I love hearing about the inside scoop on some of my favorite Disney movies! Inside Out is no different. Thanks to Marshall over at Disney we not only got to read the production notes from the film but the transcripts from the press conference as well! Reading them turned out to be a treasure trove of funny bits and interesting information about the actors and the movie. I thought it would be great to share the highlights of that with all of you.
One of the questions asked of the voice cast was to share the Disney and/0r Pixar movie that most influenced them. Amy Poehler (Joy) and Phyllis Smith (Sadness) mentioned Cinderella and Amy included Sleeping Beauty and Snow White. When Mindy Kaling (Disgust) answered she said, “(S)ince I bare no passing resemblance to any princesses is hard to really attach to them; but I really liked Robin Hood as portrayed by a fox and I thought that he was very dashing and while not human, I had a crush on him. Is that okay to say? Is that all right to say?”
It’s always interesting to hear about the development of the story and the characters, and with an animated film like Inside Out there are more levels to that than on other projects. Jonas Rivera (Producer) mentioned how headquarters was “almost like this combination of It’s a Small World and an Apple store.” He also talked about how they came up with the shapes of the characters. “Joy was a star, and she was literally this golden, illuminated, almost like a sparkler, like an explosion. Even her body language, she’s always out. And Sadness was a teardrop, so even the shape and color and her hair, sort of almost a waterfall. Fear was just a raw nerve. He drew this straight line, like he is tight and conservative, and he’s − I don’t know − he’s wound up. Anger’s a brick, this immovable briquette or something that could blow his top. He just was a square. And Disgust was a stalk of broccoli. He (Albert Lozano, character art director) just drew that like our kids would be disgusted by that.”
My favorite quote from the press conference though was when Bill Hader (Fear) was asked what makes Inside Out a great movie for kids. What he said made you really think about how much of an impact movies can have on a child. Bill said, “What’s so great about this movie is that they chose to make a film about a time in your life that we all have to go through – …when you’re an adolescent, things start to change and things start to get a little hard for you and a lot of normal movies don’t talk about that. I wish I had that growing up because I would go through that (adolescence) and you look for answers and you think you’re the only one going through this thing and they did in this film in such a beautiful, fantastical way and that’s why you have to see it. It’s a movie I wish existed – my life would have been a little easier I think if this movie existed when I was a kid.”
Of course, Pete Docter (Director) and Jonas couldn’t leave without being asked if they would give an update on Toy Story 4. Pete simply said, “No.” And Jonas responded, “I was gonna say there are toys in it.” Pete, “Okay.”
Inside Out opens in theaters on June 19th. Be sure to see this movie for yourself!