One of the things I don’t usually get to do is go to the movies, so whenever I finally get around to watching one, it’s usually only after it’s been out for a while. My wife working tonight, so my son and I checked out Inside Out.
The last major Disney/Pixar thing I saw was either Frozen or Big Hero 6. Frozen, for all that everyone made about it, was kind of a letdown. Don’t get me wrong, the animation was fantastic, and I really enjoy most of the characters, but I’d kinda been expecting more due to the hype. I really like the twist, a lot, but the really big deal seemed to come from the way it flipped certain standard Disney conventions on its head. Great job, but, I think there were some other gaps. Also, lots and lots (and LOTS) of singing. Music is a big part of Disney movis, but usually something I more tolerate. If I recall, Frozen holds the record for the Disney movie with the most music. Doesn’t help that EVERYONE loved it and was pumping it through the radio (and my son had to hear Let It Go at least twice whenever we were in the car).
Big Hero 6 was just kinda blah. Some great Sci-Fi ideas, something was off with the pacing.
Inside Out though, man, firing on all cylinders. I’m seeing Pixar invest in more and more sequels, which kind of got me thinking they were running out of original material, but they went back to the well for this one and brought back a gem. Up took you on an emotional rollercoaster, basically laying waste to the watcher within the first five minutes, but this is a marathon. Few and far between the stories that can display emotion in such an eloquent way, have a fantastic message, and at the same time walk you through some of the basic, fundamental aspects of our understanding of the way the mind works.
It also helps that I took to the concepts they were illustrating. If you’ve read Sorcerer Rising, there are some familiarities. Virgil just has giant serpentine demons instead of, say, comical men in bowties.
Hm, I should put Al in a bowtie.