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Inside Look into Disney Pixar’s ‘Inside Out’

We attended the interview as a guest of Disney

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I fell in love with the film “Inside Out,” and I cannot wait to share it with my children this Friday when it comes out in theaters. It is my new favorite Pixar film of all-time filled with magic, love and emotion. Last last week, I drove up to Los Angeles to talk with the filmmakers and the cast about this upcoming Oscar worthy animated feature film.

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We started by talking with Pete Docter (Director) and Jonas Rivera (Producer) about “Inside Out.” If these names sound familiar to you, it’s because they are the creative masterminds behind “Toy Story,” “Monsters Inc.,” “Up,” and many more classic animated films. When I was sitting in the press room in front of these two talented men, I couldn’t help but feel overwhelmed with emotion. I couldn’t get over the gratefulness of getting to sit in the room and talking with these two legends that have brought such happiness to my children’s lives.

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Photo courtesy of Disney

“The thing that affects us is we’re trying to put our own life experiences up on the screen. I don’t think there’s been anything that has impacted me near as strongly as having been a parent. And so that experience just continues to inspire and challenge and move us in ways that everybody can resonate with.” Pete Docter

As I am watching my two older children become teenagers, I am constantly feeling robbed by time. It is such an emotional time for me as a mother, and the movie really helped me to relate to what my two children are going through as they are becoming young adults. The same was true for Pete Docter, and watching his daughter grow up was the inspiration for this film. “I noticed my daughter growing up, being a little less goofy and wacky and funny and a little shyer and quiet because she had turned 11. And at the same time, I was looking at different ideas for a film and thought about emotions as characters,” said Docter.

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Photo courtesy of Disney

It took them about four years to develop the story, and John Lasseter had told them, “This is such a cool idea. It’s got a lot of complexity and a lot of potential. It’s also going to be really hard.” All of their hard work truly paid off with the success of this film.

With the theme of the movie being saying good-bye to childhood, there was a lot of crying in the theater when I saw the film. In fact, I always seem to cry in the films that Docter and Rivera have made. They just know how to bring out people’s emotions in their films and Rivera told us that it’s because their films are so relatable.

Photo courtesy of Disney

Photo courtesy of Disney

“As we talked and started to work together, even back on Monsters, we were sort of craving a similar movie, which was completely different, whatever it was, different than the movie we did last. That was something we talked a lot about. And even finishing the film, Up, which came out six years ago, the very first thing was, like, “How can we do something completely different than that?” We’re very proud of that, but it is always about character and emotion and that feeling.” Jonas Rivera

And that is how “Inside Out” began…

Once they were done making everyone in the audience eyes begin to water, the entire cast of the film came out to talk to us. While I would normally share all of the details that the cast shared about making the film – I can’t. Why? Because I was sitting in a room with the most talented comedians in the industry. What was supposed to be a traditional press conference turned into what was like a “Saturday Night Live” skit. The actors all bounced off each other and had all of us in the audience doubled over laughing so hard.

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The afternoon ended with a beautiful musical presentation by Jim Murphy, the Director of the moving short LAVA that can be seen before the start of “Inside Out.”

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Photo courtesy of Disney

Don’t miss taking your children to see “Inside Out” in theaters this Friday, June 19th. I guarantee that it will be your children’s favorite film of the summer.

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