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    Metaphors in Disney's "Inside Out"

    Analyze and discuss the more adult themes and issues in the recent Disney movie "Inside Out." This includes subjects such as depression, anxiety, self esteem, personality identification, memories (long/short term and the concept of the subconscious), and differentiating emotions within the self, especially the imbalanced ratio of generally happy to general sad emotions.

    • I think you could also look at this psychoanalytically in terms of repression and the 'return of the repressed'. We see that Joy controls a couple of memories that are initially believed to be entirely happy, but then we see that there is more to these memories and that there is some other emotion connected to them. That hockey team memory is the one that really comes to mind. The sadness that Riley felt in losing the game/feeling responsible for the loss is not there at all, all we see is her team suppoesdly celebrating with her. But later on we find out the whole truth to the memory and that there is some repressed sadness there. – Jamie White 8 years ago

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    Really intriguing! I literally just finished watching Inside Out when I read this, and even being a university student (just moved out) I totally relate to the emotions conveyed in the story.
    In a way, though, I don’t agree that these moments are “mature” – I’d sooner put them under a category with a name more along the lines of “when pixar gets very real”, because it’s so easy to disappear into these “kids” movies. When they bring to light real life struggles, it intensifies our emotions towards the characters and the plot.

    10 Mature Moments in a Pixar Film

    Great read 🙂 gotta say though, I’ll be glad to see Clara gone… She was much better as a Victorian nanny… Amy and Rory 4 lyfe!!

    Doctor Who? Why the Question is More Important than the Answer

    I love that these “classic” coming of age movies seem relevant. Of course, the breakfast club is up there in my top ten list. It brings to light certain elephants in the room- the fact that in highschool, life is very on the surface, emotions are usually bubbling silently beneath a layer of insecurity. It also asks the question of what constitutes a friendship worth pursuing. We never find out what ever did happen to the 5 of them. I’d like to think they turned things around for what we assume for the age group 🙂

    John Hughes Remains Relevant: Don't You Forget About Me