Inside Out … feels good to talk!

One of our customers recently shared the following personal experience with the latest Pixar animation film “Inside Out” with us, this is her story:

“Both my kids, 9 and 6 years old, have been looking forward to the latest Pixar animation film “Inside Out” since they saw the first trailer a few months ago. They were fascinated by the idea to be able to actually look inside what is going on in our heads when we experience emotions such as happiness, sadness or anger. They particularly remembered the scene from the trailer where dad’s emotions prepare to hit the “putting the foot down” button. The depiction of the control centre in the brain and of the basic emotions within that help steer and advise us also fascinated me as an adult and promised, at the very least, an entertaining story – my personal minimum requirement for an enjoyable family day at the cinema. What I couldn’t have anticipated, however, was the fact that the visual depiction of what can be a very difficult topic, namely, how to deal with emotions, would have such a lasting effect on my family.

It began during dinner time, we had just been back from the cinema, when my kids started “analysing” and describing the going-ons at the table: “Yuck, when you chew like that with your mouth open I have disgust at my controls.”, or, after several tellings-off regarding the level of noise at the table had been ignored: “Wow, we are this close to seeing dad’s ‘foot down’-button coming into action …”. The next day, after school, my son came up to me and said “Mum, I collected so many yellow orbs today because we had PE and it was sooo much fun.” – a reference to the depiction of the storing of memories as orbs of different colours (in this case yellow for a happy memory). I was fascinated because the film not only helped us have an enjoyable afternoon with the whole family, but quite unexpectedly it also taught us a simple pictorial language (very similar to that of the Gefühlsmonster) in a wonderfully effortless way that makes it much easier for all of us to start talking about the many things that happen inside.”