Posted on December 13, 2016
Inside Out inside out
Pixar movies are, for all intents and purposes, fun.
Their formula stays pretty much the same in every movie, Hollywood-style, but we’re not looking for much more than that either.
A laugh, a tear, and a lot of stuff we can relate to, in an exaggerated, animated manner.
Where oh where do they come up with their ideas?
Take Inside Out (2015) for example. A little girl’s emotions come to life on the big screen and get in all sorts of shenanigans. It’s a bit weird to see a kid’s own neurons try to self-help its blossoming depression, but there you have it.
Anthropomorphising – don’t worry, I can’t pronounce it either – your thoughts and emotions isn’t new by a long shot, and it’s cute to see how many times we have tried to compartmentalize our psychological manners by means of little people rigidly controlling most of our actions.
This was also the case in Brain Divided (2013), a CGI short that came out some time before Inside Out. Even though they have striking similarities, they were actually developed without knowledge of one another.
If you watch the movie, you’ll notice here as well that humans’ most basic mannerisms are actually caused by little, colorized humanoids at a control panel.
Colour-coding your feelings is something we saw as early as Herman's Head in 1991, which is basically a show on the Mighty Morphin’ Stereotypes in charge of a Cringezord.
But having Burt Reynolds at the physical control panel of a man’s primal instincts, now that’s a trip through memory lane, in Woody Allen’s Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex (1972).
And I’m sure I missed some more influential snippets of television history that led to our current population of anthropomorphized emotions.
Or have I? You tell me!