The past couple of offerings from Pixar weren't really that stellar/of their level. They decided to take a break for a year and came back with one of their best offerings.
Inside out is a movie about a 11-12 year old girl and the emotions that control her inside her head. Joy, Sadness, Anger, Disgust and Fear were the five emotions we got. All of them had great voice acting which brought these characters to life. Joy and Sadness got more attention in the movie as the message the plot was giving centered around them. I do wish that we got more of the other three emotions too. They didn't get as much screen-time as I would have liked.
The concept was great and clever and its execution was perfect. Seeing the inside workings of one's brain being played out the way it did in the movie was just so GENIUS!! And the best part of it was that everyone can relate to it, which makes the experience even better. The movie is filled with allegories that point to pain of moving, having to control emotions, how things get more complicated as you grow up etc. And it was clever of Pixar to choose the age they did since it was their first outing with something like this, making things less complicated. I would love a sequel which shows the teenage years though.
The pacing of the movie was another thing that was great. The journey takes us to different areas of the mind, all of which were a joy to look at. The way everything was represented, just brings a smile to your face. The humor was also really well handled. Clever jokes and situations instead of the easy way lame kiddie jokes. But it wasn't all fun. The movie had some really sad moments that really pull on your heart strings.
The animation of the film was, as to be expected from a pixar film, wonderful. The characters were unique and fluid and the environments looked beautiful. The soundtrack of the film was also beautiful and really pulled my strings in some parts.
I'm so glad that pixar got their mojo back. This is an animated film that both kids and adults can enjoy. It kinda saddens me that a turd like 'Minions' can gross way more(billion dollars worldwide) than this. One of the best, if not the best film of the year so far.