Inside Outside

Inside thumbHere’s the theory:  all the emotions are inside of you, guiding you and writing your story.  They do not really like each other much, but they have to get along.  For example, Joy does not really like Sadness, but the big through-line of the whole picture is that Joy has to learn to appreciate sadness or Joy itself would not be.  Sadness thereby gets a little smile upon her face.  All the other emotions have their place too:  Anger, Fear, Disgust.

These emotions live in a four-part environment.  First their have their host:  you.  They have to keep you going and in order to do that they need to work in concert.  Next they have memory.  Memory has two varieties:  core and incidental.  Core memories are those wherein the basic emotions played a huge part and defined you.  You keep hearing those core memories gong their gongs.  Incidental memories are everything from President names to lyrics of commercials to doll names.  Memory is huge and yet something inexplicable seems to vacuum up lots of it as we go on.  Third we have these islands that spring up in the caverns of our memories.  They are made up of things like family, sporting achievements, romance–a city could be in there, and things like patriotism, gender identification, and era might also be considered islands.   Fourth we have capacities that are universal to all of us, not personal like memories or islands.  These capacities are imagination, aging, abstract thought, fun, trains of thought that just come along and carry us until they dump us, and that sort of thing.

Underlying this whole is the unconscious, the void, the dark, the hugely deep, the scary.  Maybe that’s a fifth part of the environment.  OK.

So there you have it:  all told to us by Riley and her emotions.  Riley is very cute.  She is so very cute I could almost say she is politically incorrectly cute.  It is not right that anyone could be that cute and that thin plus that talented at hockey.  Sadness was not thin; she was chubby and she shook a little (like jelly) when she walked.  I think Pixar did not send those character types through the political correctness panel.  Paul Ekman has a nice “Parental Guide” to the movie.

Was it cute?  um – yeah.  Could it have been cuter?  Are you kidding?

The protagonist was Joy.  Anger, Fear, and Disgust did not do so well – but they played their parts.  I give it 5 Teddy Bears.

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