While I was at Pixar Studios last month, I got a behind the scenes look at how the movie, Inside Out , was made and it was simply amazing!!!!  The amount of detail, work and thought (pun intended) that goes into an animated film is incredible.

Getting to chat with Production Designer, Ralph Eggleston (who also happened to have won an Academy Award for Best Short Animated Film) truly gave us  an Inside Look at Inside Out and now I get to share it with you!

Inside Out Interview with Ralph Eggleston

Take a closer look Inside The Mind Of The Movie Inside Out:

Fun Facts

  • They worked on this film for 5.5 years!!!!
  • Their biggest challenge was figuring out what the mind looked like (they are not referring to the brain), what you see in the movie is basically and educated guess.
  • They are essentially doing 2 films at once, the real world versus the mind world.
  • Connections with the characters was the most important thing in this film.
  • They have more background characters in this film then they have done in Pixar films in the past.
  • Spider webs and dew drops were the first visual inspiration for this film.


  • There is a visual difference between the 2 worlds so that you can distinguish between the 2 of them: Real world textures and lighting are desaturated with reflectivity while in the mind world it it is translucent with high contrast.
  • Colors were also used to portray Riley’s feelings, her initial memories are more colorful and then as her mood changes, those colors become more dull and gray.

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The Mind

  • When it comes to the mind world, the headquarters is the sun. The islands are the key elements of Riley’s personality and over time they can be built upon or added to.
  • There was a total of 284 designs for the train of thought.
  • The train stations throughout the mind are always there but their tracks disappear.
  • The dream people are cells.

I can’t wait to see the movie Inside Out when it opens in theaters on 6/19!

Inside Out Poster

Inside Out Official Synopsis:

Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it’s no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley’s main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.

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