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Inside Out
Directed by Pete Docter
Ronnie del Carmen (Co-Director)
Produced by Jonas Rivera
Written by Pete Docter (Story and Screenplay)
Ronnie del Carmen (Story)
Meg LeFauve (Screenplay)
Josh Cooley (Screenplay)
Starring Amy Poehler
Lewis Black
Mindy Kaling
Phyllis Smith
Bill Hader
Music by Michael Giacchino
Editing by
Production company(s) Walt Disney Pictures
Pixar Animation Studios
Distributor Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Release date(s) June 19, 2015
Running time 94 minutes
Language English
Budget $175 million
Gross revenue $266,640,364
Preceded by Monsters University
Followed by The Good Dinosaur
External links
Official website
Meet the little voices inside your head.

Inside Out is a 2015 animated dramedy fantasy Disney/Pixar film, released on June 19, 2015. It is Pixar's 15th feature-length animated film. In keeping with Pixar tradition, a short film called Lava accompanied the movie.

Movie Title

Bleeding Cool published an article stating the name of Pete Docter's next film would be The Inside Out. Then on February 8, 2013, reported that the film's title would be Inside Out. Disney/Pixar officially announced the title on Twitter on April 17, 2013 during Cinema Con.


A girl named Riley is born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and, in her mind, five physical forms of emotion are created: Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust and Anger. Each emotion has a defined purpose in Riley's life: Joy attempts to keep her happy, Anger keeps her life fair, Disgust keeps her from being poisoned both physically and socially and Fear keeps her safe. Sadness, however, doesn't think she has a purpose in her mind, or that of the other emotions, and is ignored as a result.

Oblivious to Sadness' crisis, the other emotions focus on organizing Riley's memories, which are housed in glass spheres known as Memory Orbs. The most relevant memories, known as core memories, power up five "islands" in Riley's subconscious, each reflecting a different aspect of her personality: Family Island, Friendship Island, Goofball Island, Hockey Island and Honesty Island.

When Riley turns eleven, her family relocates to San Francisco after her father gets a new job. The emotions try everything in their power to make the moving process a pleasant experience, only to turn on Sadness when she turns a happy memory orb into a sad one by touching it and accidentally causes a core memory to fall out. Aware that memories cannot be changed back once turned sad, Joy decides to keep Sadness occupied by having her read a stack of mind manuals. On Riley's first day of school, Joy orders Sadness to not touch anything and let the other emotions do their job.

But Sadness touches a memory that makes Riley cry in front of her new class which creates a new core memory. Joy desperately tries to dispose of the new core memory by using a vacuum tube that leads to the mind world, but a struggle with Sadness leads to the core memories being knocked out from the container. Before Joy can put them back, she and Sadness are carried off with the core memories, leaving Disgust, Fear, and Anger to deal with Riley.

Joy and Sadness venture the various islands and a labyrinth-like place called Long Term Memory, where Riley's past memories are restored. They are soon assisted by Riley's childhood imaginary friend Bing Bong, a scrappily-dressed pink cotton candy-elephant-cat-dolphin creature. Bing Bong was hoping to reconnect with Riley via a Memory of his song-powered wagon, "Rocket", although initially Bing Bong is happy and cheerful, the pair discover that he is secretly miserable, having been out of a job since Riley was four, he desperately wants to feel loved again, reasoning that, if he has no purpose, he will cease to exist. Although Joy attempts to keep this revelation Positive, Sadness comforts a crying Bing Bong (which leaves Joy more confused than ever as to how being sad could help Bing Bong).

Bing Bong discovers that his Rocket had already been dumped into "the Abyss of the Subconscious", A seemingly never-ending pit of darkness beneath headquarters where obsolete memories go to be erased from existence for good. Meanwhile, in Riley's mind, Anger, Disgust and Fear are doing their best to guide Riley through her new surroundings. Disgust, in an attempt to act more "Like Joy" accidentally instigates a confrontation with Riley's parents about Riley's hobby of Hockey, which causes the island which controls this part of her personality, "Hockey Island" to collapse into the Abyss. The emotions realize that tampering with Riley's personality will cause it to further be erased, with potentially disastrous results.

