Inside Out (2015 film)

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Inside Out
Inside Out (2015 film) poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Pete Docter
Produced by Jonas Rivera
Screenplay by Pete Docter[1]
Meg LeFauve[1]
Josh Cooley[1]
Story by Pete Docter[2]
Ronnie del Carmen[2]
Starring Amy Poehler
Phyllis Smith
Bill Hader
Lewis Black
Mindy Kaling
Kaitlyn Dias
Diane Lane
Kyle MacLachlan
John Ratzenberger
Music by Michael Giacchino[3]
Edited by Kevin Nolting[2]
Distributed by Walt Disney Studios
Motion Pictures
Release dates
  • May 18, 2015 (2015-05-18) (Cannes)
  • June 19, 2015 (2015-06-19) (United States)
Running time
94 minutes[4]
Country United States
Language English

Inside Out is an upcoming 2015 American 3D computer-animated fantasy-comedy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The film is based on an original idea by Pete Docter,[5] who is directing the film along with co-director Ronnie del Carmen, and producer Jonas Rivera.[6] The film's voice cast features Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling, Kaitlyn Dias, Diane Lane, Kyle MacLachlan and John Ratzenberger. The film will be set in the mind of a young girl, Riley Anderson, where five emotions—Joy, Anger, Disgust, Fear and Sadness—try to lead the girl through her life.[5][7]

The film had its world premiere on May 18, 2015, at the 68th Cannes Film Festival in an out-of-competition screening,[8] followed by a wide theatrical release on June 19, 2015.[9] The film will also premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival on June 9, 2015 in an out-of-competition advanced screening.[10]


Riley is uprooted from her Midwest life, when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Riley and everyone else are guided by their emotions, Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness. The personified emotions live in Headquarters, the control centre 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, when Sadness accidentally causes herself and Joy to get lost, within the rest of Riley's Mind.

Although Joy, Riley’s main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the remaining emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school, while Joy and Sadness trek through the rest of Riley's Mind (including "Long Term Memory", "Imagination Land" and "Dream Productions"), in the process slowly discovering the bright side of life.[11]

Voice cast[edit]

Additional voice cast includes Paula Poundstone as Forgetter Paula,[16] Bobby Moynihan as Forgetter Bobby,[16] Paula Pell as a Dream Director and Mother's Anger,[16] and Lori Alan as Mother's Sadness.[17] Two muppeteers, Frank Oz and Dave Goelz, lent their voices to Subconscious Guard Dave and Subconscious Guard Frank, respectively.[16] The Red Hot Chili Peppers band member, Flea, voiced Mind Worker Cop Jake.[16] Several of the film's creators also contributed their voices, including the director Pete Docter as Father's Anger,[16] the writer Josh Cooley as Jangles the Clown,[18] and co-director Ronnie del Carmen who provided additional voices.[16] Pixar's regular voice actor, John Ratzenberger, lent his voice to Fritz.[16]


Pixar first revealed the following information on the upcoming film at D23 Expo 2011: "From director Pete Docter comes an inventive new film that explores a world that everyone knows, but no one has seen: inside the human mind."[6]

Michael Arndt worked for a year on the film's script and left the project in early 2011, knowing that "there may not be a single word written that remains in the final script."[19]

In an interview with Charlie Rose in early December 2011, John Lasseter gave details about the film: "It takes place in a girl's mind, and is about her emotions as characters."[20] In June 2012, he made a similar statement to Bleeding Cool, and gave further details:

Pete [Docter] has this way of constantly trying to figure out something that we’re all familiar with in some way... he's constantly looking for these kinds of things. You look at people oftentimes and they do something to make you go "What are they thinking?" or it's like how a song gets stuck in your head and you just can't get it out. Little quirky things like this that we all do. Certain emotions just seem to take us over, anger or happiness, where you start giggling and laughing and you can't stop. He thought "I want to take a look at that, explain that." His idea is that the emotions of this little girl are the characters and it takes place in the head of this little girl, and shows how they control things that go on. It's very, very clever and it's truly unlike anything you've ever seen, yet it explains things you've seen.[5]

