I was nervous about Inside Out. Pixar was once the king of animation, making classics like the Toy Story Trilogy, Up and Wall-E, all punctuating my adolescence with magic. But that crown slipped a little after 2010’s Toy Story 3. Starting with Cars 2 in 2011, a meritless cash-in, quickly followed by 2012’s Brave and 2013’s Monsters University, both lacking the creativity and spark for which Pixar were once famous. Worse still, The Good Dinosaur was supposed to come out in 2014, but was delayed till later this year, due to concerns that it wasn’t good enough.
Upon hearing that their next film was literally about emotions, it almost sounded like a joke, the once master heartstring-tuggers dropping all pretence and literally making a film about sadness. The cynic in me felt that Pixar was a shadow of its past self.
The cynic in me can go stick his head in a pig.