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According to director Pete Docter, each emotion is based on a shape: Joy is based on a star, Sadness is a teardrop, Anger is a fire brick, Fear is a raw nerve, and Disgust is broccoli. He noted that he likes broccoli very much, however.
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Some of the memory balls in Riley's mind contain scenes from other Pixar movies, such as Carl and Ellie's wedding in Up (2009).
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 major emotions that ended up being cut included Surprise, Pride, and Trust.
Psychologists and other experts were consulted so the writers could make the way Riley's mind works scientifically accurate. For example, it is believed that short-term memories made during the day are converted into long-term memories during sleep, which is what happens in Riley's mind.
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When Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera pitched the film to Mindy Kaling, she was moved to tears and said, "I think it's great that you guys are making a film that shows it's difficult to grow up and that it's okay to be sad about it." According to Pete Docter, they exclaimed, "Quick! Write that down!"
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Originally Joy would be teamed with Fear rather than Sadness. The creators thought they would be the funnier pairing. They ended up going with Sadness instead when Pete Docter was on a Sunday walk and then had a bad train of thought. He feared he'd get fired and lose his friends. Because of this he realized Joy needed to realize it was okay for Sadness to be at the controls once in a while.
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Depending on the country of release, Riley's father daydreams about either hockey or football (soccer).
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In Riley's classroom (No. A113), a map at the back of the room has pins plotted at different places all over the world. They are references to where all the Pixar movies are set.
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As Kaitlyn Dias was 11 years old when cast as the voice of Riley, she went through puberty and her voice deepened considerably. She had to adjust her voice to make it sound younger later on in production.
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When Pete Docter first pitched the idea for this film to Pixar head John Lasseter, he said, "Imagine the fun we're gonna have when it comes to casting. We could get people like Lewis Black as Anger!" In the end, they did end up casting Lewis Black as Anger.
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According to Lewis Black (who plays Anger), when Pixar pitched this film to him, he received a box of previous Pixar films and a letter that suggested, "... that I may not know who Pixar is. Which meant that they were crazy or they thought I was just some sort of recluse."
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"Yeast of Edin" is based on a bakery located near Pixar Studios. It only serves one kind of pizza each day, and broccoli is one of the toppings.
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When Joy and Sadness are passing through Imagination Land, a board game called "Find Me" with a cartoon Finding Nemo (2003) on it can be seen.
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Pete Docter's inspiration for this film came from watching his own daughter go through the turbulent part of growing up.
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One of the various aspects of Riley's mind that was cut from the film was a department called "Faces & Names." This was the department in charge of pairing up names of people Riley has met with their respective faces, but the leaders of either department dislike each other and do not speak (which explains the lapse in memory people get when they cannot remember someone's name).
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Production designer Ralph Eggleston worked for five and a half years on Inside Out. He said it's the longest he's ever worked on one film, and was the hardest process, too.
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The cards used that create the house of cards are actually portraits of Riley's mom and dad. They each represent the king and queen respectively. Riley is represented as the Jack but with an "R" instead of a "J."
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For the voice of toddler-age Riley, the producers simply recycled old dialogue of Mary Gibbs, who provided the voice of Boo in Monsters, Inc. (2001). She is even listed in the credits under additional voices. Coincidentally, toddler-age Riley's hair is styled the same way as Boo's.
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Received an eight-minute standing ovation at its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival.
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PIXAR invited Paul Ekman, an American psychologist who is a pioneer in the study of emotions and their relation to facial expressions, to brief the crew on the nature of emotions.
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The bubbly texture of the emotions was originally supposed to be just on Joy, but then due to the difficulty of animating this unique design, after eight months, the animators decided to scrap it altogether because it became unaffordable. However, when Pixar Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter saw it, he said, "That's great. Put it on all the characters." Commenting on this incident, production designer Ralph Eggleston said, "You could hear the core technical staff just hitting the ground, the budget falling through the roof. But it was all good. They found a way to make it work."
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Riley's chief emotion is Joy, Mom's is Sadness, and Dad's is Anger.
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The massive shelves of the Long Term Memory curve and bend to resemble the various wrinkles and folds that appear on the cerebral cortex of the brain's outer surface.
