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Inside Out
Inside Out (2015 film) poster.jpg
Meet the little voices inside your head.
Genre: Animation
Directed By: Pete Docter
Written By: Pete Docter
Ronnie del Carmen
Starring: Amy Poehler
Phyllis Smith
Richard Kind
Lewis Black
Bill Hader
Mindy Kaling
Kaitlyn Dias
Diane Lane
Kyle MacLachlan
Distributed By: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Release Date: May 18, 2015 (Cannes)
June 19, 2015 (United States)
Runtime: 94 minutes
Country: United States
Sequel: Inside Out 2 (In development)

"A film that teaches kids they aren't responsible for their actions; it's just tiny people inside their heads pushing their brain buttons."
Honest Trailer

Inside Out is a 2015 American 3D computer-animated comedy-drama film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney PicturesInside Out premiered in competition at the 68th Cannes Film Festival on May 18, 2015, and was theatrically released in the United States on June 19 as Pixar's 15th feature film.

Docter first began developing Inside Out in 2010, after noticing changes in his daughter's personality as she grew older. The film's producers consulted numerous psychologists including Dacher Keltner from the University of California, Berkeley, who helped revise the story by emphasizing the neuropsychological findings that human emotions affect interpersonal relationships and can be significantly moderated by them.


Riley (Kaitlyn Dias) is a happy, hockey-loving 11-year-old Midwestern girl, but her world turns upside-down when she and her parents move to San Francisco. Riley's emotions -- led by Joy (Amy Poehler) -- try to guide her through this difficult, life-changing event. However, the stress of the move brings Sadness (Phyllis Smith) to the forefront. When Joy and Sadness are inadvertently swept into the far reaches of Riley's mind, the only emotions left in Headquarters are Anger, Fear and Disgust who only prompt further deterioration. In order to head back the headquarters, they must help with Bing Bong, who is Riley's childhood imaginary friend.

Why It's Emotional

  1. Clever and creative concept by Pixar of the human mind and how things such as emotions, memories, imaginary friends, dreams, and the subconscious work.
  2. Beautifully done animation, with the real world having a down-to-earth style, and Riley's mind being very bright and colorful, especially for Pixar standards.
  3. The emotions (Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust and Anger) are very interesting main characters characters with their creative designs and one-dimensional personalities that are actually handled very well.
  4. Funny moments, such as when the emotions are thinking of ideas of what to do and Anger suggests, "We could lock ourselves in our room and scream that curse word we know - it's a good one!", and the end credits scene when the dog's emotions were discussing to grab the food and the scaredy cat scene was funny as well.
  5. Fantastic direction of Pete Docter, like with his previous films Monsters, Inc. and Up, with a nice balance of emotion and humor.
  6. Heartwarming and nice-sounding musical score by Michael Giacchino. You should definitely listen to the entire soundtrack, but here are some of the most notable tracks out of it:
    • "Bundle of Joy", played during Riley's birth and the subsequent introduction of Joy as well as opening logo.
    • "Nomanisone Island/National Movers", played when Riley and her family are headed off for her ice hockey match as the film comes to a close. Sweet and heartwarming as many of the tracks here, the stirring, soft instrumentation shows the joy of family as Riley's emotions are all back at work, all with a clear purpose.
    • "We Can Still Stop Her", a tense song played when Riley is running away from home, while Joy tries to reach the HQ in time to stop her.
    • "Tears of Joy", played during Joy's breakdown in the memory dump.
    • "Rainbow Flyer", used when Joy and Bing Bong attempt to escape the memory dump in their wagon rocket.
    • "Joy Turns to Sadness/A Growing Personality", which is used during Riley's breakdown to her parents, Joy learning that being sad is an important part of living, and Riley's console getting an upgrade as she gets older.
    • The end theme "The Joy of Credits", which is essentially eight minutes of orchestra/light jazz music.
  7. Bing Bong's death and Sadness saving Riley from running away are both emotional and touching moments. What can we tell you? Inside Out being about emotions, can give you some very sad moments.
  8. It delivers powerful messages about accepting change and embracing all of your feelings since they're all important. It's fine to have negative feelings too.
    • There is also another one is that it is alright to cry and/or feel sad sometimes. There are many, many people who feel that you need to be happy all the time, and even some people who believe that if you aren't always happy then there's something wrong with you. Those are the people who need this anvil.
  9. The Tripledent Gum jingle is very funny and catchy, hence its status as a an ear worm in the world of the story. At 13 seconds long it's probably the shortest piece of music from the film. What's awesome about it? The fact it's an intentional Ear Worm written specially for the film, which is no easy feat! No wonder Anger gets so mad when he hears it.
  10. The voice performances of Amy Poehler (Joy), Phyllis Smith (Sadness), Richard Kind (Bing Bong), Lewis Black (Anger), Bill Hader (Fear), and Mindy Kaling (Disgust) are all amazing.
  11. A majority of the film's messages aren't portrayed with dialogue, but instead shown visually rather than outright explained to the audience.
  12. The movie shows that clichés are easily avoided and puts this fact into strong use.
  13. Much like tons of Pixar movies, there is great chemistry between the characters, like Joy and Sadness.
  14. Throughout the film, there aren't any real villains that ever appeared, except for Jangles who could count for some people, through he doesn't have a large amount of screen-time, since he only appeared for one scene when Joy, Sadness and Bing Bong are escaping.
  15. Bing-Bong is a great and hilarious secondary character with an interesting arc. He starts out annoying, self-centered, not really very helpful, and in fact detrimental to the quest at more than one point. Then he sees that Riley really has outgrown him, and given the pattern that both Disney and Pixar movies were showing at the time, it would have surprised very few viewers if he were to become Inside Out's "Hidden Bad Guy." Then he defies all expectations with a surprising and very moving heroic sacrifice. Way to go, Bing Bong. Way to go.
  16. It shows that complex and serious subject matter can work really well for kids movies, as demonstrated with the topic of depression explored throughout the movie.

