Now, I know, that you know, that I am in love with Disney and Pixar films. When I was in San Francisco with Disney a couple months back, I got a chance to stop by Pixar Animation Studios and learn all about their newest beloved animated movie, INSIDE OUT! It’s always exciting to go behind the scenes of a movie, which is also true with animated films. Pixar has not released a film since 2013, so they are due to present something amazing!
INSIDE OUT Movie: A Pixar Campus Visit
The group I was with got a chance to visit the Pixar campus and attend an INSIDE OUT reception, where we had a delicious lunch, heard a short presentation regarding the film from the Pixar team, and watched a clip of the movie. We entered the Steve Jobs Building, which has the most awesome industrial sky light ceiling ever, and after eating lunch and shopping at the Pixar Studios Store, we headed into the theater to get started. I saw only about 3 minutes of it and I just KNOW that it is going to be the cutest movie out this year!
We got to interview INSIDE OUT Director Pete Docter and Producer Jonas Rivera, who were both able to draw from personal inspiration in making the film. See, they both have daughters, and watching them grow up into young ladies has been quite the ride. They change so much, and it is tough to understand exactly what is going on in their heads. That is exactly where the idea to personify the character’s emotions came from, people love the emotional draw of some of their previous films, UP, Dumbo, and even Lady and The Tramp are still hugely popular franchises. It’s clear that we are driven by emotion, so bringing it to life was absolutely genius.
Each emotion has such a strong viewpoint that they end up conflicting. Sadness gets a little pushy, and you know that Joy has to jump in like, “Nah, not today.” This is coming from a real place! According to Docter, Joy was the most difficult emotion to bring to life because, as the lead, they wanted her to have depth and complexity, and not necessarily to always be the happy go lucky type. Amy Poehler voices Joy, and she was able to add humor in perfection and bring the character to life in a way that they saw fit.
The short scene of INSIDE OUT that we saw was inside the mind of a young girl, Riley, who looks to be in her tweenage years. Having dinner with her parents, there was a slight disagreement and all of her emotions in her head we’re going into overdrive! Each emotion has a different role, and it’s funny to see how Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness bring her down, and Joy tries to keep things positive while navigating the situation with her parents.
Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it’s no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness. The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley’s main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.
Here’s the official trailer for Pixar’s INSIDE OUT!
LAVA: A Pixar Animated Short
In addition to our INSIDE OUT experience, we also got a glimpse at the short, LAVA, which precedes the movie. Y’all know that Pixar is good for an animated short, I was in love with La Luna and Blue Umbrella, and LAVA is nothing short of excellence. They all tell a romantic love story, the beauty of it, to me, is that it reflects real human emotions that we all experience, only animated on screen.
“Inspired by the isolated beauty of tropical islands and the explosive allure of ocean volcanoes, “LAVA” is a musical love story that takes place over millions of years.“
We got to chat with LAVA’s Director James Ford Murphy and Producer Andrea Warren, they were very lax and calm in true Hawaiian spirit! Murphy even greeted us with an “Aloha!” and pitched the idea of a short featuring a happy Hawaiian volcano, stemming from his fascination with Hawaii, it’s music and volcanoes. He wrote the song, sang and played the ukulele for the Pixar team, and even *LIVE* for us, and it was truly a magical love song with dreams of companionship, using a Hawaiian melody that soothed my soul. The version used in the short uses real Hawaiian artists, and it is so beautiful that it makes me long for the love and togetherness he signs about.
“Uku is the Lava Volcano and Leila is the Female Character. And then together, they’re the Island of Ukulele.” Uku yearns for a companion, as he’s stuck alone in the middle of the sea. Just when he thinks he’s doomed to be alone forever, a magical thing happens and he is united with his forever mate, Leila. His spirits were so down, he was physically rotting away, colorless and drab, and then she erupted by his side. It’s amazing what the right companion can do to flourish your soul, just like in real life.
*Sending a huge THANK YOU to Disney, Pixar and the whole team. I cannot wait for the INSIDE OUT movie to come out, and I can’t wait for you all to fall in love with LAVA!*
Get Ready for Pixar’s INSIDE OUT, in theaters June 19th!
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Disclosure: Travel and experiences for were provided by Disney, I was not compensated for press coverage.