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Early titles for the movie included; Joy, State of Mind, Mind, Joyless, Trouble in Mind, Life of Riley, Out of our Mind, Down in the Dumps, HQ!, and HeadQuarters. Pixar animator Matt Jones even jokingly suggested the name "Joy Story".
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Unlike the other characters, Joy doesn't have a shadow due to her bright personality.
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Because of Jurassic World (2015)'s highly successful release, Inside Out is the first Pixar movie to debut at number two at the North American box office during its opening weekend. However, it was nonetheless Pixar's second largest opening weekend after Toy Story 3 (2010). Inside Out later reached number one in its third week, however, during the Fourth of July weekend.
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The film featured about 45 animators, about half as many as previous Pixar films.
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Asked about being offered the role of Disgust, Mindy Kaling said, "I'm not asked to do that many things. I think I am sort of very specific, the way I look and talk and what I am interested in. So I sort of resigned myself to writing my own work. When I was asked to do this, the script was amazing. I went up to Pixar and I cried. I was just in a meeting with these guys and they showed me the story and I started weeping."
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In the middle of the control console, the top three buttons form Mickey Mouse, otherwise known as a hidden Mickey.
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Kaitlyn Dias (Riley) revealed in an interview that while recording the scenes where Riley is crying, she was also crying as well in the recording studio. She would imagine her cat May dying to trigger an authentic emotional response.
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Pete Docter has said that this film was "one of the most challenging I've ever had to put together," because it has to tell what is going on with the girl and what is going on in her mind at the same time.
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PIZZA PLANET TRUCK: Director Pete Docter confirmed that the truck indeed appears at least three times in the film, but it is hard to find.
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It is standard now for major-studio animated features to have certain parts be localized and adjusted based on the region the movie is played in. In the North American release of the film, Riley's father's emotions are watching hockey during the dinner sequence. For the international release of the film, they are watching football (or soccer). A recurring motif in the film is Riley's disliking of broccoli. In the Japanese release of the film, the broccoli is replaced with green peppers, as they are more unpopular with Japanese children as opposed to broccoli. In the Hebrew version, when Bing-Bong points to the letters of the "DANGER" sign outside of Abstract Thought, he reads and points to the letters from right-to-left, since Hebrew is written and spelled this way.
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As Riley progresses throughout the story and becomes more depressed and withdrawn, her clothing choices go from being bright and colourful to being darker and more plain.
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When asked about the genders of the emotions, Pete Docter said, "It was intuitive. It felt to me like Anger's very masculine, I don't know why...Sadness felt a little more feminine and Mindy Kaling as Disgust felt right...with Mom and Dad, we skewed them all male and all female for a quick read, because you have to understand where we are, which is a little phony but hopefully people don't mind!"
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Kaitlyn Dias (Riley) was originally just a scratch voice, meaning her voice was only to be used to narrate the storyboard cinematic during development to see if scenes were working or not. However the producers liked her so much, they decided to keep her as the voice of Riley in the finished film.
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The first Pixar feature film with no antagonist character whatsoever.
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There is a scene in Dream Productions where a camera filter called the "reality distortion filter" is added. This is a direct reference to former Pixar CEO Steve Jobs, where he would convince people of the viability of what they thought was impossible: they called it Steve's "reality distortion field."
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Originally, Riley was supposed to have a pet and a younger sibling. Both ended up being dropped from the story to make Riley seem more vulnerable.
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The dinner scene where Riley's mom tries to get her husband's attention came from Pete Docter's own experience.
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Colette Tatou, a character from Pixar's film Ratatouille (2007), appears on a magazine cover.
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The producers were so impressed with Lewis Black's performance as Anger during the film, that they decided to incorporate elements of his stand-up routines into the film. For example, Anger is often seen reading a newspaper, a reference to his stand-up where he will mention looking at a newspaper and reacting unfavorably to the news on it. Anger's outfit of a red tie and a dress shirt is a reference to his stand-up as well, where he will often wear a red tie and a dress shirt with a black sports jacket.
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Commenting on the unique character design, Pete Docter has said, "The characters are created with this energy because we are trying to represent what emotions would look like. They are made up of particles that actually move. Instead of skin and solid, it is a massive collection of energy."
