Inside Out is a 2015 American 3D computer-animated comedy-drama film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures.
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 is a happy, hockey-loving 11-year-old Minnesota girl, but her world turns upside-down when she and her parents move to San Francisco. Riley's emotions, Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust and Anger try to guide her through this difficult, life-changing event. However, the stress of the move brings Sadness 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.
Why It Rocks
- Clever and creative concept of the human mind and how things such as emotions, memories, imaginary friends, dreams, and the subconscious work.
- The idea of a movie about how the human mind works from the inside perspective is interesting.
- Beautifully done animation, with the real world having a down-to-earth style, and Riley's mind being very bright and colorful.
- The emotions (Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust and Anger) are very interesting characters with their creative designs and one-dimensional personalities that are actually handled very well.
- 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 credits scene when the dog's emotions were discussing to grab the food and the scaredy cat scene was funny as well.
- Fantastic direction of Pete Docter.
- Heartwarming and nice-sounding musical score of Michael Giacchino.
- Bing Bong's death and Sadness saving Riley from running away are both emotional and touching moments.
- It delivers powerful messages about accepting change, and that it's fine to have negative feelings too.
- The Tripledent gum commercial song is very funny and catchy.
- Throughout the film, there are no real villains that ever appeared (except for Jangles who could count for some people)
- The voice performance of Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Richard Kind, Lewis Black, Bill Hader, Mindy Kaling are all amazing.
- A majority of the film's messages aren't portrayed with dialogue, but instead shown visually rather than outright explained to the audience.
- It feels a little confusing how Riley's emotions all look different, but everyone else's emotions look the same. It was probably to stand out Riley's emotions than the others, as they were the protagonists.
- 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.
Inside Out was praised for its concept, screenplay, subject matter, 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.
- Co-director Peter Docter was inspired to make the film after watching his daughter change as she was growing up.
- 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.
- The distinct personalities of the different emotions were inspired by the dwarfs in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
- 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.
- In an early version of the script it was Joy and Fear who got lost together, instead of Joy and 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. Ultimately, the role actually ended up being played by Black himself!
- 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!”
- The film was nominated at the 88th Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Screenplay.