5 hoots out of 5

Transfiguring Adoption awarded this movie 5 Hoots out of 5 based on how useful it will be for a foster/adoptive family. [Learn more about our Hoot grading system here]

Movie Info:

  • Rating: PG (Mild Thematic Elements and Some Action)
  • Genre: Animation, Kids & Family
  • Runtime: 94 minutes
  • Studio: Disney/Pixar

From the Cover of Inside Out (2015) by Disney/Pixar:

“Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it’s no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley’s main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.”

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Inside Out (2015) – Discussion Guide

Discussion Guide:

  1. How did Riley’s emotions cooperate before the move from Minnesota to California? What happened during and right after the move?
    Caregiver Note: This question is a good way to start the conversation as well as to see what your child has perceived in the film. If your child struggles to remember some parts feel free to help with a little prompting. Some older children may pick up on more subtle themes but be prepared to help with connecting the emotions to the ways they showed response through Riley’s behavior. Try to focus more so on how Joy drives the emotions before and during the move, but after is able to work with her team to help Riley express all of her emotions in…

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