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Inside Out: Five Concepts That Make It The Deepest Disney Film Yet

I didn’t expect to come out of a Disney movie with a feeling of being completely emotionally drained. I had been excitedly waiting to see Inside Out for quite a while, but I wasn’t expecting it to leave me in such dewy awe. In my opinion it’s the deepest Disney film yet.

In the film we meet emotions: Anger, joy, fear, disgust and sadness who live inside eleven year old Riley’s head. They control her every move and even her dreams. The film takes you on an exploration of the human nature. The most abstract concepts of the mind are made into perfectly formed symbols given to you on a technicolor plate. There are silly jokes for kids, but I think these concepts will have a hard hitting affect on adults the world over.

  1. Happiness will do anything to find you. In the film the character of Joy controls most of Riley’s life when she is younger. When she finds herself detached from Riley she tries anything and everything to get back into her life. I found this really powerful to watch and I do believe it is true- we all want happiness and the world wants happiness for us. We just need to find each other.
  2. All emotions have their place. Be it Sadness, Anger, Disgust or Fear they all have their place in life and are all just as valid. There is no ‘bad’ emotion. They work together to drive us and help us determine what we want and how we can achieve it, as well as protect us from what will hurt us. We need all of these emotions to be human!
  3. As you grow up into being an adult emotions merge and divide. The world is no longer happy or sad, there is a whole rainbow of things you can feel. I found this amazing chart that shows how the different characters can merge to create many more emotions. Teenage years are filled with this merging; making them a very rocky time in anyone’s life.
  4. We don’t always know what we feel. Our emotions have a huge affect on our body, what we choose to do and how we choose to act. They are very probably the most powerful thing we have. But we can get so caught up in the world that we forget these basic building blocks for everything we do.
  5. Whether you are neurotypical or atypical, they are all in there. You might feel filled with Sadness but happiness can be found if you dig deep enough, no matter how hopeless you might feel. As someone with EUPD I wasn’t sure how much I would connect to this film, but if anything I felt more connected to how my mind works. It sounds silly but AS psychology didn’t make me think so deeply about myself!

The brain is horrendously complex but thankfully we don’t have to completely ‘get it’ in order to use it. This film enlightened me, I found myself thinking my own emotions into characters and imagining my own personality islands.

Inside Out is as deep as you want it to be. Take it as a light-hearted Disney film, or dig under the surface to be waist deep in ¬†psychological and human morals. I think this film will be of more interest to adults than to children because of this, and I’m not sure how much of these concepts children will gather from the plot but I don’t often go to the cinema to think so deeply!

A dream of mine would be for Pixar to create a series of shorts explaining mental illness through the characters. It will never happen, But wouldn’t it be nice?! If you are interested in the mind you should definitely get to the cinema and see this film soon!

We Scuffled in Skiffle and Survived.

On thursday night my friends and I went to a concert at the local theatre. This was a brave decision on their part considering one of them hates anything to do with theatre and the other is a big fan of ‘EDM’ (Electronic Dance Music). To me on the other hand, a theatre visit is the ultimate definition of a good night out and ‘EDM’ is what you get when someone leaves the ‘A’ out of Edam. This is why I was very surprised when they came with a group of friends and I to a skiffle music concert…

The tickets had been booked before christmas by our enthusiastic key worker at college. A small group of us had shown interest in going to see something at the local theatre, and she spent a happy hour with us in the common room putting stars next to potentially good acts. ‘The London Philharmonic Skiffle Orchestra’ won the vote on which event we were going to buy tickets for and everyone was looking forward to it. The programme promised vibrant mandolin music and (as a mandolinist in training myself) I was very excited for the opportunity to hear the instrument being played properly for once!

By the time it came to going to the concert the group had completely evolved from our original gathering of programme circlers. People had dropped in and out and to my surprise the group now included my EDM listening friend J, who admitted that he had been¬†heavily persuaded by our key worker to come along. On the day of the gig, when faced with a psychology night class, my friend P quickly joined the group also; casting aside all previous hatred of theatre based activities. Both J and P were fairly nervous about the gig and as they tentatively shuffled into skiffle they gave me looks of “Oh what have you brought us to…”.

As we entered the auditorium I was informed that Lai would probably bark during the performance because of the high pitch of some of the music. I was slightly apprehensive because even though the venue would be expecting this it is still embarrassing to have a barking dog next to you. As soon as we stepped into the theatre we were jumped on by the stewards and the theatre manager who had reserved spaces for our group at the front of the tiered seating stand. I came around the corner and was immediately told that they were going to put a seat below the rest of our group (on the same level as the stage) for me and my dog.

“But I’d really rather not sit by myself.” I calmly protested.

“But the seating is raised. We can move a chair so you can sit with a friend.” the lady replied.

“It’s no problem, she has been on raised seating before.” I added whilst gesturing to my guide dog- who at the time was putting on an exemplary pair of puppy-dog eyes.

“But it’s carpeted… And there’s also fire safety to think of”. My face was now a perfect model of someone who was not impressed. She evidently knew she had made a mistake with the carpet comment, especially when I called for my key worker to come and back me up. Safe to say I managed to get a seat with my friends, although I was consistently reminded that Lai must not be anywhere near the aisle. Being my guide dog, and a very sassy one too at times, Lai took great pleasure in daringly throwing her tail into the aisle from time to time during the performance.

The music started with a lively number in which we learnt the names of each member of the group. Mike, Martyn, Captain Cabbage and Ron were lively mature men wearing brightly coloured clothes and large wigs. Their first piece, a chant, had P turning round and giving me raised eyebrows and a look which clearly said ‘What on earth?!”.

The music quickly moved on to a catchy song which involved the chorus ‘Buy, buy, buy viagra!’. This had all of our group uncontrollably snorting with laughter. There were so many brilliant pieces in the set with vocals that had the audience grinning from ear to ear. Collectively they can play an overwhelming amount of instruments: violin, banjo, harmonica, ukelele, mandolin, guitar, bouzouki, knee trumpets, washboards, suitcases, trumpet, saw, accordion, double bass, sousaphone, bagpipes and spoons! We saw a lot of these instruments during the set and seeing someone play an industrial saw with a violin bow was certainly an experience I won’t forget! I was very proud because Lai stayed silent throughout it all.

The music was fun and bouncy, making us all want to dance and sing. Wrapped in it were such good feelings of happiness, whit and good humour- it was infectious. As we arrived back at college and were signing ourselves in for the night we were still rowdily running through the catchiest of the night’s choruses together. It was a fantastic experience and I have certainly now earned the musical respect of my friends. Lai is now considering learning to play the spoons professionally and I am aiming to be able to play the mandolin to at least half the ability of Martyn Oram.

Overall it was an amazing night.