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'Inside Out' is creative, original
DisneyPixar's "Inside Out" takes us to the most extraordinary location yet - inside the mind of Riley. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions - Anger (voiced by Lewis Black), Disgust (voiced by Mindy Kaling), Joy (voiced by Amy Poehler), Fear (voiced by Bill Hader) and Sadness (voiced by Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley's mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. Directed by Pete Docter and produced by Jonas Rivera, "Inside Out" is in theaters June 19, 2015. - photo by Doug Wright
'Inside Out' (PG) 4 stars

Finally, a lucid, clever, fanciful explanation as to the inner workings of the human brain! And who is responsible for this rare breakthrough that turns the field of neuroscience "Inside Out"? It's Pixar, of course.

The creative wizards of Pixar take us inside the mind of sweet, little newborn Riley, where were introduced to the five prime emotional motivators who push the buttons and pull the levers of the developing brain.

First, theres Joy, with the voice of Amy Poehler. Joys job is to make Rileys life replete with happiness, and she is very devoted to the task.

Of course, the little girl needs Fear to help her recognize and deal with potential dangers, and this strange little analytical guy in her brain is voiced by Bill Hader.

An essential member of the troupe is Disgust; after all something has to steer Riley away from the really yucky stuff, like, you know, broccoli. Mindy Kaling lends her talents to this charming character.

My personal favorite up there in headquarters is Anger, an impulsive little guy with a short fuse, whose head ignites when he's agitated. Lewis Black is superb, providing the verbiage for our tiny red hothead.

And finally, theres Sadness. At first, everyone especially Joy is trying to shield Riley from Sadness. But as the tale unfolds, the value of Sadness to their young charges well-being becomes evident. Poor woebegone Sadness is voiced by Phyllis Smith.

The creativity in this film portraying the inner workings of a developing young mind is truly imaginative. Theres no need now to puzzle over how memories are stored and why some become core memories and others are vacuumed from our cerebral shelves and bulldozed into the depths of our brains to languish and deteriorate; "Inside Out" explains it all.

The majority of the story takes place when Riley, who is now preteen, moves to San Francisco with her family. Of course, there are innumerable challenges and adjustments giving perfect fodder for every emotion, and watching it all from the inside out is nothing short of magical.

Dont leave when the credits start to roll. There are other great insights into yet more cranial thought, so dont miss them!

The creativity and originality of this film are wonderful.
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