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According to director Pete Docter, he mentioned that the imaginary boyfriend design (excluding Canadian roots) inside Riley's mind was inspired from British boy band One Direction since he admits that his daughter Elie (whom Riley is modeled after) is a fan of theirs.
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The colors on Bing Bong's flower represent the colors of the emotions: yellow for Joy, green for Disgust, red for Anger, blue for Sadness, and purple for Fear.
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Anger reads newspapers with headlines about what's happening with Riley, such as "First Day of School" and "No Dessert."
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When the Andersens leave Minnesota and are driving through the country, the birds from the Pixar short For the Birds (2000) can briefly be seen on a power line. Blink and you'll miss it.
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One of the friends on Riley's web chatting program has the user name "DocPete", an obvious reference to Pete Docter, the film's director.
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The scene with the two guards discussing whose hat belongs to whom while guarding the Subconscious is a nod to the hat-swapping scene between Vladimir and Estragon from Samuel Beckett's play "Waiting for Godot".
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The first names of Riley's parents are never mentioned, and the credits note the characters' names simply as "Mom" and "Dad". According to the book "Inside Out: The Essential Guide," their names are Jill and Bill Andersen. However, on Riley's mother's credit card, her name is listed as "K. Ann Andersen" instead.
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A very early concept of the movie features an 8-year-old girl who was playing in the woods and was knocked out by a branch and suffered short term memory loss. The movie would have focused on the emotions trying to get the memories back. This concept was discarded very early on as well due to the darker nature of the story. Bill Hader, who provided the voice of Fear, stated that he disliked this treatment of the story. He also went on to say that, as a father, he would be mortified to see a child in such extreme danger as the girl would have been in the film.
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Lewis Black was the studio's first, and only choice to play Anger.
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When traveling through Imagination Land, two board games can be seen; one is that of a clownfish named "Find Me," a reference to Pixar movie Finding Nemo (2003), and another game, named "Dinosaur World," is a nod to Pixar movie "The Good Dinosaur (2015)", released in November 2015.
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When Joy, Sadness and Bing Bong are in Cloud Town, a talking "memory cop" references Chinatown (1974) by saying, "Forget it, Jake. It's Cloud Town".
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The headquarters used by Riley's mother's emotions is the exact same setting as Riley's, except with orange curtains added. According to the animators, the curtains were included so they could re-use Riley's headquarters instead of having to animate a whole new setting. The curtains were also added to invoke the feeling of a talk show, with all the emotions sitting together and communicating.
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The railings of the walkways and balconies in Riley's headquarters are in the shape of DNA strands.
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Inside Mom's head although Sadness makes all of the decisions, it's actually Joy who runs the console. When Sadness decides what they're going to do, she gives an order to Joy who then puts her hands on the console and, for example, signals Dad across the dinner table.
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As to why Bing Bong is part cotton candy, Pete Docter said "I Like Cotton Candy"
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The creators cast Phyllis Smith as Sadness after producer Jonas Rivera saw her performance in Bad Teacher (2011).
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When the emotions of the cat are seen during the credits sequence, the Disgust cat can be seen in the background puking up a hairball.
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Anger always slams the console with his fist before interacting with it.
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Riley's classroom is No. A113., sharing the same number as the room at the California Institute of Arts where many animators, including John Lasseter and Brad Bird, graduated from. A113 is a common Easter egg in Pixar's films.
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Riley's birthday is on 22 January, according to her username in the video-chat program she uses to talk to Meg. Her username is "Riley0122", meaning January 22. She also shares a birthday with Elie Docter, daughter of director Pete Docter, and whom the character of Riley is based off of.
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The distinct personalities of the different emotions were inspired by the dwarfs in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937).
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This is the 2nd time Pixar Legend John Ratzenberger has voiced a Construction Worker. The first time being Up (2009). Construction Foreman Tom from Up (2009) only appeared at the start of the film, whilst his character in Inside Out (2015) Fritz only appeared at the end of the film.
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Inside Dream Productions, three Posters are visible next to each other showing previous dream productions: "I'm Falling for a Very Long Time Into a Pit," "I Can Fly" and "Something is Chasing Me!" "I'm Falling..." is based on the original poster for the Alfred Hitchcock movie Vertigo.
