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What an animated film about feelings gets right about the brain
The Washington Post

Enthralling, puzzling, frightening and unpredictable: That’s the world moviegoers confront in Pixar’s new animated film “Inside Out,” set inside the somewhat fractious mind of an 11-year-old girl named Riley.

Riffing on the concept of the homunculus, the miniature man that 16th and 17th century scientists believed controlled human consciousness, “Inside Out” embraces miniature beings representing five emotions: joy, sadness, anger, fear and disgust.

Ninety percent of the movie takes place inside Riley’s noggin and while the filmmakers clearly took liberties with the characters – Joy, for instance, is, a bug-eyed, blue-haired sprite with the voice of comedian Amy Poehler; and a plump, bespectacled Sadness is the sotto voce of “Office” alum Phyllis Smith – they also nailed some key concepts in neuroscience.

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