Bad Qualities

  1. It feels a little confusing and never explained how Riley's emotions has different gender, but everyone else's emotions has only their sex and the same of the gender. It was probably to stand out Riley's emotions than the others, as they were the protagonists.
    • Its also confusing how all the emotions act like their person, but Riley's tend to be people controlling her and referring to her as third person, but this was probably for the same reason above.
  2. Most of the story has the typical Pixar beats of "Two characters forced to hang together and need to get back somewhere in a limited time while dealing with their differences" which can feel a bit tired at this point with pacing, which does go pretty slow at times, even if it puts into strong used and the pacing works well.


Before the movie was released, fans and critics concerned Pixar with the sequels' overdependence, which occurred the announcement of Toy Story 4, and their films declining in quality. Likewise, DreamWorks Animation's competition with Pixar was disappointed within the latter's absence, leading to speculation that computer-animated films were "in a funk".

When it premiered in June 2015, Inside Out was praised for its concept, screenplay, subject matter, plot, Michael Giacchino's musical score, and the vocal performances (particularly those of Poehler, Smith, Black, and Richard Kind). Review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a rating of 98%, based on 370 reviews, with a rating average of 8.93/10, which makes it one of the highest-rated animated films of all time when ratings are adjusted for the number of reviewers. The website's critical consensus reads, "Inventive, gorgeously animated, and powerfully moving, Inside Out is another outstanding addition to the Pixar library of modern animated classics." The film also topped the site's Top 100 Animation Movies list and occupies the third-highest position of a film released in the 21st century on the Top 100 Movies of All Time list at number 8. On Metacritic the film has a score of 94 out of 100, based on 55 critics, indicating "universal acclaim". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A" on an A+ to F scale.

Box office

Like other Pixar movies, it was the box office success. The movie earned $356.9 million in the United States and Canada and $501.9 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $858.8 million. It was the seventh-highest-grossing film of 2015.

Despite the success, the film did very poorly in China compared to the rest of the world, where it only made $12 million on its opening weekend and a mere $3 million for the rest of its run. For frame of reference, the next effort to release a Pixar film in China - specifically, Finding Dory - made over $17 million in its first three days, and nearly doubled the total gross of Inside Out by the end of its second weekend. Likewise, despite being popular at the Cannes film festival in the country, the film also failed in France because it was overshadowed by Minions as well as the locally produced One Wild Moment.



