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Inside Out [2015] (3 discs)
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Director:Pete Docter
Ronnie Del Carmen
Writer:Josh Cooley
Meg LeFauve
Pete Docter
Composer:Michael Giacchino
Length:94 minutes
(1 hour 34 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG
Sorting Category:Family
IMDB Rating:8.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:98%
Amazon Rating:4.0/5 stars
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  • Fantasy
  • Family
  • CG
  • Comedy
  • Kids
  • Drama
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Synopsis: After young Riley is uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San Francisco, her emotions - Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness - conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house, and school.


Reaction: Inventive and very emotive. Love this one. Pixar's amazing.


Personal Rating: 9/10

Select Cast and Crew
Pete Docter => Director / Writer / Additional Voices (voice)
Ronnie Del Carmen => Director
Josh Cooley => Writer / Jangles (voice)
Meg LeFauve => Writer
Michael Giacchino => Composer
Amy Poehler => Joy (voice)
Bill Hader => Fear (voice)
Bob Bergen => Additional Voices (voice) (uncredited)
Bobby Moynihan => Forgetter Bobby (voice)
Dave Goelz => Subconscious Guard Frank (voice)
Diane Lane => Mom (voice)
Flea => Mind Worker Cop Jake (voice)
Frank Oz => Subconscious Guard Dave (voice)
Jess Harnell => Additional Voices (voice) (uncredited)
Jim Ward => Additional Voices (as James Kevin Ward) (voice)
John Ratzenberger => Fritz (voice)
Kaitlyn Dias => Riley (voice)
Kyle MacLachlan => Dad (voice)
Lewis Black => Anger (voice)
Mary Gibbs => Additional Voices (voice)
Mindy Kaling => Disgust (voice)
Paula Pell => Dream Director / Mom's Anger / Additional Voices (voice)
Paula Poundstone => Forgetter Paula (voice)
Phil Proctor => Additional Voices (voice)
Phyllis Smith => Sadness (voice)
Rashida Jones => Cool Girl's Emotions (voice)
Richard Kind => Bing Bong (voice)
Sherry Lynn => Additional Voices (voice)

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Preceded by Pixar's short film Lava in theaters.
  • Director Pete Docter has said that Bing Bong's voice actor, Richard Kind, was actually crying while recording the line, "Take her to the moon for me, Joy."
  • Some of the memory balls in Riley's mind contain scenes from other Pixar movies, such as Carl and Ellie's wedding in Up.
  • According to director Pete Docter, each emotion is based on a shape: Joy is based on a star, Sadness is a teardrop, Anger is a fire brick, Fear is a raw nerve, and Disgust is broccoli. He noted that he likes broccoli very much, however.
  • When Joy and Sadness are passing through Imagination Land, a board game called "Find Me" with a cartoon Nemo on it can be seen.
  • The writers considered up to 27 different emotions, but settled on five (Joy, Sadness, Disgust, Fear and Anger) to make it less complicated. Some of the major emotions that ended up being cut included Surprise, Pride, and Trust.
  • The bubbly texture of the emotions was originally supposed to be just on Joy, but then due to the difficulty of animating this unique design, after eight months, the animators decided to scrap it altogether because it became unaffordable. However, when Pixar Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter saw it, he said, "That's great. Put it on all the characters." Commenting on this incident, production designer Ralph Eggleston said, "You could hear the core technical staff just hitting the ground, the budget falling through the roof. But it was all good. They found a way to make it work."
  • For the voice of toddler-age Riley, the producers simply recycled old dialogue of Mary Gibbs, who provided the voice of Boo in Monsters, Inc.. She is even listed in the credits under additional voices.
  • When Pete Docter and [?] Jonas Rivera pitched the film to Mindy Kaling, she was moved to tears and said, "I think it's great that you guys are making a film that shows it's difficult to grow up and that it's okay to be sad about it." According to Pete Docter, they exclaimed, "Quick! Write that down!".
  • According to Lewis Black (who plays Anger), when Pixar pitched this film to him, he received a box of previous Pixar films and a letter that suggested, "... that I may not know who Pixar is. Which meant that they were crazy or they thought I was just some sort of recluse."
  • Psychologists and other experts were consulted so the writers could make the way Riley's mind works scientifically accurate. For example, it is believed that short-term memories made during the day are converted into long-term memories during sleep, which is what happens in Riley's mind.
  • Asked about being offered the role of Disgust, Mindy Kaling said, "I'm not asked to do that many things. I think I am sort of very specific, the way I look and talk and what I am interested in. So I sort of resigned myself to writing my own work. When I was asked to do this, the script was amazing. I went up to Pixar and I cried. I was just in a meeting with these guys and they showed me the story and I started weeping".
  • Because of Jurassic World's highly successful release, Inside Out is the first Pixar movie to debut at number two at the North American box office during its opening weekend. However, it was nonetheless Pixar's second largest opening weekend after Toy Story 3. Inside Out later reached number one in its third week, however, during the Fourth of July weekend.
  • Originally, Riley was supposed to have a pet and a younger sibling. Both ended up being dropped from the story to make Riley seem more vulnerable.
  • Depending on the country of release, Riley's father daydreams about either hockey or football (soccer).