Inside Out does something very few animated films do: it doesn’t have a negative character. For a modern-day film targeting kids and summer box office – this is quite incredible. That it succeeds and remains entertaining all the way through just goes to show the brilliant imagination at work here.
And it is brilliant. Even more so after the Cars 2 disaster (wasn’t any good in the first place), Brave mediocrity (the scenes with the bear still flummox) and Monsters University modest greatness (much, much better than they have you believe). This is the sort of all-out inventiveness that made you fall in love with Pixar in the first place.
There was a small kid screaming, an old man grinning and myself admiring every second of it. There was even a pregnant woman sipping orange juice contentedly a few seats away.
I don’t mind saying Inside Out is going to end up in my end-of-year top 10. For the record, I thought Toy Story 3 was the best film of 2010. Not just animated. Any film of 2010.