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I am about to make you the coolest parent on the block! Thanks to a little chit chat with Disney Pixar’s Inside Out Director Pete Docter & Producer Jonas Rivera (the duo that also brought you UP) last month, I got the inside scoop on some of Disney Pixar’s Inside Out Easter Eggs and Secrets! But first…
A little ditty about Jonas and Pete
Two animators living on Pixar Street
Jonas – he was, Pixar’s first intern
Pete – he began, as a Toy Story animator
“The illusion of life. This idea that you know what you are seeing on screen is not real. Yet if you do it right you can get people to laugh, and to cry, and that is just fantastic to me. I’m fascinated by that.” – Pixar’s Inside Out Director Pete Docter
“We’ve been able to live in this Peter Pan existence working on these films, and trying to stay in touch with the things we loved about being kids. My friends are cops and engineers and they think I live in baby town. And I do. We are lucky we get to hold on to that. It makes it easier to tap into that.
We are optimists, appreciators, we work hard, but we want to make these movies. My passion was animation, but I realized early on that I’m not going to be an animator. I’m not a draftsman and I’m probably a horrible actor. But I love it and I poured my passion into producing. My job will be to put on the show.” – Pixar’s Inside Out Producer Jonas Rivera
All right, cozy up and lean in. I’m about to blow your emotions away with Disney Pixar’s Inside Out Easter Eggs and Secrets!
Disney Pixar’s Inside Out Secrets
Pixar’s Inside Out Secret #1
There were other emotions…
You know when you are choosing steaks for your bbq and some of them just don’t quite make the cut? That’s what happened to Pride, Lonely, and Surprise, among others. Although they were funny, Pride and Lonely were not as clear as Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust, and Anger. As for Surprise, it seemed similar to Fear and felt more like a reaction so it didn’t make the cut either.
“From the get-go, I conceived this as an ensemble comedy. We had a great team of writers, artists, and actors who brought that to life. The goal was to make strong characters that could interplay and have fun as a group. When it gets to big, you lose the specificity.” – Pete Docter
Pixar’s Inside Out Secret #2
The name for Inside Out came pretty late. The team on the film actually called it Cake, for no reason at all, until they came up with Inside Out.
Pixar’s Inside Out Secret #3
Not an Any Town…
Most of the Pixar Films have been in “Any Town” USA towns. Very generic towns. They made an effort to make Inside Out specific. They localized a specific town and a specific street but changed the names in the film so no one would get harassed in real life. Down to the corner detail of some stuff in Riley’s neighborhood is based on real life.
“Lets make this like your memory of San Francisco. Of your visit if you had visited. We turned up the volume of San Francisco just a bit to give it some character and fun.” – Jonas Rivera
Pixar’s Inside Out Secret #4
Joy’s Hair Color Doesn’t Match Her Skin…
Okay, this one isn’t really a secret if you have seen any images or clips of the film. The secret is more in why. Why is it that Disgust has green hair and green skin, Sadness has blue hair and blue skin, Fear has basically no hair and purple skin, Anger has red hair and red skin, but Joy has blue hair and yellow skin?
“Joy is our main character and she has to go through the broadest emotions as a character. We wanted her to have more dimension to her and the color kinda reflects the broadness of her as a character.” – Pete Docter
Pixar’s Inside Out Secret #5
Joy & Riley
While the story of Inside Out has a focus on the emotions, the relationship between Joy and Riley speaks volumes. They are an inseparable duo that can never meet or touch.
“Joy has this incredible affection for her “kid”, even though they can’t appear in the same place. Frankly, Riley doesn’t know Joy exists as a character. Kind of a tragic love story in that regard. We wanted to have that feeling of love that she has.” – Pete Docter
Pixar’s Inside Out Secret #6
The Characters Ora…
As you’ve watched the Inside Out Trailers, you’ve probably noticed the unique look of the Emotion Characters. A bit like energy particles. If you’ve been wondering why you feel the urge to squish them all up into a hug, this may be why…
“I wanted the characters to look the way our emotions feel and I didn’t have a specific answer for that. We explored for awhile. This felt like a way of not making it skin and bones or fabric. It’s something we haven’t seen before. It evokes energy. not to distracting. just enough too notice it and then ignore it.” – Pete Docter
Pixar’s Inside out Secret #7
The Idea of Inside Out
The idea for Inside Out was largely meant to personify, or dramatize, the difficulty of growing up…through our emotions. We follow Riley as her life is uprooted and moved across the country, during a very important developmental stage in her life.