Joy, Sadness and Bing Bong hatch a plan to ride the "train of thought" back to Headquarters, and begin their trek through various parts of Riley's mind in order to reach the loading dock (areas such as Imagination Land, Dream Productions, and so on). Meanwhile, with Disgust, Anger and Fear in control, Riley's life begins to crumble. She alienates her former friends from Minnesota, fails to connect with her parents, and struggles in the new school. As Joy and company close in on their destination, Anger, Disgust and Fear finally reason that, if Riley was only happy in Minnesota, there is no choice but to tell her to return there, and prepare to run away from her own family.

At night, Joy and her fellow emotions finally reach the loading dock, although it is now so late that the train of thought will not arrive until morning. They give Riley a Nightmare by awakening a monstrous clown from her subconscious, and Fear, being on dream duty that night awakens her, jump starting her Train of Thought. Joy, Sadness and Bing Bong are nearly at headquarters when the other bunch of emotions put their plan in action, instructing Riley to steal from her mother's bag and pack it to run away to Minnesota. This action causes Riley's "Honesty Island" to crumble, destroying the Train of Thought. Joy and the gang try to take refuge on Family Island, but as Riley gets on the bus, it begins to crumble, plunging into the Abyss with Joy and Bing Bong, while Sadness barely escapes.

It seems that all hope was lost, as in moments Joy and Bing Bong would be forgotten and cease to exist. Joy, in despair, notices something interesting about the memories that Sadness inadvertently caused, realizing that when Riley was sorrowful, it signals to others that she needs help. Joy realizes that Sadness's main role in Riley's personality is to tell others when she needs help, and by preventing Riley from feeling Sadness, she was also preventing her from feeling true Joy. Hope comes when Bing Bong notices his Rocket, and they decide to use it to return to the top, but are dismayed when it falls short every time. Bing Bong, in a moment of self realization, starts the Rocket one last time, then jumps off as it begins to fly. Joy looks back, realizing Bing Bong's act of selflessness, and Bing Bong thanks Joy for letting him be important one last time as he vanishes, forgotten.

Joy escapes, and attempts to reconcile with Sadness, but discovers that Sadness has ranned away from her, hopped onto a cloud, and flown away, believing that she only makes things worse and that Riley is better off without her. Using various tools from Imagination Land, Joy uses the trampoline on Family Island, grabbing her and sending the two flying towards HQ. However, a thick window separates them from each other, and Anger desperately tries to break it using a chair. When this fails, Disgust has an idea and starts insulting his intelligence, Anger is furious at her insults and his head goes up in a huge flame. Disgust uses him as a blowtorch to allow Joy and Sadness to return.

Riley, under command of all her main emotions again, returns home, to her worried parents. Although the other emotions beg Joy to fix the relationship between Riley and her parents, Joy turns control over to Sadness, which shocks the others. Riley, for the first time since Sadness and Joy were lost, begins to cry, and her parents comfort her, creating an amalgamated emotion sphere for a new "Family Island" and allowing for the various aspects of her personality to return in full. With her emotions all back, and new Personality Islands, Riley begins to recover, while Sadness is finally treated as an equal among the other four emotions, and Joy solemnly remembers Bing Bong's sacrifice as things begin to return to normal and Riley, now twelve years old, adapts to life in a new city.

Voice Cast


Pixar first revealed the following information on the upcoming film at D23 Expo 2011:

From director Pete Docter comes an inventive new film that explores a world that everyone knows, but no one has seen: inside the human mind.

