Disney Pixar’s Inside Out personifies emotions

Dalton Gackle

“Inside Out” is the newest Pixar film to be released on June 19 from the creators of “Up.”

The feature takes a unique perspective on everyday life by exploring the mind.

“We’ve read about how emotions affect our daily life and decisions and things, and this is our chance to kind of personify them,” said director Pete Docter.

The film shows the process of growing up using emotions.

“Everyone changes,” said producer Jonas Rivera. “What if we could somehow show that from the inside?”

The emotions they decided to personify are joy, sadness, fear, disgust and anger.

“We started working with…Dr. Paul Ekman, who is a real pioneer and researcher in expression,” Docter said. “He had posted that there were six emotions in his early research.”

The other emotion in Ekman’s research was surprise, which was sort of combined with fear for the film, Docter said. The filmmakers have confidence in the emotions they chose.

“We just heard researchers from around the world…and the only thing that they agree on was these five emotions,” Docter said.

Personifying those emotions they were confident in, however, proved to be a struggle.

“Joy was the hardest one to write for. I don’t know if you have friends that are just kind of always happy, and you kind of want to strangle them because you just sense insincerity,” Docter said. “A lot of people said ‘I don’t really like joy as a character,’ which is a problem because she’s our main character. We needed to find somewhere…that you believed her, that she was genuine and that she really cared for her kid.”

The characters also needed to have the right look to accompany the emotion they portray.

“The hardest one to develop visually was Disgust,” Docter said. “We early on couldn’t really decide if she was going to be disgusting or disgusted.”

They decided to have Disgust be an appealing looking character.

“The design became her just being more disgusted at everything,” Rivera said.

Docter attributes the character to the work of Charles Darwin. Darwin hypothesized that disgust as an emotion derives from when a baby eats something disgusting and then it feeds in to social disgust later on.

The film follows the five personified emotions in a young girl’s mind. The idea for the movie was found when Docter returned home each day.

“The concept kind of came from watching my kid grow up,” Docter said. “My daughter, she was very energetic and rambunctious…and then when she turned 11 she got a little more quiet and reclusive. We were like, ‘What’s going on inside her head,’ you know?”

Docter and Rivera had to make sure the direction that the film was going in the direction they wanted it to go. They did not want this to be a sci-fi type of film.

“I want this movie to be in the mind and not the brain,” Rivera said.

The movie allows the audience to watch how they think and feel.

“The film has a chance to bring people to a place that everyone is familiar with, but no one’s seen before,” Docter said. “And that is the world inside your own mind.”

The film provides a creative look at memories and other intricacies of the mind.

“Like, imagine where do your dreams come from and why,” Docter said. “How do songs get stuck in your head. Why do we remember things?”

The PG rated film is set to be released on June 19.