Why Inside Out is a great choice for little (and big) kids

Inside OutI love (and miss) going to the cinema and now Scrip is old enough to enjoy it it’s a real treat to take her along. Obviously she won’t be munching popcorn in front of the latest psychological thriller anytime soon, but hopefully we can meet in the middle and both enjoy clever and entertaining children’s films. And that’s exactly what we did last weekend as we were treated to a screening of the newest Disney film, Inside Out.

She was rapt throughout and I don’t think I’ve laughed so much in a pretty long time. They’ve struck the balance between adult jokes and children’s humour really well.

The film’s based on what’s going on inside us and what controls our thoughts and feelings – in this case little characters which are personifications of emotions: Joy, Anger, Disgust, Fear and Sadness, with all their quirky traits. I wasn’t sure if the concept was too hard for a three year old to grasp but straightaway Scrip was tapping her head and asking in a loud whisper if they were inside her too, so I guess not!

We were invited by Subway, to celebrate their tie-up with Inside Out and the day started with a late lunch of an Inside Out Kids’ Pak™. There’s a kid’s sub, juice, Bear Fruit Yoyos and game inside a shoulder bag with an Inside Out character on (six to collect in total). Scrip chose Disgust, which may explain her recent threenager behaviour.

She’s never been to Subway before but she readily wolfed down the lunch (which meant I wasn’t in too much trouble for not buying popcorn afterwards). The bag is hanging neatly on her door and is probably now filled with hair clips, badges and dolls’ house characters.

A new-found aversion to balloons popping meant we didn’t join in with the other activities, which also included face or hand painting with favourite characters (I encouraged a reappraisal of Joy for that one). But we enjoyed the atmosphere and I enjoyed spending some quality time with Scrip whilst my husband looked after baby D. All in all it was a great afternoon out. And being in Leicester Square, American ice cream may have just featured afterwards to fuel the tube journey home. Thank you Subway!

Inside Out is out now.

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