Cory Byrd and Matt Robison talk about the 2015 movie Inside Out.
Some of the topics discussed: imaginary friends, the narcissism of Joy, the malleability of memories and how the future affects the past, the visual language of the film and its potential to help explain mental illness, the lack of a concrete antagonist, the “Chekhov’s gun” principle, and the changes our emotions go through as we mature.
The referenced text of Proverbs 27:14, which calls to mind the over-optimistic character of Joy at various points in the movie:
He who blesses his friend with a loud voice early in the morning, It will be reckoned a curse to him.
And the quote from Mark Twain:
“When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.”