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Unlike the other emotions, whose sex was picked right away, early concept art depicted Disgust as a male character. It was only chosen for Disgust to be female when Mindy Kaling was cast for the role.
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The camera is often a bit shaky when Riley is upset about something.
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The long-running British children's comic The Beano has, since the sixties, featured a strip called The Numskulls, which revolves around little people living inside a "real life" person, and being responsible for all his functions, both emotional and mechanical. After the release of Inside Out, The Beano issued a tongue-in-cheek reaction in which the Numskulls (inside their "host") watch the film and criticise it.
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Riley's house in San Francisco is a real place, but with a different address; in the film it is 21 Royal St., which is also a new private dining space in Disneyland, near Club 33.
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It took 5 years to make Inside Out (2015).
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Bill Hader, who plays Fear, is the only voice actor from the five emotions who has previously done voice work for Pixar. He voiced a Referee and the Slug in Monsters University (2013).
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The film's director, Pete Docter provided the voice of Riley's Dad's Anger.
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One of the kids has a shirt with a skull on it resembling Sid's shirt from Toy Story (1995).
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Pete Docter's third feature film for Pixar after Monsters, Inc. (2001) and Up (2009).
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After seeing the broccoli pizza in San Francisco, Anger comments on how both the Hawaiians and San Francisco ruined pizza. Interestingly enough, Hawaiian pizza has nothing to do with Hawaii at all, and was in fact, a Canadian invention.
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The Luxo Jr. (1986) Ball can be seen in the flashback of Riley playing tag with Bing Bong.
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Riley wears the widest varieties of clothing out of all the other characters in a Disney/Pixar film. Counting the outfits Riley is seen wearing as an infant and a toddler as well, she wears a total of 23 outfits or variations of different outfits through the course of the film.
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When Joy and Sadness go to Dream Production Studios, the gate they go through is a reference to the famous Paramount Studios gate.
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Fear appears bored when Riley dreams about her teeth falling out and having no pants on at school. These are common anxiety dreams.
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The scene with the two subconscious guards arguing about the hat is a reference to the absurdist play Waiting For Godot. As a further nod to the absurdist nature of the scene, the guard Dave is played by Frank Oz, while the guard Frank is played by Dave Goelz (reversing the names.) Oz & Goelz are both original Muppet performers.
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In one of the scenes in Imagination Land, Figment the Dragon from the Disney Parks attraction Journey into the Imagination with Figment is seen in a pile of memories to be discarded.
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Aside from the five standard colors of the memory orbs based on their corresponding emotion, there are also grey memory orbs, which contain general, non emotional based information such as phone numbers, names of U.S. Presidents, and piano lessons. When a memory is old and faded, it darkens to a sepia-black color and the "video" of the memory in the orb becomes faded and blurry and with muffled sound.
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After the movie was released, a parody video was made showing "Pixar's Sad Lab," where scientists try to make people cry as hard as possible. Scenes from the movie were naturally included.
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All of the emotions of the different animals shown in the credit sequences all wear the same type of clothing depending on the emotion. Sadness wears glasses, disgust has a purple neckerchief, Anger has a red tie, and Fear has a bow tie.
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Early drafts of the script had Riley transported inside her mind to go on the journey as well.
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As evident by his T-Shirt, Riley's father's new job is at a company named "Brang"; according to the writers, this is a made-up word that they thought would fit a Silicon Valley startup.
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When Fear is thanking Joy for telling him that earthquakes were a myth the headline on Anger's paper read "THINGS WILL GET SHAKEY".
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Originally Joy was to be able to enter the real world.
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In North America, the movie's poster (as well as various promotional material) features all the characters inside the silhouette of a generic, genderless human head. This was to make the movie appeal to the younger male demographic, as Pixar was worried having several strong lead female characters (Joy, Sadness, Riley) would alienate the younger male audience. However in foreign releases of the film, such as Europe or South America, the posters and promotional material feature the emotions in a silhouette of a young girl's head.
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The Pizza Planet truck can be seen in one of Riley's memories. In trying to run away from Joy for the first time, Bing Bong knocks a few memories off the shelves. These memories roll by in the foreground. One of them, a yellow one, clearly shows the Pizza Planet truck.
