ACP member contributes to debate over new Pixar film Inside Out

Pixar's new film Inside Out was the subject of an article in last weekend's Mail on Sunday which addressed concerns raised in parental forums over the depiction of its animated characters personifying different emotions inside a young girl's brain.

It explores the feeelings of an 11-year-old girl as she moves home with her parents - her emotions Sadness, Anger, Disgust and Joy are portrayed as different characters in the film which is due to be released on 24 July.

Although the article focused on concerns that Sadness was depicted as a frumpy fat girl while Joy was portrayed as slim and fashionable, child and adolescent psychotherapist Rachel Melville-Thomas, who was interviewed by the Mail on Sunday, praised the fim's message that children should be allowed to feel sadness in order to develop and grow up.

"It's absolutely essential that children are allowed to be sad. We are in an instant-fix culutre where we want children to 'snap out of it'." she said. "It's really important we understand things like sadness or fear, or anger, so the child feels listened to."

Read the article in full here

*NEW: This week Rachel Melville-Thomas was interviewed by the BBC about Inside Out for Radio 4's World Tonight programme. You can listen to the interview, which was broadcast on 22 July, here