A few weeks ago, we were lucky to attend a lecture where two of Pixar’s top talent, Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera, spoke about their latest film, Inside Out. They asked us not to take any photos or video since during their presentation, they showed clips of the movie that won’t be released to the public until the movie opens in June.
It was a fascinating discussion and they showed us the origins of the movie and how they did meticulous research to develop the story. The premise of the film is that five driving emotions (Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust, Worry) are at play in a young girl’s mind and how she navigates life through the eyes of these emotions. My undergraduate major and master’s degree were in psychology and it was amazing to see how deeply into the research the film’s creators delved. Theo enjoyed seeing how the animators drew sketches by hand and by computer and how it ended up being the film we got to see.
The voice talent on this film is also amazing — including Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, and Phyllis Smith (from The Office). We got to watch almost 15 full minutes of the completed film and I absolutely cannot wait to see the whole thing. Yes, it’s a Pixar animated film and for children and families, but I have a feeling that this will be a really emotional film for all ages. It opens on June 19!