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Phyllis Smith (who plays Sadness), Mindy Kaling (who plays Disgust), Bill Hader (who plays Fear), and Rashida Jones (who plays Cool Girl's Emotions) have previously starred together in The Office (2005). While Smith, Kaling, and Jones have recurring roles in The Office (2005), Hader had a cameo appearance in the series finale.
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The family's move from Minnesota to San Francisco reflects Pete Docter's own history: he is from Minnesota, but now lives in California to work at Pixar.
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Bing Bong's cat-tail is similar to the Chesire Cat from Alice in Wonderland (1951).
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This is the first Pixar feature where the camera department has begun to model real lens sets to use as virtual tools; in this case the Cooke S4 and the Arri/Zeiss Ultra Primes. They shot lens distortion charts with each set, and imported that data into the virtual tool system. The Cookes were used to shoot the Real world, the Ultra Primes for the Mind.
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When an Emotion interacts with the main console, it becomes tinted with the Emotion's respective color.
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The size of the console expands and grows more complex as Riley gets older.
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When Riley dreams about her new house, we see a rat which looks like Remy from Ratatouille (2007) and a bear that looks like Elinor from Brave (2012).
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Cars from Cars 2 (2011) can be seen throughout the film.
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Was created on a budget of $175,000,000 and has grossed a total of $792,300,000 (6 October 2015).
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As several other Pixar's films, this one contains a reference to Apple Inc. products: when the imaginary boyfriend is generated for the first time, its machine makes the iPhone keyboard clicks sound.
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Anger's outfit consists of a white dress shirt and a loose-fitting red tie. This is a reference to the trademark outfit of his voice actor, Lewis Black, who almost always wears a white dress shirt and a loose-fitting red tie with a black sports jacket while doing his stand-up routines.
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When Bing-Bong empties his bag for Joy to hold the Core Memories, he unloads dozens of memories balls and various other items, including an old boot, an anchor and a sink. This is a reference to the idiom "everything but the kitchen sink". They're implying Bing-Bong's imaginary bag literally has everything, including the kitchen sink.
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The physical location of the hockey rink in San Francisco is the same as the Walt Disney Family Museum in the real city.
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Every emotion except Anger has matching eye and hair color (Anger doesn't have hair), while every emotion except Joy has matching skin and eye/hair color.
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Riley's hockey team in Minnesota, named the Prairie Dogs, are a send-up to the University of Minnesota's hockey team, the Gophers. The maroon and gold uniform colors are a match for both teams.
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Riley, Joy, Sadness and Fear all appear to suffer from coulrophobia (the fear of clowns). This is shown in the scenes with Jangles.
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In order to accurately depict a working TV studio for the Dream Productions sequence, the writers visited cast member Bill Hader on the set of Saturday Night Live (1975).
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Preceded by Pixar's short film Lava (2014) in theaters.
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Pixar's 15th feature film.
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In the German version the character of Anger is dubbed by Hans-Joachim Heist. Heist appears regularly on late-night satirical show Heute Show (2009) as a character based on Lewis Black - who voices Anger in the original English version.
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Marks the second time a Pixar film had a female lead since Brave (2012). With the addition of Sadness paired alongside Joy, it also marks the first Pixar movie to have two female lead characters since the formula used in the studio's past work were mostly male leads with occasional female costars.
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Before her cameo in the credits, Rashida Jones was originally considered either Sadness or Disgust.
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Its $90.4 million domestic opening weekend set the record for the highest weekend gross for an original film that is neither a sequel, remake nor a direct adaptation, surpassing the previous record of $77 million set by Avatar (2009).
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There was early talk about using IMAX for the Mind scenes, but that idea was discarded.
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The school Riley attends is based on a real-life school in San Francisco, the James Lick Middle School located on Noe St. in the Noe Valley district. It is just east of the Twin Peaks.
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During the first dream sequence of 'Riley's new haunted house,' a simplified version of the song 'Grim Grinning Ghosts' from the Disney ride The Haunted Mansion is playing in the background.
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When Riley's parents are feeding her broccoli as a child, they're eating pizza for dinner, foreshadowing the pizza with broccoli on it.
