A boy shows up at Riley’s house to walk her to meet with a group of friends hanging out and her dad must figure out how to interact with the boy in “Riley’s First Date.” It’s a nice little follow up to “Inside Out.” Riley is getting older and will be dating and her father is going to have to deal with boys showing up to see his daughter. It’s something I’m sure almost any girl dad experiences, and it’s really cool to see the emotions inside his head control his reactions, right down to liking the kid because they both like AC/DC.
“Inside Out” is one of my all-time favorite Pixar films, so I love seeing the characters again. It’s also cool to see the emotions inside of other people. I know we got a little bit of a glimpse in the movie, but this is the first time we see how the emotions inside Riley’s dad work together to help control his demeanor. I really hope to see more shorts like this one, where we see the reactions of the emotions inside other people. I don’t want too many of them because I don’t want overkill, but one or two more would be nice.
I’ve always loved Pixar’s style of animation ever since I first saw “Toy Story.” I love it when I see it in movies. And, I love it when I see it in shorts. There’s something about the style that is just so visually pleasing to me. With more movies moving to 3D computer animation, it’s not as unique as it once was, but in my opinion, Pixar still delivers the best versions of it.
While I thoroughly enjoyed this short, it wasn’t the best Pixar short I’ve ever seen. It doesn’t have the humor of “Mike’s New Car” or “Jack Jack Attack.” It doesn’t have the poignancy of the Spark Shorts. It’s fun, but it’s nothing spectacular. Still, it’s good enough that I’d like to see more.
Ranking: 2.5 stars out of 5
What did you think of “Riley’s First Date?”