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Disney’s INSIDE OUT 2 is a winner with a fabulous representation of the contrast between Joy and Anxiety in our lives.

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What is Inside Out 2 About?

In the follow-up to 2015’s Oscar®-winning “Inside Out,” Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear and Disgust—who’ve long been running a successful operation by all accounts—aren’t sure how to feel when Anxiety, Envy, Ennui and Embarrassment show up. The voice cast includes Amy Poehler, Maya Hawke, Kensington Tallman, Liza Lapira, Tony Hale, Lewis Black, Phyllis Smith, Ayo Edebiri, Lilimar, Grace Lu, Sumayyah Nuriddin-Green, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Diane Lane, Kyle MacLachlan, Paul Walter Hauser and Yvette Nicole Brown.

“Inside Out 2” is directed by Kelsey Mann, produced by Mark Nielsen and executive produced by Pete Docter, Jonas Rivera and Dan Scanlon. The film features a screenplay by Meg LeFauve and Dave Holstein and story by Mann and LeFauve.

Inside Out 2 Has the Cutest Duos Ever!

Sure, Sadness and Joy are still adorable as opposites yet besties. However, with the arrival of new characters we have some adorable new pairings whether it is the flirtatious cute banter between Disgust (Liza Lapira, replacing Mindy Kaling from the original) and Yong Yea (Lance Slashblade) or the awkward cuteness between Sadness (Phyllis Smith) and Embarrassment (Paul Walter Hauser).

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I cannot begin to tell you how many times my friend I were oowing and awwing and laughing in delight.

Inside Out 2’s Anxiety and Joy are Perfection

Without giving too much away, I was blown away by the storytelling of Inside Out 2 and I might just have been dabbing my eyes with a napkin towards the end of the movie. No joke.

Inside Out 2 focuses on Riley’s emotions as she hits puberty but Disney fans of all ages can easily relate to the emotions such as joy, sadness, fear, disgust, envy, embarrassment, anger, boredom, and yes, anxiety. And if you ever ever had a panic attack or felt as though all the joy was snuffed out of your life, this movie will resonate with you.

As before, Joy (Amy Poehler) is the movie’s adorable protagonist. And at the beginning you might say that new emotion Anxiety (Maya Hawke) is the new antagonist but just as emotions are not black and white neither are the roles in this movie. As would make sense, the two emotions do not get off to a good start as they do not know how to co-exist in Riley’s mind.

However, (minor spoiler) at the climatic eleventh hour scene when Riley and Anxiety are suffering an anxiety attack, Director Kelsey Mann and the vocal cast hit you raw. I do not want to give too much away to ruin the experience for you but suffice it to say that this movie is magic. The best Disney movie I have seen in ages.

p.s. Stick around for a post credits bonus scene.

You’ll be crying, laughing, and feel seen. Run to the cinemas to see Disney’s Inside Out 2 when it opens on Friday, June 14, 2024.

Tickets are now available on Fandango,, and wherever tickets are sold.

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