My son and I had the opportunity to preview Disney Pixar’s Inside Out at the Seattle International Film Festival. I told my son that there was also going to be a Q&A with the director and producer. My son being a total Disney nerd knew exactly who the director was (Pete Doctor) and all the other Disney movies he has directed like Up, Monster’s Inc. and Toy Story.
Inside Out is now in theaters nationwide. You will want to make sure to add it to your summer “must see” movie list. It’s a great feel good movie for the whole family. Seeing this movie will tug at all you emotions, you will laugh, you will smile, you may even cry. Disney and Pixar have created a wonderful, colorful movie with a great message. It get’s 2 thumbs up from me and my family.
As usual, there is a Pixar short at the beginning of the movie. This one’s called Lava, it’s about volcanoes and love (weird combo, right?) The music is awesome and the song has been sung at our house for two week now. My son can even play the tune on his ukulele now. You will be humming the tune at your house too (or you may be singing the fun and annoying commercial jingle from Inside Out instead).
Here are some fun things we learned about the making of Inside Out from Pete Doctor (director) and Jonas Rivera (producer):
With the cast being so big, was it challenging to find the right person to fit each character? They actually found Riley fairly quickly, she was a local girl that came in to help them with the reading and she fit the part so well she got the job. Bill Hader (Fear) actually flew up on his own dime so he could check it out. They told him “you have to be Fear” and he took the job. Amy Poehler (Joy) seemed to be perfect for the role of Joy, it seems to me they could have fit the entire movie around a character just for her. I personally think they hit the nail on the head casting each and every one of the actors.
Were there any major changes made to the film than when it first was pitched: Originally the film had Joy paired with Fear throughout the movie. Pete mentioned that fear was with him through his junior high years so it seemed like a perfect fit. Later they changed it to pair Joy with Sadness to get the movie you see in the theater now.
Were any characters based off of anyone in real life? Pete mentioned that the thought of the movie and Riley came from his own daughter Elie when she turned 11, he often thought “what is going on in her head”?
Did you choose the colors of the emotions for certain reasons? Both Pete and Jonas mentioned that some emotions were easy to choose, like blue for sadness and red for anger, because we associate those colors with emotions anyway. Green came disgust because of the broccoli and yellow seemed like a joyful happy color. Which kind of left fear to be purple. They joked that they hope everyone now associated fear with purple. Just like when you say you are “blue” when you are sale you will say you are “purple” when you are scared.
You can check out what the video video featuring the cast of INSIDE OUT explaining what they think goes into making a Pixar animated movie.
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I was provided with movie tickets in exchange for posting information on Disney Pixar’s Inside Out, all thoughts and opinions are my own.