From the Inside Out. Notes from the Movie

From the Inside Out. Notes from the Movie


There are some pretty creative minds in this world. As I watch shows like Shark Tank, I realize that some people are able to visualize a solution to a problem that many of us may not even realize is an issue. Books that you can’t put down, movies that have you on the edge of your seat, music that drives your emotions and technology that you would have only thought could be in movies are all examples of inventive minds making imagination a reality. Last month during the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration, I heard Pixar Producer Jonas Rivera share some background about how Inside Out came about and have anxiously awaited the release since.

Pixar's Inside Out movie takes you inside a mind. - #InsideOutEvent #DisneySMMC

For years, the team at Pixar watched Pete Docter’s daughter grow from a joyful, fun child into an adolescent. As a young child, she would run and play around the office, full of life. Then one day, she didn’t. It was that dramatic change the encouraged them to pitch the idea for Inside Out. The response “Be wrong as quickly as we can do it.” Their intention was to provide some logical explanations for the attitude-filled actions we see when kids hit that age. This clip hits it dead on:

Jonas explained that it took 5 years to complete the movie with the entire team at Pixar participating in screenings and feedback sessions. Everyone participated – Security, Payroll, HR – not just the production people. They wanted outside opinions and that’s what worked. Each character in the “Brain Trust” was depicted by a shape. Joy was a yellow star, Sadness a blue teardrop, Anger a red square, Disgust a green triangle (kind of the shape and color of broccoli) and Fear was a purple squiggly question mark looking thing. When Lewis Black was asked to play the part, Jonas recalls him saying, “Real great stretch casting, guys.”

He explained that they actually struggled with the creation of Joy. As much as we all love the bubbly, cheerleader people in our lives, we can only endure so much sugar-coated happiness. Admit it, it gets annoying when you’re around people who are perpetually happy. The producers sat down with Amy Poehler who had ideas on how to shape Joy into it into the character she is in the final production.

Then there were challenges with Headquarters and how to actually design a brain that is appealing, interesting AND tells the story well. Jonas described her mind as, “a cross between It’s a Small World and the Apple Store.”

Joy, Anger, Sadness, Disgust and Fear. You've never seen them quite like this before. -

Inside Out is one of those movies that not only appeals to kids, but also is entertaining for adults. Each character provides depth to the story, many in unexpected ways. The film provides an explanation for our personality traits, why a commercial jingle from years ago becomes an earworm and even why we forget some of our memories. Who knew such a complex concept such as a brain could be animated in a way that even kids can understand. While some movies seem to linger, this one kept our interest the entire time. It will make you laugh and cry. It may even make you go “A-ha! That explains Déjà vu\!”

It’s a great movie and I suspect one that will set box office records and spur plenty of Inside Out movie merchandise. With such a great story and an an amazing team, how can it not? Check out the cast!

Amy Poehler voices Joy in Pixar's Inside Out movie. - #InsideOutEvent

Amy Poehler as Joy

Lewis Black voices Anger in Pixar's Inside Out movie. - #InsideOutEvent

Lewis Black voices Anger

Phyllis Smith voices Sadness in Pixar's Inside Out movie. - #InsideOutEvent #DisneySMMC

Phyllis Smith voices Sadness

Mindy Kaling voices Disgust in Pixar's Inside Out movie. - #InsideOutEvent

Mindy Kaling voices Disgust

Bill Hader voices Fear in Pixar's Inside Out movie. - #InsideOutEvent

Bill Hader voices Fear

I’ll be honest and say that I’m glad I had tissues in my purse. With 12 and 10 year old daughters, there were a few times that the story line just hit really close to home. Even though I saw it when it premiered in Hollywood, I’m still anxious to see it with the kids this weekend.

Be sure you arrive on time because you won’t want to miss the previews as well as the animated short, LAVA. You’ll walk away singing that song.

Disney Pixar’s Inside Out movie opens in theaters TODAY so add it to your to-do list and is even available in 3D! You can find trailers, character images and more on Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. You can even grab Inside Out stickers on Facebook.

Will you be heading to see Inside Out this weekend?

Nicole Brady

About Nicole Brady

Founder and owner of, Nicole has been involved in social media marketing since 2007. She has partnered with a number of major corporations who utilized her skills to improve their social media outreach and online presence. Nicole has worked closely with brands such as Netflix, Nintendo, Domino's and Disney, has been featured in McDonald's videos as well as Maria Bailey's book "Power Moms". Always a SAHM (stay-at-home-mom) and mother of two amazing daughters, if you can't find Nicole, she is probably somewhere being an advocate for playing board games.

20 comments on «From the Inside Out. Notes from the Movie»

  1. That movie looks so cute! What a great cast too. I love it when kids’ movie are entertaining for the parents as well.

    1. Nicole says:

      Agreed, Colleen. There have been many movies we took the kids to that I’ve wished for my time and money back. This one is definitely worth my time and money! I’ve already been told by some adult friends (that don’t have kids) that they went to see it and really enjoyed it!

  2. Danielle says:

    Aww, this movie looks like so much fun! I love everyone in the cast too. I know my little monsters will enjoy this thoroughly.

  3. Cool! It was really interesting learning the background story about the movie before I actually see the movie. Thanks also for the warning to bring kleenex.

  4. CourtneyLynne says:

    this movie looks so cute! I can’t wait to take my daughter to see it! I think we both will enjoy it 🙂

  5. I can’t wait to see this movie! Disney keeps coming out with such amazing movies this year!

  6. Chrysa says:

    I can’t believe I still haven’t seen this movie! I missed both of our local previews because of traveling and am still on another trip now. It is a MUST for when I get home this week! My husband saw it Monday and he loved it!

  7. I really loved the Lava short. Can’t wait to see the rest of Inside Out.

    1. Nicole says:

      Did the Lava short make you cry? It gets to me each time I see it, Heather.

  8. This is so cool. I can’t believe that it takes so long to make movies.

  9. LOVE this movie, we have seen it 2X! This is great information, what an amazing experience to get to see and hear all of the movie info 1st hand!

  10. I can not wait to see this movie. I am almost more excited to see it than the kids. I love seeing these behind the scenes.

  11. Rosey says:

    Ha, thanks for the heads up on the tissues. I’ll be sure to bring some along. 😉 This movie sounds great!

  12. Babita says:

    Ever since I saw the trailer for this movie, I have wanted to check it out. We are having an Inside Out scenario in our house everyday with my beautiful teenager.

  13. sharon phillips says:

    Great movie. I loved it. So did the kids. We saw it in 3D. It was awesome.

  14. MJ says:

    This insight is wonderful! I wondered how they came up with the idea. I adore this movie and it brought up some necessary and awkward conversations with my five and nine-year-olds. It was great!

  15. Suzan says:

    I enjoyed this movie much more than I expected

  16. Joann Adams says:

    I can’t wait to see this movie. It looks like alot of fun!

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