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The memory balls are based on George Rhoades' "Kinetic ball sculptures".
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The film was originally going to be titled, "Brain Trust."
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The lettering on the box of Caramel Corn Curls that Riley eats for breakfast is written using the same font as the Inside Out opening title at the beginning of the film.
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During the credits when it shows the coach bus in heavy traffic, there is a van a few cars ahead of the bus with the logo of Riley's dad's company, Brang.
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The creators originally wanted to have 27 emotions in the film, but dropped it down to 5 to make it less complicated.
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In Riley's classroom you can spot a kid wearing a camo shirt. The designs are meant to resemble characters from Toy Story (1995).
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When Riley and her mom were taking a picture in front of a dinosaur statue, it's shown how that dinosaur statue (including the one that the car crashed into), is going to be used for Disney and Pixar's newest movie, The Good Dinosaur (2015).
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Josh Cooley, who is one of the writers, voiced Jangles the Clown. It's also the second Pixar Film where he's voiced a character, the first one being Up (2009) where he voiced Omega the Dog.
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The three female emotions (Joy, Sadness, and Disgust) all appear as their female selves when inside Dad, except that they all have bushy mustaches like their male counterparts do.
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As of Summer 2015, it holds the distinction of owning the largest opening weekend gross without taking the #1 spot on the box office charts. It took in a respectable $90 million its first weekend of release, falling short of the $106 million grossed by Jurassic World (2015) which set a new U.S. record the previous weekend with over $208 million in tickets sales.
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Riley is shown as left-handed.
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Very similar in concept to the TV show Herman's Head (1991) (1991-1994).
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At the rate that imaginary boyfriends were falling into Joy's bag, there would be about 70 of them in the human tower she creates.
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Feature directorial debut of Ronnie Del Carmen.
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In the Canadian French version, director Xavier Dolan is dubbing Fear.
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Richard Kind's fifth Pixar movie, following A Bug's Life (1998), Cars (2006), Toy Story 3 (2010) and Cars 2 (2011).
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"Tripledent Gum", referred to in the recurring Tripledent Gum commercial jingle, is a spoof of two gum brands made by Wrigley: DoubleMint and Trident.
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Riley's parents drive an unbadged 2001 Subaru Forester.
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Amy Poehler and Rashida Jones previously starred together in Parks and Recreation (2009).
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During the DVD commentary of the film, co-directors Pete Docter and Ronnie Del Carmen call Bill Hader on the phone, and they chat with him about the movie. They later call composer Michael Giacchino to talk with him, but they get his answering machine. They leave a message and hang up.
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The famous "A113" reference can also be seen on the train boxcar that Sadness, Joy, and Bing Bong ride on. The A is on the front of the car and 113 is on the back.
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This is the 4th Pixar movie to get a PG rating by the MPAA. The other 3 are: The Incredibles (2004), Up (2009), and Brave (2012). And it is also the first PG rated Pixar Film to not show any blood, which those 5 films had.
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In the German dubbed version of the movie, the two guards are voiced by Dietmar Bär and Klaus J. Behrendt, who star in the long-running german crime series "Tatort" as detective partners.
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There is a noticeable Adobe Acrobat (Adobe Reader) logo. It looks like a triangle with rounded and looped vertexes. It's on a Long Term Memory shelf near pneumatic tube just before Joy has been sucked into that tube and has fallen into Memory Dump.
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Michael Arndt, who previously wrote Toy Story 3 (2010) for Pixar, was initially attached to write this movie but left the project around 2011.
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At the point in development when it was Fear who gets lost with Joy, as opposed to Sadness, Fear was going to be named "Freddie".
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When Joy suggests to recall something funny, Sadness says, "Remember that funny movie where the dog dies?" This is a reference to a story-making tearjerker cliché of making a dog character die to force an emotional response without much effort.
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Amy Poehler (who plays Joy) and Bill Hader (who plays Fear) previously worked together on Saturday Night Live (1975).
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Riley's last name, Andersen, is a reference to Pixar employee Darla K. Anderson, producer of Monsters, Inc. (2001), another film directed by Pete Docter. Although "Anderson" would have been the correct spelling, the film uses "Andersen" instead, possibly since "Anderson" had already been used as a last name in a previous Pixar film, for Bonnie from Toy Story 3 (2010), also produced by Anderson.