(via The Pixar Blog)

Possible sequel

Being asked about if there will be a sequel, Pete Docter said that he currently has no plans, but added, "never say never."[1]


  • Inside Out is the first full-length film to personify and characterize human emotions and the second Disney media work to do that since the short Reason and Emotion.
  • Pete Docter was an animator on Cranium Command, a former Epcot attraction that shares many of the film's themes of personifying human thoughts as well as the setting of the mind of an adolescent.
  • The teaser trailer featured clips from all previous Pixar movies except Toy Story 2 and Cars 2.
  • The playground seen in Riley's memory orb is taken from Sunnyside Daycare from Toy Story 3, with the only difference being that the slide is not coiled but straight. The setting is also different from Sunnyside.
  • In the teaser trailer, Riley and her family are eating from Chinese food boxes of the same type as the one seen in A Bug's Life and several other Pixar films.
  • The song that plays during the teaser trailer is "Sweet Emotion" by American rock band Aerosmith.
  • The song heard in the 2nd official trailer is "More Than a Feeling" by American rock band Boston.
  • As revealed in the first official trailer, each person has the same set of emotions, although their appearance is altered to make it look like the person they control/live in.
    • Also, all the emotions in Riley's mom are all female and resemble her, and the emotions in Riley's dad are all male and resemble him, but Riley has 3 female emotions and 2 male emotions who look nothing like her.
  • There are currently 2 versions of the film's first official trailer, and there's only one major difference: In the UK version of the official trailer, the Dad's emotions were watching soccer, but in the US version, they were watching hockey.
  • This is the first Pixar film to have many sneak peeks and clips.
  • This is the second animated Disney movie that Mindy Kaling has worked on, first being Taffyta Muttonfudge in Wreck-It Ralph.
  • According to director Pete Docter, each emotion is based on a shape and what each emotion represents: Joy is a star, Sadness is a teardrop, Anger is a firebrick, Disgust is a broccoli and Fear is a raw nerve, Pete Doctor says he loves broccoli too much, however.
  • Inside Out is the fourth Pixar film to receive a PG rating, right after Brave, Up and The Incredibles.
  • In other countries, the name of the movie title is different. In France, the movie is called Vice-Versa, and in Japan, the movie is called "インサイド・ヘッド" (Insaido heddo), which translates to Inside Head.
  • The soundtrack for this film was released on June 16, 2015.
  • The writers considered up to 27 different emotions, but settled on five (Joy, Sadness, Disgust, Fear and Anger) to make it less complicated. Some of the particular emotions that ended up being cut included Surprise, Pride and Trust.
  • In some countries, the movie was released one day early before its release date.
  • On June 18, 2015, the YouTube channel CartoonHangover uploaded a video called "107 Pixar's Inside Out Facts YOU Should Know!" A lot of these facts in fact, came from this wiki and the Pixar wiki.
  • This is the first Pixar film to lack a concrete main antagonist. Anger, Jangles, and the Forgetters are the closest the film gets to having a main antagonist, and even Joy herself shows shades of antagonism towards Sadness, but other than that, the film has no main villain.


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Films: Inside Out
Video Games: Inside Out: Thought Bubbles | Disney INFINITY: 3.0 Edition
Books: The Art of Inside Out | The Bing Bong Book | Making Memories | Welcome to Headquarters | Journey into the Mind | The Essential Guide | Driven by Emotions | So Many Feelings: Riley's World Inside and Out | Inside My Mind: A Book About Me! | Joy's Journey | Meet The Emotions | Joy's Greatest Joy/Simply Sadness | Rainbow of Emotions | The Emotions' Survival Guide
Music: Soundtrack

Characters: Joy | Sadness | Anger | Disgust | Fear | The Emotions | Mrs. Anderson's Emotions | Mr. Anderson's Emotions | Bing Bong | Rainbow Unicorn | The Forgetters | Jangles the Clown | Riley Anderson | Mrs. Anderson | Mr. Anderson | Meg

Locations: Emotions' Headquarters | Long Term Memory | Imagination Land | Dream Productions | Abstract Thought | Cloud Town | Personality Islands | Subconscious | Minnesota | San Francisco | Riley's House | Riley's School | Memory Dump

Objects: Memory Orbs | Core Memory Orbs | Train of Thought | Daydreams

Songs: Sweet Emotion | More Than a Feeling | Spread My Wings | The Bing Bong Song | TripleDent Gum

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    • Cherryblossomfan1234 wrote: No. What? Inside Out won't win the oscars? It doesn't make sense. It's all but certain to win in the anima...
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