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Dir Pete Doc­ter and Ron­aldo Del Car­men 2015 (US). Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mindy Kal­ing. Opens 20 Aug

It’s all in the mind in Pixar’s latest, a de­light­ful, fre­netic, near­ex­per­i­men­tal an­i­mated film from the mak­ers of ‘Up’ and ‘Toy Story’. Pixar fans will be in sev­enth heaven with the film’s bold think­ing and kids will be strain­ing to lis­ten to imag­i­nary voices in their heads af­ter div­ing into the mind of Ri­ley, an 11-year-old girl whose tiny world is turned up­side down when she moves from Min­nesota to San Fran­cisco with her mum and dad.

It’s a sim­ple story, fea­tur­ing a new school and ner­vous par­ents. But the real drama goes on in Ri­ley’s head, where we meet Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Dis­gust (Mindy Kal­ing) and Sad­ness (Phyl­lis Smith), each of them shar­ing a phys­i­cal­ity to match their tem­per­a­ment. Dis­gust gives great sneer, while Anger is red, squat and prone to shoot­ing fire out of his head. We watch each of them fight for con­trol over Ri­ley’s life, and when Joy and Sad­ness go AWOL from their psy­cho­log­i­cal HQ, we take a tour of some crazy men­tal by­ways, in­clud­ing the Ab­stract Think­ing Depart­ment, where Joy

Film and Sad­ness briefly be­come 2D char­ac­ters and then, mo­men­tar­ily, one-color squig­gles.

There’s too much to sponge up in one view­ing. Blink and you’ll miss a char­ac­ter say­ing, ‘These facts and opin­ions look so sim­i­lar,’ when pass­ing boxes marked FACTS and OPIN­IONS. We leave the sub­con­scious (‘where they take all the trou­ble­mak­ers’) too quickly, and then it’s on to the Dream Depart­ment, where we see the day’s mem­o­ries be­ing adapted into drama. At times, you ache to put the brakes on the chaos, but still Pixar man­ages to do what it does best, turn­ing the ev­ery­day rough and smooth of child­hood ex­pe­ri­ence into a thought­ful, in­ven­tive ad­ven­ture, full of lurid and strange im­agery yet still to­tally ap­pro­pri­ate. It’ll be in­ter­est­ing to see how young kids re­act. I imag­ine they’ll find it less con­fus­ing than their par­ents, and even if some of the more heady stuff goes right over their, well, heads, there’s al­ways the Imag­i­nary Friend – part ele­phant, part cat, all pink – to en­joy while the par­ents give each other a sideglance of recog­ni­tion. Dave Cal­houn

sit­u­a­tion is about to get a lot worse when Drac­ula’s old-school fa­ther Vlad turns up.


Chuck Chicken

From Aug 24. Mon-Thu, 2.30pm Dis­ney Chan­nel (As­tro Ch 615) Tune in to this brand new Malaysian-made se­ries and fol­low the ad­ven­tures of Chuck Chicken, a ‘Kung Fu Chicken’ on the is­land of Rocky Perch. He in­her­its a golden egg amulet and de­vel­ops spe­cial pow­ers, which he uses to pro­tect the in­hab­i­tants of the is­land.

Kitchen Whiz

From Sep 22. Mon-Fri, 5.30pm Dis­cov­ery Kids (Hypp TV Ch 561) This game show pits two teams of ju­nior chefs against each other in a race to score the most points. Hosted by Alice Zaslavsky, ‘Kitchen Whiz’ chal­lenges its con­tes­tants with fun and messy tasks as well as quizzes about in­gre­di­ents, tex­tures and cook­ing styles.

Miles from To­mor­row­land

Sun, Aug 16, 11am (there­after, Mon-Fri, 8.30am) Dis­ney Chan­nel (As­tro Ch 615) Join Miles, his tech-wiz sis­ter Loretta, his space­ship cap­tain mum Phoebe, his me­chan­i­cal engi­neer dad Leo, and their pet robo-ostrich Merc as they ad­ven­ture through space and help con­nect the uni­verse for the To­mor­row­land Transit Au­thor­ity.

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