Director: Pete Docter
Starring: Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Bill Hader, Mindy Kaling, Lewis Black

Easily the most complex movie Pixar has ever released, Inside Out is revolutionary for its portrayal of emotions and psychology, specifically in a way that’s easily understood by children as well as adults. The story of a little girl named Riley as she moves across the country and adjusts to her new surroundings and grows up is a bit dry for a children’s movie. Instead, we watch how all of this plays out in Riley’s head, as she sorts through her complicated emotions and discovers that sometimes one has to feel bad in order to properly process things.

As complicated as this all might seem, the movie is a blast, thanks to imaginative set pieces within Riley’s head (her dreams are framed as sitcom tapings) that effortlessly translate into her emotions and motivations, and to a stellar voice cast led by an effervescent Amy Poehler as the emotion “Happiness” and the conversely dour Phyllis Smith as “Sadness.” —Andy Herrera