At the 2013 SIGGRAPH convention, Docter gave The Hollywood Reporter some details on the film. He said the story was "one of the most challenging I've ever had to put together", because the film has to tell simultaneously what is happening to the girl and what is happening inside her mind.[21] He gave details on the design of the characters: "The characters are created with this energy because we are trying to represent what emotions would look like. They are made up of particles that actually move. Instead of being skin and solid, it is a massive collection of energy."[21]

Bleeding Cool published an article stating the title of Docter's next film would be The Inside Out.[22] Then on February 8, 2013, reported that the film’s title would be Inside Out.[23] Disney/Pixar officially announced the title on Twitter on April 17, 2013 during Cinema Con.[24] On August 9, 2013, at the D23 Expo it was announced that Amy Poehler, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling, Bill Hader and Phyllis Smith had joined the cast of the film.[25] Upon the trailer's unveiling, Diane Lane and Twin Peaks' Kyle MacLachlan were confirmed as voicing Riley's parents. Smith was chosen by the producer Jonas Rivera while he was watching Bad Teacher and saw her in the lunch scene. He called Docter and said "I think we found our Sadness."[26]

On May 25, 2014, it was announced that Michael Giacchino would be composing the music for the film, marking his second collaboration with Docter following Up.[3]

On June 19, 2014, Pixar gave LA journalists an early sneak preview of Lava, a short slated to accompany Inside Out in its initial theatrical release. The musical love story is directed by James Ford Murphy, and produced by Andrea Warren. The story was inspired by the isolated beauty of tropical islands and the explosive allure of ocean volcanoes, and is a musical love story that takes place over millions of years.[27]


Inside Out
Soundtrack album by Michael Giacchino
Released June 16, 2015
Recorded 2014-2015
Genre Score
Label Walt Disney
Pixar film soundtrack chronology
Monsters University
Inside Out
The Good Dinosaur (2015)
Michael Giacchino chronology
Jurassic World
Inside Out

The music for the film is Michael Giacchino's fifth collaboration with Pixar as a composer.[28] Walt Disney Records will release the soundtrack on June 16, 2015.[28]


A short film, set in the world of Inside Out titled Riley's First Date,[29] directed by Josh Cooley, the head of story on the film, will be released on the film's Blu-ray.[30]


Critical response[edit]

The film has so far received highly positive reviews from critics and film festival attendees. The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes lists a 100% approval rating, based on 18 reviews, with a rating average of 8.8/10.[31] On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating, the film has a score of 89 out of 100, based on 9 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".[32]

From CinemaCon[edit]

Following an advance screening at the CinemaCon on April 22, 2015, the film was well received by audiences. Praise was aimed for its smart storyline, although some wondered whether the concept was too complicated for young audiences and to attract family crowds.[33][34]

From Cannes[edit]

Following its Cannes premiere, the film attracted near-universal acclaim from film critics. Peter Debruge of Variety was effusive, calling it the studio's "greatest idea" and "a stunningly original concept that [...] promises to forever change the way people think about the way people think."[35] The Chicago Tribune‍‍ '​‍s Michael Phillips called it the studio's best since Up (also directed by Docter), a "consistently inventive and a heartening corrective to recent, stockholder-driven inferiorities."[36] Todd McCarthy of The Hollywood Reporter deemed it an "audacious concept" that stands among the most "conceptually trippy films" for family audiences.[2] "With its quite literally cerebral bent, I think Inside Out might have some trouble fully connecting with younger kids, but grown-ups are likely to shed more than a few tears," remarked Richard Lawson of Vanity Fair.[37] The Guardian‍‍ '​‍s Peter Bradshaw felt it "buoyant and sweet-natured," though slightly inferior to Pixar's best.[38]


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