Getting to sit down and chat with Pete Docter (Director) & Jonas Rivera (Producer) of Inside Out was pretty cool because they are 2 of the brilliant minds behind the movie.


It’s one thing to see how it is made but it’s another to hear about how the movie came to be. Here’s what I learned from our conversation:

About the movie

  • They wanted to do something relatable but nothing that has ever been seen before. They want the film to be authentic and real.
  • Pete and Jonas go way back, they actually worked on the movie “Up” together
  • Pete’s daughter was the inspiration for the film because as a child she was outgoing and bubbly and that changed when she turned 11….He wondered what was going on in her head.
  • The story is told from a Parent’s point of view.
  • Memories are a big part of the movie, like 3D snow globes.


  • The first language we speak is emotion. Each emotion has a job.
  • They spoke with psychologist and neurologist…there was no agreement on how many emotions there are.
  • The characters are made of energy
  • Each character has been designed to represent something in their “category: Joy (Starburst), Sadness (tear drop), Disgust (broccoli), Fear (raw nerve) & Anger (brick)
  • Pride initially included but it was a combo of joy and disgust.

Easter Eggs

  • Be on the lookout for Easter Eggs throughout the movie (Pizza Planet Truck, Pixar ball & star, dinosaur from future movies).

Watching Inside Out is definitely on our Summer 2015 Bucket List! Be on the lookout for it 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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