As a Court-Appointed Special Advocate, I see a lot of G-rated and PG movies with my foster kids. Those adventures have become one of the unexpected rewards of this program.
Last week I had the pleasure of seeing “Inside Out” and I can truly say it is one of the most amazing movies I have seen in years. It is one of those special creations that only Disney/Pixar can produce. It is billed as appealing to children, and I can truly say, from my personal experience, that it spoke to that little girl still inside of me.
I went with a 10-year old foster girl, and we kept looking at each during the movie. I think we were trying to see what feelings it was bringing up in each of us. The movie centers on the issue that we all have a variety of emotions, and it is OK to acknowledge them. The main characters are Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger and Disgust.
At the end of the movie, she asked me if I liked it, and I started to gush about it. I posed the same question to her, and she smiled and replied that she also loved the movie. I went on to ask which character she liked the best, and she responded “Sadness.” I felt my own Sadness come up when I heard her words, until she went on to explain why.
She informed me that “I also liked Joy, but how can you know what Joy is, unless you know what Sadness is.”
I became totally speechless, for there is nothing an adult can add to these words of wisdom.
Kudos to the everyone at Disney for creating this educational, inspiring and conscious work of art. See this movie and you will find out what I am talking about!