Riley's First Date?

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Riley's First Date?
Riley's First Date? poster.jpg
Directed byJosh Cooley
Produced byMark Nielsen
Written byJosh Cooley
Story byYung-han Chang
Bobby Alcio Rubio
StarringAmy Poehler
Phyllis Smith
Bill Hader
Lewis Black
Mindy Kaling
Kaitlyn Dias
Diane Lane
Kyle MacLachlan
Music byMichael Giacchino
Edited byJason Brodkey
Distributed byWalt Disney Studios
Home Entertainment
Release date
  • August 14, 2015 (2015-08-14) (D23 Expo)
  • November 3, 2015 (2015-11-03)
(with Inside Out Blu-ray)
Running time
4 minutes
CountryUnited States

Riley's First Date? is a 2015 Pixar computer animated romantic comedy short film written and directed by Josh Cooley. It premiered on August 14, 2015, at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, California, and was included in the October 13, 2015, Digital HD release of Inside Out, as well as the November 3, 2015, Blu-ray release.[1] The short involves Riley's parents and their emotions, suspecting that Riley is going out on a date with a boy named Jordan.


Riley, now 12, is relaxing with her parents at home when a school friend, a boy named Jordan (seen briefly at the end of Inside Out), shows up to take her skating. Riley's parents suspect their daughter is going out on a date, and their emotions react. Riley's mother attempts to get the information out of her, by attempting to sound cool and using slang terms, much to Riley's (and her emotions') chagrin.

Riley's father tries to intimidate and interrogate Jordan. When Jordan mentions he plays in a band, Riley's father recalls his own memories of being in a band, and the two begin to bond over their shared love of AC/DC. Riley and her mother come downstairs, to see her father and Jordan playing air guitar to AC/DC's "Back in Black", causing embarrassment to Riley.

Riley quickly rushes Jordan out the door as her parents watch, concluding that Jordan is a "good kid" and feeling nostalgic about their own love.

The short ends with Riley's parents sharing a kiss, causing Riley's Dad's emotional center to erupt in excitement, and celebrate once again to AC/DC's "Back in Black". After the credits, we again see things from inside Riley's mother's head, as she enjoys the kiss to the music of Berlin's "Take My Breath Away".

She breaks off the kiss after a moment, and Riley's father goes to fix the table he knocked over.

Voice cast[edit]


If this kid just shows up and dad has no idea who he is, your mind goes crazy. 'Who is this person? What are they doing here?' Already the voices in your head are talking.

Josh Cooley, summing up how the plot was created, [2]

During the final year of Inside Out's production, Pixar got together to discuss a short based on the film.[3] According to Josh Cooley, "We had so much fun with the boy at the end of the movie that I wanted to put them in a situation and see what would happen there. I treated Riley's First Date? as if you were just watching more of Inside Out."[4]

Given most of Pixar's crew are fathers with daughters, and that Inside Out editor, Kevin Nolting, stated at the meeting that "Just wait until the first boy shows up", the plot was then developed into how Riley's parents would react to the boy, now named Jordan.[2]

Cooley started off from a personal anecdote, as the first time he met his father-in-law: "he was a little standoffish" until Cooley told he was in a band, and both started to connect as the father in law played drums.[5] Jordan's emotional immaturity was played for comedy and also in how "boys are behind. It felt right to have him be catching up, to have his mind act like a kid does."

Riley's First Date? was done in about ten months, employing the same character models and scenery from the feature, to the point the same camera shot is used in the take where Riley's mother's head is visited.[2]

While exploring various song choices, the producers eventually settled on AC/DC,[6][7] which Cooley considered a band that connected generations: "I went to their concert and there was a seven-year-old in front of me and an eighty-year-old behind me".[5]


  1. ^ Wolfe, Jennifer (August 14, 2015). "Pixar Debuts 'Inside Out' Short at D23 EXPO". Animation World Network. Retrieved January 22, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c Mcfarland, K. M. (October 16, 2015). "4 Things Riley's First Date? Reveals About Pixar". Wired. Retrieved January 22, 2017.
  3. ^ BackstageOL (November 25, 2015). "RILEY'S FIRST DATE: Josh Cooley & Mark Nielsen". YouTube. Retrieved January 22, 2017.
  4. ^ McKittrick, Christopher (February 16, 2016). ""Is this the best story we can tell?" – Inside Out". Creative Screenwriting. Retrieved February 16, 2016.
  5. ^ a b Desowitz, Bill (October 29, 2015). "Immersed in Movies: Talking the Adult Appeal of Pixar's 'Inside Out'". Indiewire. Retrieved January 22, 2017.
  6. ^ "Pixar team explains the rockin' music choices in 'Riley's First Date?'". HitFix. October 14, 2015. Archived from the original on October 18, 2015. Retrieved January 22, 2017.
  7. ^ HitFix (October 14, 2015). "'Inside Out' creators explain music choices of AC/DC and Berlin in 'Riley's First Date?'". Yahoo. Retrieved 22 January 2017.

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