
4. Imaginary Friend
This is one of the biggest surprises in the movie. Bing-Bong used to be Riley’s imaginary friend. When she was still little, they would play together every day. But now that she was eleven, Riley has moved on to other things and Bing-Bong is a forgotten entity in her mind. He ends up helping Joy and Sadness in their mission to get back to HQ. However, he sort of loses his life in the process as he fades from Riley’s memory. I’m positive, though, that we haven’t seen the last of the Elephant/Cat/Dolphin-hybrid creature after he has captured the hearts of moviegoers.
5. Songs That Keep Playing In Your Head
We call it LSS or Last Song Syndrome. It turns out that something in our brains just plays tricks on us and puts a certain tune or melody on repeat. It was cool and funny! I’d remember Anger bursting out in anger every time I hum or whistle a familiar song.
There are a lot more like Dream Productions (meh) and Imagination Land (expected) but these were all refreshing to watch.
In closing, I wanted to highlight how masterful God has created us. Disney and Pixar spent several years to flesh out a movie that tries to explain how feelings work. But I believe they haven’t gotten close to how fearfully and wonderfully complex humans are. My mind is just going nuts thinking about how complicated it is to craft one of us. However, the Lord only used dust and breathed on it to produce the masterpiece of creation. Isaiah was right when he said that His ways are higher than our ways. We’re not even close. While we marvel at one invention, thousands or even millions are still waiting to be invented. Our MP3 players and smartphones can only carry thousands of songs but new melodies and lyrics are being mixed and matched daily. Even just a peak into God’s imagination would probably floor us. I’m glad that I don’t have to think about all that. But I’m in awe all the same. This is the God I worship.