We love Disney Pixar films in our family. We could not wait to see a sneak peek of Inside Out (from the same team that created UP) last month. This film is going to blow your mind.
While attending Disney’s Social Media Moms preview, one of the surprise activities was a sneak peek at the upcoming Disney Pixar feature film “Inside Out”
During the conference we heard from Disney Pixar producer Jonas Rivera who filled us in on the creative, collaborative process for bringing a Disney Pixar film to life. It’s a years long effort, which he illustrated by showing his colleague before, during and after her pregnancy, now leading around a toddler. These movies grow up with the maker’s families.
Rivera, who also worked on UP (sweetly described as “a love letter to our grandparents”) was clearly proud of and passionate about this film as well. He spoke about his own career journey at Pixar, working his way up from animator to producer.
Inside Out explores the concept of “what goes on inside someone’s head?” In other words (and in Willy Wonka terms) it’s a world of pure imagination, visualizing a world of pure imagination.
Still with me?
I was curious how Disney would translate some pretty deep and esoteric concepts about character, personality and psyche into an animated film, fit for children. I can only imagine what that pitch was like. A tightrope walk over a lava filled volcano. Too close to the heat – too intellectual. Too far, too dry, a pebble in someone’s shoe.
So I watched and listened intently as Rivera talked about the years of research into character traits and base emotions. Sets of 6 and 13 base human emotions, and the 5 core emotions that disney decided to model their characters on: Joy, Fear, Sadness, Anger, Disgust – each with an important survival role, so it seems.
The result is something to be experienced. Once again Pixar wowed us with their interpretation of our mind’s innermost workings and their exploration of character, motivation and personal plotlines, all the while weaving these complex themes in a compelling adventure that kids and adults alike will enjoy. Such a rich tapestry!
Alas – our preview ended three quarters of the way through the film. Despite having already seen most of the film, we liked it enough to head back to the theater next week. Can’t wait to catch the ending!