Inside Out Is A 2015 Animated Film

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Inside Out is a 2015 animated film that depicts the life of an eleven-year-old girl named Riley and her struggles after moving to a new city. Throughout the movie, her emotions are personified as different characters and through their own struggles in trying to manage Riley 's feelings, Joy and Sadness are tossed into the deep, inner workings of Riley 's mind. Thus, the plot follows them as they find their way back to "headquarters." When Anger, Disgust, and Fear are left in control, Riley begins to act out and put herself in dangerous situations. The film shows the importance of each emotion as well as the development that a child goes through, due to said process of maturation. Inside Out attempts to give perspective as to why children respond to circumstances the way they do as well as how children learn to control and understand their own emotions. This desire to understand the development of children has been present in our society since the late nineteenth century. The animated film, Inside Out, portrays childhood as a vulnerable stage of growth, placing importance on the need for a child to have a constant resource for emotional support. This idea contrasts with the notion popularized in the late nineteenth century which disregards a minor’s need for psychological dependency. The film begins when Riley is born and the first emotions introduced are joy and sadness, who are shown dictating Riley 's actions in the first couple years of her life. Then, as she develops more complex cognitive functions, other emotions show up to ensure that her development continues. The first of these secondary emotions to appear is Fear, who is "really good at keeping Riley safe”(Inside Out, 3:08). Then Disgust comes into existence and "keeps... ... middle of paper ... ... away showing that acts of rebellion are sometimes necessary in order to give a child stronger control and understanding of more complex emotions. After the incident, Riley 's parents do not punish her, rather, they greet her with open arms and understanding faces; the act alone prompts an emotion which she has not yet experienced. This view of rebellion would have been unpopular in the late 1800s, given the social norms because while people were interested in the growth of a child as they are today, the way child rearing was done differed largely. It was not widely popular to show one 's offspring affection. Many children during this time period did not experience the type of emotional dependency and support that their modern day counterparts receive. Ultimately, time has produced a sort of parent-child relationship which is primarily built on emotional dependency.

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