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It’s difficult to say I had an absolute favorite session when we were learning all about Inside Out because they were all incredible, but meeting with Director Pete Docter & Producer Jonas Rivera is seriously near the top of the list.
These guys are full of life and they love what they do and it shows! They were fun, informative and just super cool guys. Our sit down was really just like sitting with friends and chatting.
Meeting the Minds Behind Inside Out
Since it was a very typical question and answer type session I typed out some of the questions that I found most interesting with their answers. Take a look:
Q: Who is from Minnesota?
A: I am! (Pete Docter)In terms of Minnesota being the “happy place” we were more so using it as a metaphor for growing up. Most Pixar films have been any town USA generic towns, we made an effort to make this specific with Minnesota and San Francisco and all the way down to the details: the cities, street names, down to the things in Riley’s neighborhood. Ralph Eggleston wanted to make it as your memory of San Francisco instead of exact. Instead of getting a tape measure and making completely accurate, we made the hills twistier and the buildings bigger to give it a sense of caricature and fun.
Q: As far as the main emotions that you went with: Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger and Disgust, were there others on the table?
A: There were a few that didn’t last too long. Pride was one, Fear and Surprise were too similar. The goal through the whole thing was to make strong characters that could inter-play and have fun as a group. When it gets too big you lose the specificity. It just kinda felt right with the five.
Q: Why isn’t Joy’s hair yellow like body since the other characters have hair that matches their body color?
A: Joy is the main character, she’s going to have to go through the broadest change in emotions as a character. We wanted her to have more of dimension to her. The color reflects the broadness of her as a character.
Q: Was Inside Out always the name you had in mind for the movie?
A: No, it didn’t have a name for a long time. We called it “cake” just because. Everyone likes cake. (laughter)
Q: Are there any characters from other movies we should be watching for in Inside Out?
A: Yes, if you look closely, at the memories on the shelf there are a lot of little shots from Up. You’ll see characters from Ratatouille on a couple of magazines.
Q: What are those things around the characters? Why did you decide to use that?
A: The “energy particles” around each character were made because I wanted the character to look the way our emotions feel. We explored for a while. They made some that were sort of vaporous foggy that started to look more like ghosts. This felt like a way of making it not just skin and bones. We haven’t really seen it before, it evokes energy. We kind of kept pulling them back so they aren’t too distracting. We dialed the settings til we got it just enough so you would notice it and then ignore it. It was just this idea of energy that felt like the right ingredient.
And finally…the last question was a question I asked because of some conversation I heard. I was kinda nervous to ask this because I didn’t want them to feel I was bringing negativity to an amazing movie, but in the end I was so happy I asked because their answer was amazing!
Q: How would you respond to criticism of having the characters of Joy being outgoing and skinny and Sadness being shy and fat with glasses and people relating those characteristics to being happy and being sad?
A: We thought of the characters at first as more of basic elements and shapes. Joy was a star and outgoing, bright. Sadness was a teardrop and her hair was like a waterfall. It was about crying more than it was about shape or stature. Disgust was broccoli and Fear is a raw nerve and Anger was a brick.
Inside Out will be here soon!
Meeting the minds behind Inside Out was such an amazing experience. These guys did a fabulous job with the movie and I can’t wait to see it in the theater. Don’t forget…Inside Out will be in theaters soon!!!! It arrives in a theater near you on June 19, that’s just under three weeks away! Make plans to go see it now! In case you want to see the preview again (because who can get enough of it!?) here it is:
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