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Our family loves good movies and Disney is a source that we typically enjoy. Our budget doesn’t allow for going to the movie theater often, so we will purchase movies we anticipate loving when they hit stores. Inside Out is one of those movies which I knew we had to add to our collection. So, we braved the slippery roads here in southcentral Alaska to visit our local Walmart and pick up a copy when it hit shelves this past Tuesday.
With all boys in the house, I wasn’t 100% certain how they’d respond to this film. After all, our culture tends to teach boys to bottle up their feelings and just deal with it. However, I found through past experience you can bring attention to subjects like this through humor. Inside Out has plenty of humor in it, too. It was truly a great pick for a family movie night complete with popcorn for snacking.
For those unfamiliar with the movie, the premise is that inside each of us is a control room where our different main emotions (Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust, and Anger) influence us as well as collect our memories as they happen. Some are designated core memories and both create and sustain different islands of our personality. The others are sent to long term storage on a regular basis. And, some of those memories will eventually be removed from long term storage and sent to a wasteland where they die so that new memories can take their place.
Riley is an 11 year old girl who is the main focus of the movie. You see from her birth how the emotions appeared and gradually learned as she grew to help guide her. Life looks wonderful and most of it has been happy thanks to to over zealous efforts of Joy to minimize the influence of the other emotions. But, a move from her beloved Minnesota home to San Francisco throws everyone in turmoil. What ensues is a lot of chaos and a bit of growing on the part of Riley and her emotions.
Moving a long distance is definitely a life changing event which creates a fair amount of stress. Our family is quite familiar with it having moved homes 3 times in 3 years, including our LONG distance move from Maryland to Alaska back in January of 2010.
Every one was affected from my husband and I to the four boys, even the youngest who was only 2 months at the time. I think our youngest is the one who would easily let lose with his emotions and sometimes just collapse for a break.
Making it into an adventure and keeping a strong ‘core’ of family is what helped us survive the transition. I really wish we’d had something like Inside Out to watch with the older boys to help start more discussions about their emotions and how to manage them. Change is difficult on everyone, but especially a child who struggles with knowing what is okay to express for fear they might upset a family member.
Inside Out Tomy Toy products featuring different main characters from the film can help you take the idea of emotions and how to express them from the movie and into family life. Kids do learn through play and these items are meant to help with that.
The particular one we picked up at our local Walmart was for the more supporting character of Bing Bong, Riley’s imaginary friend from her preschool years. Pressing his bow tie starts him singing the Bing Bong song, a sort of theme song that he would sing with Riley during their play sessions and it powered their ‘rocket’ to take them new places. His arms, trunk and head are moveable which means kids can integrate Musical Bing Bong into imaginative play.
Having watched Inside Out now, I think my boys would have loved to pick up Anger from the Tomy Toy product line. Several times during the movie when Riley’s Anger took control and spewed fire from his head, the boys would comment on which brother they thought was JUST like that.
Regardless of what toys we have in the house, I am quite thankful to have the movie available to provide that entertaining look at emotions. As my husband has been traveling for work and my second born is away at a month long intensive culinary arts program, I know that we’ll be hopping on board this humor filled ride again soon.
With the holiday season quickly approaching, I suspect we could use a reminder about being in touch with our feelings and not trying to always ‘hide’ them from family members who might provide just what we need to better manage them. After all, feelings are neither right nor wrong, but it is how we act that places them into those categories.
Be sure to pick up your copy of Inside Out at Walmart! I’d love to hear what you and your family thought about it.