Saturday evening in our house has been ‘family movie’ night this year, there is 4 of us, and so on a rotation basis we choose a movie to watch. It can either have been recorded from TV, one we’ve got on DVD or something new – but usually under £3 from a second hand /charity DVD shop. However, last weekend, we had a treat. We watched, the £7 costing DVD, the highly acclaimed Disney Pixar movie ‘Inside Out’. If you havent seen it, or want to know about it then the write up and critics reviews are Here on IMDB-Inside Out. But I imagine given its popularity i am on catch up.
Let me just say this. It is an essential watch for anyone working with children and young adults. Even more essential for those involved in working with children who are becoming young adults.
Because it is the story of the how the circumstances and emotions of children coincide. Of how, yes, one perspective is given, but how children react to change, significant change – like house moves, or school moves, or friendship moves, or all of the above. It is a story of how emotions are characters inside a childs head (the characters above are those emotions) and how different circumstances lead to or are the consequence of the emotions trying to have their way with the child, yet there are times when the emotions need to work together. It is a story of imagination, of resilience and of family, of how children perceive, and try and cope. Yes in a Disney Pixar animation.
For the Parent of two children who has asked my children to move twice in the last four years because of ‘Ministry’ It was a particularly difficult watch. No doubt children of those in Ministry who do similar regular moves, and parents who do the same would find the storyline of the film just that little bit close to the bone. Whilst The film was pretty dark at times, because the child would react to such a move with significant emotional trauma, the film did retain enough buoyancy in the colours and the characters for it not to head to bleak, yet it was as much an animated story about families and parents, as it was about the child.
For the youthworker working with young people, or older children, it is a highly educative film, definitely worth spending time watching and reflecting on it, in relation to the families in your groups. I’m not going to say more as I don’t to give away plot spoilers. Only to say as an insight into the inner emotions of children and to have this portrayed in such good animation it is worth £7. My teenage children thought it was pretty realistic. Though id question the films Characateur of the Dad – i wish i could blank out of life and ‘just think about football’ – he didn’t come across well – yet if that meant that the star of the show, and to some extent the person we rooted for was the child, then so be it, it was worth it.
However, it was definitely the kind of emotional experience of a film, that would make me think twice, as a parent of watching it again. But one as a Parent, and as someone who works with children and young people it is definitely worth a watch.
Maybe before the church ‘does’ childrens & youthwork- it learns ‘about’ children and young people. This would be a good starting point. Yes we were all children once.
Oh, and watch the extras in the DVD after youve seen the film, they’re very clever, funny and helpful in lightening the mood.