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Movie Review written by Jon Patch with 4 out of 4 Paws

Inside Out 2

Walt Disney Pictures and Pixar Animation Studios present a PG, 96-minute, Animation, Adventure, Comedy, directed by Kelsey Mann, written by Dave Holstein and Meg LeFauve with a theater release of June 14, 2024.

It’s hard to believe that it has been about nine years since the original but thankfully they did not wait any longer since this part two is amazing and so much better than the first one.

So, Mrs. Andersen (voice of Diane Lane) and Mr. Andersen’s (voice of Kyle MacLachlan) little girl Riley (voice of Kensington Tallman) is growing up and turning the big 13. When her and her two best friends get a chance to go away for a few days to practice and learn from some high school girls like the great hockey player Val Ortiz (voice of Lilimar), they all jump at the chance thanks in part to Coach Roberts (voice of Yvette Nicole Brown). One problem, Riley gets some bad news from her two best friends on the car ride to the hockey camp event.

The upsetting news from her two besties started to play on Riley’s emotions and Joy (voice of Amy Poehler) along with her friends Sadness (voice of Phyllis Smith), Anger (voice of Lewis Black), Fear (voice of Tony Hale) and Disgust (voice of Liza Lapira) were all doing a great job in Riley’s mind headquarters. That was until the demolition team shows up to make some adjustments to the headquarters. This is when Riley’s mind starts to go a bit out of control mainly due to some new members to the team, Anxiety (voice of Maya Hawke), Envy (voice of Ayo Edebiri), Ennui (voice of Adele Exarchopoulos) and last but not least Embarrassment (voice of Paul Walter Hauser). When Anxiety and her group take over the headquarters and cast the original members out to bad memories, Joy and her group must try to find a way back to stop Anxiety and help Riley. Yet in time, everyone in the headquarters realizes a new fact that is a truly astounding revolution for them and Riley.

The original version nine years ago I gave a 2.5 so I was not as thrilled with the first as I am with the second. Great direction and superb writing bring this adventurous and funny animated story to the big screen with more promise of doing much better than the first even though the first did quite well. The animation is flawless of course with Pixar and Disney behind it and the score is exceptional throughout the entire film. Some of the one-line comments in the story are brilliant and perfect for adults yet appropriate for kids. Yet through it all there are true lessons to be learned along the way especially with kids trying to deal with all of their personal emotions on a daily basis. This is truly a must see by all especially if you liked the first one you will love this one.

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