The excitement is building. Only 19 more days until the release of Disney Pixar’s Inside Out! During the Inside Out Event in March we got to chat with the minds behind it all, Director Pete Docter and Producer Jonas Rivera! Read all about the behind the scenes information that they shared with us!
Tell us a little bit about the locations in the film.
Most of the films that we have done at Pixar have been any town USA, but for this one we wanted to make an effort for the towns to be very specific. When the characters are in Minnesota, it is a very specific town in Minnesota and even a specific street location that we used. For San Francisco we turned up the volume. We stretched out the buildings, made the hills bigger and twistier. We gave it a sense of character and fun.
Where there any other emotions that were on the table?
There were a few that did not last too long. Pride, he was very judgmental. Fear and Surprise, they felt too similar. Surprise felt more like a reaction, so surprise went away. From the get go this was an ensemble comedy. The goal was to have strong characters interplay as a group. When it gets too big, it starts to lose specificity.
Why did you decide to use the energy particles around the characters, especially Joy?
We wanted our characters to look the way our emotions feel. We did not have a way to do that, so they made a foggy look around the characters, but then they looked like ghosts, and we did not use that. Then they came up with the energy particles. This was a way for us to invoke energy. We did not want them to be distracting, just enough so you would notice it, but then ignore it. It is something that we have never seen before. It was the idea of energy, and it felt like the right ingredient.
All of the characters have the same hair color as their bodies except for Joy. Why?
Joy is our main character, and she is going to have to go through the broadest emotions so we wanted her to have more dimension to her. It kind of reflects the broadness of her as a character.
Joy is the character that looks the most human, is there a reason for that?
Joy is based on a star or explosion, she is Effervescent. She is probably the most human so that she can dance, and express herself in the film. Joy has this incredible affection for Riley even though they cannot appear on the same screen. Riley does not even know that Joy exists as a character. We wanted Joy to have a feeling of love, like a parent, for Riley.
Largely the movie was meant to personify the idea of growing up in a time when you pass a certain threshold and suddenly you are not a kid anymore, you are a young adult.
Is there an emotion that you relate to the most or one that is a favorite?
One of our writers said that I was like Joy, it was flattering, but sometimes I feel like I relate more to anger. I am not an angry guy, but I relate to the funniness of his character. – Pete Docter
I think Joy, because we have been able to live in sort of this Peter Pan existance of working on these films. We get to stay in touch with the things we loved about being kids. We are lucky we get to hold onto that. We are optimists, appreciators, and we work hard. – Jonas Rivera
Do any characters from your other films show up in Inside Out?
If you look closely at the memories on the shelf, there are a lot of little shots from UP. The memories have these little images and we did not want to reanimate them, so we took shots from UP. You can also see characters from Ratatouille and the Pizza Planet truck from The Incredibles. There is a cooking magazine on their coffee table and it has a picture of Collette from Ratatouille as a chef on it. People think we are really clever, it is just that we cannot afford to build another character. (Laughs.)
I did not realize that all of the characters inside Riley’s head are shapes until Pete and Jonas told us. The shapes for these characters started started off in story boarding and have a lot to do with their personality.
Joy is a star
Sadness is a teardrop
Fear is a raw nerve
Anger is a brick
Disgust is broccoli
Are you working on more than 1 movie at a time here at Pixar?
Right now there are 6 films in different stages of production here. Think of it as planes on a runway. There are some that are being fueled up, there are some that are on the runway, there is one or two that are sitting ready to go, Inside Out is now taking off. We are air born because we are done. We try to shuffle the deck between sequels and original stuff. Right now we have Inside Out and coming up is Dinosaur which is another original.
Inside Out is in theaters everywhere June 19th!