Here’s are what cast members and crew of “Inside Out” had to say about making the Pixar movie.
Director Pete Docter on why there are five emotions featured: “There is no consensus amongst scientists about how many emotions there actually are. Some say 3; some say 27; most are somewhere in the middle. So we realized, well, we get to kind of make this up. We arrived at five, mainly because it’s a nice odd number. It felt like a good crowd, enough contrast and conflict between them, but not so big that you’re, like, ‘Wait, who’s that again?’”
Phyllis Smith on how she relates to her character, Sadness: “I’m just a mess and I’m a real sad sack. I sit around and mope all day and I think they saw that effervescent side of me and decided to hone in on it. No, it’s actually my insecurities — those little quirks that I have — that Pete was able to glean out of me.”
Producer Jonas Rivera on using San Francisco as a location: “It made sense to us, from a kid’s point of view and in contrast from where she was with all her friends. I love the first few shots as you drive in. It is sort of picture-postcard. But then, when you get home, it’s not what she thought, so we needed it to stay there to kind of amplify that.”
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Amy Poehler, who portrays Joy, on why Pixar films work: “Pixar doesn’t patronize their young audience, and they don’t underestimate the intelligence of their audience every time, so they keep raising the bar and also they assume that you and your big brain is gonna show up and your big heart. They assume you’re gonna take all those things with you when you go see their movies and you’re so rewarded when you do.”
Mindy Kaling, the voice of Disgust, on her best core memory: “For me my core memory was my mother. She came back from work and she was in her scrubs and she had spent the night at the hospital and she had brought home Dunkin Donuts. She had a jelly doughnut, which I’d never seen as a kid, and I sat on her lap in the kitchen and we shared it. It was like everything I ever wanted in the world — undivided attention from my mother and to be exposed to this new delicious sweet filled with another sweet.”
Lewis Black, Anger, on having an imaginary friend: “I did and so did two other friends of mine. I don’t really remember much except that instead of attacking each other, it was all about the imaginary friend. So we never attacked each other.”
Bill Hader, the voice of Fear, on the importance of “Inside Out”: “I wish I had it growing up because I would look for answers and you think you’re the only one going through this thing. My life would have been a little easier, I think, if this movie existed when I was a kid.”