  • Jangles the Clown is inspired by Pennywise the Dancing Clown from Stephen King's It.
    • Ironically, Bill Hader (the voice of Fear) would ended up being played adult Richie Tozier from It Chapter Two.
  • Director Peter Docter was inspired to make the film after watching his daughter change as she was growing up.
  • The first film to use the alternate opening current Disney and Pixar logo music.
  • According to Word of God, Joy is 4'2 in relation to the environment of the Mind World. If she was scaled to an equal size in the human world (or, conversely, Riley in Headquarters as in the earliest idea), there's a chance that Riley would be One Head Taller than her, depending on how tall Riley actually is. Though in one of the film's earliest drafts Joy was small enough to sit on Riley's shoulder when she (Joy) did go "inside out".
  • Pete Doctor has confirmed that Riley having both male and female emotions does not mean the character was conceived as being gender fluid. He claims that the only reason the emotions are mixed-gender is because it was funny to him.
  • Joy's effervescent skin was originally supposed to be limited to just her, but the producers liked it so much that they applied it to every character – even though it increased the budget significantly.
  • Pixar animators originally drew six emotions – including “Surprise” in addition to the final five.
  • The movie featured about 45 animators, about half as many as previous Pixar films.
  • Kaitlyn Dias (Riley) revealed in an interview that while recording the scenes where Riley is crying, she was also crying as well in the recording studio. She would imagine her cat, May, dying to trigger an authentic emotional response.
  • The distinct personalities of the different emotions were inspired by the dwarfs in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
  • On March 22nd, 2016, Starz Kidz played a 2:00AM encore airing of a broadcast that had happened 5 hours prior. Right when it got to the part where Joy and Bing Bong fall in the memory dump, the Brussels attacks began. This caused Starz to limit airings of this movie across their networks.
  • All of the emotions in the film have intentional shapes. Joy is shaped like a star, Sadness resembles a teardrop, Anger looks like a brick, Fear is tall and thin like a nerve and Disgust is shaped like a piece of broccoli.
  • Bing Bong does not say "Take her to the moon for me, Joy." He actually says: "Take her to the moon for me, okay?".
  • An Internet meme reaction sparked AlDub's reference to Inside Out, using Joy and Disgust to emphasize their differentiations. During the COVID-19 pandemic, it was one of the 35 films recommended people watch by The Independent.
  • In an early version of the script it was Joy and Fear who got lost together, instead of Sadness.
  • Peter Docter enlisted the help of psychologists and other experts to serve as consultants throughout the making of this film in order to make the way Riley’s mind works scientifically accurate.
  • When Peter Docter originally pitched the concept for the film, he’d envisioned someone like Lewis Black voicing the part of Anger, who was cast for the role anyway.
  • When they were pitching Mindy Kaling, who would ultimately land the role of Disgust, she was moved to tears. She 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.” Co-director Peter Docter quickly exclaimed, “Quick! Write that down!”
  • In the Japanese version, broccoli is replaced with green peppers because broccoli isn't viewed as disgusting to the little kid's eyes as green peppers. Hockey was also replaced with soccer (football; if you are from the UK or another country that doesn't call soccer, "football") since hockey is a minor sport in Japan and isn't as popular as it is in the United States.
  • There is also a music video of the movie titled "Itoshi no Riley" (愛しのライリー, "Riley my Darling"). It is played as the Japanese theme song to the film and can be played in Japanese cinemas before the showings start.

Pixar Animation Studios

Toy Story - A Bug's Life - Toy Story 2 - Monsters, Inc. - Finding Nemo - The Incredibles - Cars - Ratatouille - WALL-E - Up - Toy Story 3 - Cars 2 - Brave - Monsters University - Inside Out - The Good Dinosaur - Finding Dory - Cars 3 - Coco - Incredibles 2 - Toy Story 4 - Onward - Soul - Luca - Turning Red - Lightyear - Elemental - Elio - Inside Out 2

Short movies:

Theatrical short films:

The Adventures of André and Wally B. - Luxo Jr. - Red's Dream - Tin Toy - Knick Knack - Geri's Game - For the Birds - Boundin' - One Man Band - Lifted - Presto - Partly Cloudy - Day & Night - La Luna - The Blue Umbrella - Lava - Sanjay's Super Team - Piper - Lou - Bao

SparkShorts series:

Purl - Smash and Grab - Kitbull - Float - Wind - Loop - Out - Burrow - Twenty Something - Nona


Mike's New Car - Jack-Jack Attack - Mr. Incredible and Pals - Mater and the Ghostlight - Your Friend the Rat - BURN-E - Dug's Special Mission - George and A.J. - The Legend of Mor'du - Party Central - Riley's First Date? - Marine Life Interviews - Miss Fritter's Racing Skoool - Auntie Edna - Lamp Life - 22 vs. Earth - Ciao Alberto

Short series:

Cars Toons:

Mater's Tall Tales:

Rescue Squad Mater - Mater the Greater - El Materdor - Tokyo Mater - Unidentified Flying Mater - Monster Truck Mater - Heavy Metal Mater - Moon Mater - Mater Private Eye - Air Mater - Time Travel Mater

Tales from Radiator Springs:

Hiccups - Bugged - Spinning - The Radiator Springs 500½

Toy Story Toons:

Hawaiian Vacation - Small Fry - Partysaurus Rex

Forky Asks a Question:

What Is Money? - What Is a Friend? - What Is Art? - What Is Time - What Is Love? - What Is a Computer? - What Is a Leader? - What Is a Pet? - What Is Cheese? - What Is Reading?

Pixar Popcorn:

To Fitness and Beyond - Unparalleled Parking - Dory Finding - Soul of the City - Fluffy Stuff with Ducky and Bunny: Love - Chore Day the Incredibles Way - A Day in the Life of the Dead - Fluffy Stuff with Ducky and Bunny: Three Heads - Dancing with the Cars - Cookie Num Num

Dug Days:

Squirrel! - Puppies - Flowers - Smell - Science

Television series:

Buzz Lightyear of Star Command (co-production) - Monsters at Work - Cars On The Road - Win or Lose

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