Nowadays there’re many movies on the market. Horror movies, thriller movies, comedy movies and even many cartoons movies. Probably, years ago, someone could argue that cartoons cannot be defined as movies. “Cartoons are for kids, not adults!” you’ve probably said, at least once. I don’t if somehow the producers of cartoons are trying to enlarge their target or if the kids are getting smarter but the fact is that nowadays, cartoons should not be considered as something only for kids.
Why this introduction? Because a few days ago I went to the movie theater with Marta and we saw “Inside Out”. I don’t want to spoiler anything so you can continue reading even if you haven’t seen the movie yet.
First of all, let me say that it’s not easy to write something about this movie. This is the kind of movie that needs pages and pages of thoughts to be explained and most of all it should be seen in first person to understand all the kind of emotions that it could create.
Secondly, I’m not completely sure that this kind of cartoon could be fully understood by a kid. Probably it wouldn’t be appreciated by people younger then 10 years old. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that young kids are stupid or not enough smart. The main theme of the movie are emotions, but the real message (in my opinion) is focused on how a person becomes adult. So, to be fully understood the viewers need some background, i.e. their own experience.
Emotions are something complicated sometimes, and the experiment of Inside Out is to show these in a funny (and both serious) way. The major thing that impressed me is that for the first time in a cartoon I’ve seen a completely new approach to life. For the first time ever in a cartoon is shown that “be happy not always bring to an happy life”. This kind of thought is definitively not so simple.
To understand what I’ve just said try to think about yourself. Imagine yourself younger and think about a past failure: a bad mark at school, a fight with a friend, everything. What I’ve understood in these years, in my life, is that there’s no joy without pain. Live a simple and happy life is just impossible. Thanks to God.
What am I saying? I’m saying that every pain and every obstacle in our life is somehow given to make us stronger. It’s not fun to live a life always happy, because if you’re always happy you’re are not forced to improve yourself. From failures come opportunities. This is the real truth. When you’re scared you’re forced to improve and give the best. This is something very personal and everyone can overturn at least one example from its own past. What I’m saying, and the movie too, is that every moment could be made both of joy and sadness, joy and fear, fear and sadness, and every mix of emotions possible.
This is definitively not a simple thought and Inside Out tried to explain this in a simple way. It wasn’t easy task at all… But I think that the guys at Pixar reached it. Again.