i howled at this in the theater

The cathartic gift of Inside Out

Of course, parents and kids like this movie for different reasons, as it features 11-year-old Riley and how her emotions are maneuvered by five personalized emotions: Joy, Sadness, Anger, Disgust, and Fear. There was a dad in front of me howling with laughter when Joy and Sadness and Bing Bong (who represents Riley’s imaginative childhood) went two-dimensional in Riley’s chamber of abstract thinking, as his kids stared at him blankly. The theater-wide crying probably started when Bing Bong faded away, but from separate perception angles. The kids were going to miss a fun and funny pink elephant. Parents sobbed over the fact that those days of droopy diapers and chubby legs staggering around like Andy Capp after a night at the pub are long gone, never to return. I will likely never read a book that rhymes out loud to my kids again; this was the high point of my day for several years.

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