Opinions on Joy from Inside Out.
So, I’ve been going through the inside out tag more since I no longer need to avoid spoilers, and I’ve been reading how people don’t like how Joy was a bit too selfish.
And I thought i would put in my two cents.
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Personally, I don’t think that Joy was being selfish. Maybe a bit sometimes but ultimately I don’t think selfishness was too much of a problem.
I mean, yes she was obsessed with the fact that she only wanted Riley to feel her emotion, And I can see how people could have interpreted it as her being greedy and selfish. (heck maybe that’s what Pixar was going for. Idk.)
But for me, I felt like she was just doing what she said she was doing. Making Riley happy.
“I just wanted Riley to be happy.”
All those obsessions wasn’t because she hated the other emotions, it was because she felt like the other emotions didn’t make Riley happy. That having a mix of emotions meant she didn’t have a “good day”.
And let’s be honest: we all are obsessed with being happy. Only happy.
We don’t realize that other emotions are needed as well.
You don’t like to be scared. But it keeps you safe.
You don’t like to be angry. But it gets things done.
You don’t like to be disgusted. But it gives you standards.
You don’t like being sad. But it makes you feel alive.
I don’t know, I only saw Joy as super caring for Riley and she was just frustrated with sadness because she was different, and no matter how hard she tried she couldn’t see things sadness’s way.
Up until the end that is.
And as soon as she figured out that Sadness was needed she automatically, without hesitation, told Sadness to take over.
She didn’t hate sadness. She just loved Riley so much she hated to see her anything but happy.
Did she do unkind things? Yes.
Did she mess up? Absolutely.
I’m not trying to say she was justified in some of the decisions she made.
But I don’t think she was that much of a selfish character. She cared about Riley a lot and she just didn’t understand how every emotion needs to work together, and happiness can’t always be an everyday thing.
She had flaws, but I don’t think they took away from her being a likeable character. At least for me they didn’t. I think her flaws and way of thinking made a lot of sense.