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Anyone else keep seeing people claim the entire movie was meant to be a metaphor? 

Obviously, it being a metaphor for what happens in the real world isn't an out there claim to make, but a lot of people seem to have come to the conclusion that in-universe the emotions don't exist and their entire little dimension don't exist, and everything that happened was meant to represent what actually happened, and I have no clue where this interpretation came from, and I don't see why people are trying to make other people see it that way. 


It's actually kind of irritating me. I kind of wonder if maybe people are taking the film's sophistication too far. "Oh, this movie's mature, therefore they can't possibly be doing something as whimsical and magical as little emotion people! That'd be NOT mature", or something like that. 
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First time I hear about this. I mean, of course the movie is a metaphor for growing up, in a certain sense, but why does that have to mean the Emotions aren't real? And why does everything have to be "mature?"

To me, one of the most awesome things about this movie is that its two plot levels are so well connected that the Emotions could, in fact, be real. I don't actually believe they exist, even though the fact remains that everything they do affects Riley in a way that would make sense in her plotline no matter if they're real or not. But that's real life; in-universe, I'm sure they actually exist.

By the way, I think that's a general Pixar "problem" (if you can call it that). Some of their premises are justified by saying "well, we know this is true, so we don't have to explain it." Like toys coming to life in our absence, or monsters living in our closets. The difference in Inside Out's case is that, while many people would probably agree that Riley's feelings are what they would have felt in her situation, too, most people probably never believed that there were little people in their heads causing those feelings. Maybe that's why some people reject the premise of Inside Out but accept those of Toy Story and Monsters Inc.

Plus, I believe the Pixar people actually take great care not to "cross the line" - for example, Toy Story's rule against talking to humans; if that wasn't there and toys talked to humans on a frequent basis, then it would take away from the movie's sense of "this could be real." Likewise, if Riley became aware of the Emotions even a single time, the "spell" would be broken. And that's probably why, while there are instances like Woody talking to Sid and Mike being seen by the kids at the camp, the movies are deliberately written in a way that allows for both interpretations in order to "uphold the illusion."
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