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Our own Eric Eisenberg made similar claims when he wrote about Inside Out following a Disney/Pixar presentation at CinemaCon in Las Vegas. Marveling at the film’s emotional pulls, Eisenberg summarized:
Rarely did a single comedic line or moment come and go without some kind of reaction from the audience – ranging from small chuckles to uproarious laughter. … The film caused the crowd to experience a wide range of emotions. I will probably long remember this Inside Out screening if not just because of the number of sniffles I heard echoing around Caesar’s Palace’s Colosseum, and the number of people I glimpsed wiping tears from their eyes."
The sentiment was shared by many who caught Inside Out in Cannes today. Twitter became an online therapy session for journalists and audiences trying to respond to the way Pete Docter’s film made them feel. Variety Tweeted that Inside Out "proves to be the greatest idea the toon studio has ever had." That’s saying an awful lot, considering the number of gems that Pixar has produced over the years. Anne Hornaday of The Washington Post chimed in with:
Another home run for Pixar w/ INSIDE OUT; they've always taken Uncle Walt's dictum 'For every smile a tear' to heart...1/2— Ann Hornaday (@AnnHornaday) May 18, 2015
Robbie Collin of the UK Telegraph added:
Inside Out (Docter) is Pixar's Spirited Away, and one of their very, very best. Review up soon #Cannes2015— Robbie Collin (@robbiereviews) May 18, 2015
While Richard Lawson of Vanity Fair summed up what several on Twitter were feeling.
Cried through most of Inside Out— Richard Lawson (@rilaws) May 18, 2015
Not that Pixar hasn’t dabbled in emotion before. The ending of many of their films, from Monsters Inc. ("Kitty!") to Toy Story 3 ("So long, partner."), moved me to tears. But it sounds like Inside Out will be a full-blown – and welcome – assault on our tear ducts. It opens in theaters on June 19, and we will have our full review on the site closer to that date.