If you follow me for a little while you know how much I like animated movies, especially kids movies. The other day we went to go see ‘Home’ and one of the trailers before that movie was the one for ‘Inside Out’. I’ve watched trailers for this movie before and it makes me think.
It’s the story of a girl named Riley, whose life got thrown out of wack due to a move and basically her inside, the little personified emotions Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness. Of course Riley’s move leads to quite a bit of stress in the Emotions Headquarter in her head and then Sadness and Joy get lost inside the rest of Riley’s mind. Joy, who so far is Riley’s most important Emotion tries to keep everything under control while trying to find back.
That’s what I got from the trailer.
Now I wonder… I wonder what happens if we lose one emotion?is this what happens to some of us? Do those emotions ‘wander off’? And what if they don’t find back or if we don’t find them anymore?
See, I like the idea of giving those emotions a face and their own little story. Like Sadness, who apparently through the journey discovers the bright side to life.
I picture Joy and Sadness lost in this huge part of Riley’s mind. I imagine how it would feel if my Joy and my Sadness would be gone. If only Fear, Anger and Disgust would be left. How confused would you be if you would suddenly not feel the one emotion anymore that was so typically you? I guess you would only have Fear, Anger and maybe Disgust left.
They’ve done an amazing job with this plot and again managed to hide or not hide such a deep message in a movie for kids (well at least it seems like it).
They say that Sadness will eventually discover the bright side to life. Now I wonder how this would work? ImagineSadness would indeed discover the bright side to life. Would Sadness still be around at all? Wouldn’t Sadness simply disappear? And would that be a good thing? And what would Sadness turn into? Happiness?
Could it be that easy? When we hit the point where we only feel fear or anger or disgust or all of them together, is it because the other two just went on a little stroll? Can we be hopeful that they will find back to the ‘Headquarter’ and provide us with an even better feeling that before? To what point can we influence it then, if at all?
If it is up to us, maybe we should let go of the control. Maybe we should let Joy and Sadness wander off and discover the rest of our mind. Our dreams and memories. And maybe in doing so we would get a stronger Joy and turn Sadness into Happiness.
The trick is to not lose those two in the process, otherwise we might be stuck with Fear, Anger and Disgust forever…