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Memory Orbs are important objects from the Disney/Pixar film Inside Out, containing the memories of the person they belong to. The Orbs differentiate in color, each one representing a specific emotion - yellow for Joy, blue for Sadness, green for Disgust, purple for Fear and red for Anger. They are activated by the Emotions in Headquarters of a person to make that person remember things.



  • During the events of Inside Out, after Riley moves to San Francisco, if Sadness touches a Memory Orb, the memory will become sad and the orb's color will change to blue, regardless of original color. This is most likely because the affected memories are all from Minnesota and Riley is not going back, which makes those memories sad. If this hypothesis is correct, presumably nothing would happen to the San Francisco-origin memories, since they were created at her new home. Unless they move again, non of the San Francisco memories will be affected.
  • At the end of the movie, Joy and Sadness combining forces to bring Riley home reveals that two emotions can create a memory. Afterwards, more emotions can take control at once with their new, larger console, and two-color memories become common.
  • As memories age, their video playback becomes blurry, the audio becomes muffled, and their color gradually fades. The Forgetters remove the older memories from Long Term Memory and throw them in the Memory Dump when this happens, where the memories will eventually crumble to dust and blow away. If a memory is removed by a Forgetter, it appears to take on a brown color when it goes into the dump, which might originate from the color of old photo film.
  • Some memories, which contain only factual information (like phone numbers or times tables), seem to have no initial color at all and are simply gray to show they are neutral.

v - e - d

Films: Inside Out | Riley's First Date?
Video Games: Inside Out: Thought Bubbles | Disney INFINITY: 3.0 Edition | Disney Crossy Road
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

Disney Parks

Inside Out Headquarters


Joy | Sadness | Anger | Disgust | Fear | The Emotions | Mrs. Andersen's Emotions | Mr. Andersen's Emotions | Bing Bong | Rainbow Unicorn | The Forgetters | Jangles the Clown | Riley Andersen | Mrs. Andersen | Mr. Andersen | Meg | Subconscious Guards Frank and Dave | Fritz | Jordan


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


Memory Orbs | Core Memory Orbs | Train of Thought | Daydreams | Bottomless Bag | Rocket Wagon


The Bing Bong Song | TripleDent Gum | Itoshi no Riley | Back in Black | Take My Breath Away

See Also

The Science Behind Pixar | Pixar in a Box

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