“There does seem like a time where you pass a certain threshold, and suddenly you’re not a kid anymore. You are a young adult.” – Pete Docter
Pixar’s Inside Out Secret #8
The Characters Shape
Did you notice the shapes of the Inside Out Characters? They fit very well together and each one seems to carve out space in a line-up. It wasn’t until meeting with Jonas and Pete that the light bulb went off in my head.
“Joy is like a star. Her arms are like an explosion. She has the most human-like proportions so she can dance and express herself in a way that she needed to in the film” – Pete Docter
Sadness is a Teardrop. Even her hair is like a waterfall!
Disgust is Broccoli
Fear is a Raw Nerve
Anger is a Brick
Pixar’s Inside Out Easter Eggs
There are some great Pixar’s Inside Out Easter Eggs in the film, especially for Pixar Fans! I’m sure there are even more to add to the list and I can’t wait until Inside Out comes out on Blu-ray and DVD so I can watch for more Pixar’s Inside Out Easter Eggs!
- Look closely at the background ” memories” on the shelves, both inside and outside of Headquarters. They are a lot of little shots from the “Married Life” scene in “UP”.
- Keep an eye out for the Pizza Planet Truck from “Toy Story”.
- When Riley is playing lava on the couch, look at the cover of the magazine for Colette from “Ratatouille”.
- During the road trip to San Francisco, Riley and her parents come across birds on a telephone wire from production designer Ralph Eggleston’s 2000 short film “For the Birds.”
- The globe in Riley’s classroom has been used in ALL the “Toy Story” films.
- One of Riley’s classmates is wearing a camo pattern made up of “Toy Story” characters.
- Some of the background city cars of San Francisco have bumper stickers from “Cars.”
- A sign on a parking meter in San Francisco reads, “Quarters and Dollar Coins or Barter During Burning Man.”
- As a tribute to the Walt Disney Family Museum, the filmmakers set Riley’s hockey rink in the exact spot the museum is located in San Francisco.
- Watch the facial expressions of the characters that are listening to another character talk.
What Pixar’s Inside Out Easter Eggs would you add to the list?
“I like to watch the character that is listening as opposed to talking because Animators are good at getting little truthful gestures. People think we are clever and really we just can’t afford to build another character. And it’s fun.” – Jonas Rivera
Even though I shared these Pixar’s Inside Out Easter Eggs, I can’t really tell you what I thought of the first 56 minutes of Inside Out…yet. But I can tell you that I walked away thinking.
Wondering if this REALLY IS what is going on inside my child’s mind. Now when they “freak out” or “throw a tantrum,” I tell myself that is Anger talking and I have to deal with him. When they stick out their tongues and roll their eyes, that is Disgust that I have to handle. I wondered if Pete and Jonas intended to reach parents like this.
“We want to entertain. Our job number one is to make sure people are walking away going ‘hey that was fun and funny’ and all those good things. But, I always feel like we have this opportunity to make films, and we can talk about ourselves as humans, and hopefully, if we say soemthing meaningful it will resinate with people. So instead of just being a light and fluffy fun thing, it can also have some depth and weight that will stick with you.” – Pete Docter
Pete talked about meeting Joe Grant who worked with Walt Disney on Dumbo. Joe asked Pete one day, “What are you giving the audience to take home?” For Pete, that made him realize that if the next day, the next week, if people are still tumbling around on those ideas, then there is something meaty there.
“Inside Out was coming from a true place. No matter what we came up with, I knew we could reach people.” – Jonas Rivera
As for what Pixar has in the works right now? There are currently 6 films in various stages of development and production at Pixar Animation Studios. They try to shuffle the deck with sequels and originals so lots of family fun is in store over the next few years.
“Think of it like planes on a runway. Some are being fueled up, some are taxing on the runway, and one or two are sitting ready to go. Inside Out has now taken off. We are airborn.” – Pete Docter
“The key to anything is passion.” – Pete Docter
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