In Pixar's "Inside Out," 11-year-old Riley
Anderson's family moves to California, uprooting her Midwest home. Joining her
on her journey are five emotions: Joy, Anger, Disgust, Fear and Sadness, each
one voiced by a famous actor (Amy Poehler as Joy; Bill Hader, Fear; Lewis
Black, Anger; Mindy Kaling, Disgust; and Phyllis Smith, Sadness).
daughter is still 8 years younger than Riley, but on any given day, I can
see all of these characters playing out inside her mind: The elation of finding
a surprise chocolate-covered raisin on the kitchen floor; the sudden angry tears
over me not voicing Ursula the right way; the sadness of me dropping her off at
camp (replaced within milliseconds by a glittery art project.)
But if Pixar were to shine
a light inside a mom's mind, I'm guessing they'd see some very
different characters. First, the not so fun ones:
Who better to narrate
the guilty feeling we get when we choose conventional berries over organic, when we yell
a little too loud, a little too quickly, or when our kid asks, "Why do you have to go
to work today?"
Exhaustion (voiced byFelicity
As Lynette Scavo on "Desperate Housewives," she depicted the
classic struggle to find a balance between marriage, motherhood and career.
Between her wild boys, her demanding boss, an alcoholic mother, her husband's
midlife crisis, cancer and more, she knows how it feels to be drained, 24/7 … yet
still keep on trucking.
by Jennifer Lawrence)
Your kid just looked a raven-haired, ebony-lipsticked
goth right in his heavily eyelined eyes and asked, "Wow, your mom lets you wear
makeup?" J. Law tripped in a ball gown in front of millions—she can easily convey
your flushed cheeks, racing pulse and uncomfortable smile as she apologizes and
whisks your little inquisitor away.
Judgment (voiced by the late Joan Rivers)
The cattiness you exude when you look the hot mom at the park
up and down, as you realize you haven't even changed out of the tee shirt you
slept in? Vintage Joan.
Nagging* (voiced byFran Drescher)
"Oh. My. God. I've asked you 10 times to not leave your Mr.
Potato head parts all over the floor. Pick them up, puh-lease."
* The first five times you ask for something to happen.
Nagging*(voiced by Bea Arthur)
Leave the eyeballs on the ground. I'm done. Where's my wine glass?"
Actually, Betty White is 93 and her memory is probably better
And the happier emotions:
Pride (voiced by Oprah Winfrey)
As your daughter
nails a penalty kick in her soccer game: "That's my dawwwwww-terrrrrr!"
Confidence (voiced byKathleen
The formidable voice you hear when you've got your mom
swagger on. Your toddler is thirsty at the zoo and the concession stand line is
15 people deep? Sippy cup's in your purse. Your teenage daughter felt
comfortable enough to come to you with a sensitive question, and she seemed to
sincerely value your opinion? Can't you practically hear Turner's powerful, throaty
voice assuring you, "You've got this."
Whether you're using last month's Highlights Magazine to thwack the fist-sized spider creeping up the
bathtub wall, plunging your arm into a murky toilet to retrieve a dropped
Transformer, or semi-reluctantly returning to work after maternity leave, every
brave act will sound even fancier and more exciting when described by a
bombshell with an exotic accent.
Amusement (voiced by
You know that feeling you get when your child makes you laugh
legitimately for the first time? That mix of delight and excitement and
surprise? America's loveliest goofball can lend her quirky charm to narrating that distinct pleasure.