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Disgust looks like an older version of Taffyta Muttonfudge from Wreck-It Ralph (2012), both characters were voiced by Mindy Kaling.
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First film to have Amy Poehler, [link-nm0809613], Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling, Bill Hader, Richard Kind, John Ratzenberger, and Bob Peterson work together. Their second will be The Lego Star Wars Movie (2019), a Columbia Pictures film respectively, which stars Albert Brooks.
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Inside Out is the fifth Pixar movie to feature characters that cry at one point in the movie, with the first four being Monsters, Inc. (2001), Toy Story 3 (2010), A Bug's Life (1998) and Brave (2012).
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In early development, Disgust was originally a boy, and ugly as well.
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Emma Stone was considered for the voice of Sadness.
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This is the second animation film to star Bill Hader and Amy Poehler alongside each other, the first being Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil (2011), where they voiced Hansel and Gretel.
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Richard Kind's 5th Pixar film after A Bug's Life (1998), Cars (2006), Toy Story 3 (2010), and Cars 2 (2011).
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The original teaser trailer features clips from every previous Pixar film apart from Toy Story 2 (1999) and Cars 2 (2011).
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Pixar's 6th Film to use both Computer Animation and Traditional Animation, as seen during the Tunnel of Abstract Thought that Joy, Sadness and Bing Bong go through. The other previous 5 had been Monsters, Inc. (2001), The Incredibles (2004), WALL·E (2008), Brave (2012) and Monsters University (2013).
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Pixar's 5th film to have different music accompanying the Disney and Pixar Logos at the start, after Monsters, Inc. (2001), The Incredibles (2004), Ratatouille (2007), and Brave (2012).
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Pete Docter's only film to not have any characters voiced by Pixar's Bob Peterson.
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Two people Joy and Sadness meet around Riley's mind have the same voice actors as the sidekick to the rival of James P "Sulley" Sullivan and Mike Wazowski in Monsters, Inc. (2001) and it's prequel Monsters University (2013) respectively, being Subconsious Guard Dave (Frank Oz, who voiced Jeff Fungus) and Forgetter Bobby (Bobby Moynihan, who voiced Chet Alexander).
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John Cygan's 6th Pixar Film after Cars (2006), WALL·E (2008), Up (2009), Toy Story 3 (2010) and Monsters University (2013), as well as his last Pixar film before his death in 2017.
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The Pixar ball is seen in a flashback of Riley playing with Bing Bong.
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When Riley is playing "The Floor Is Lava", on the table if you're not distracted by Riley, then you will see a magazine with Colette from Ratatouille (2007).
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When Riley has a nightmare of a spooky house, some Easter eggs appear. 1. Remy from Ratatouille (2007) appears. 2. The bear carrying pizza is the bear from Brave (2012). And finally, 3. The pizza says "Eat me! I'm organic!". This phrase is a reference to Fillmore's line from Cars (2006), "It's Organic Man".
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Mary Gibbs second Pixar film (though it's simply only archived audio) after Monsters, Inc. (2001).
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Every Pixar film directed by Pete Docter has grossed more money than the previous one. His first film, Monsters, Inc. (2001) (2001), grossed $525.4 million, (That total increased to $577.4 million when it was re-released in 2012) his second film, Up (2009), grossed $735.1 million, and this film grossed $857.6 million.
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The first Pixar film directed by Pete Docter to not be nominated for Best Original Score.
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Earned a Metascore of 94, the fourth best for a Pixar film. The third/second best for a Pixar film is Toy Story (1995) and WALL·E (2008), which both have a 95, and the best is Ratatouille (2007), which has a 96.
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The first Pixar film to win the Annie Award for Best Voice Acting since Ratatouille (2007).
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There was a major public push to get this film nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. Film critic Richard Roeper even said "Inside Out is a bold, gorgeous, sweet, funny, sometimes heartbreakingly sad, candy-colored adventure that deserves an Academy Award nomination for best picture." When it didn't get a Best Picture nomination, it was widely considered a snub for the category.
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The actors who portray both Sadness and Disgust are played by the same actors who worked together on The Office (2005), and portray very similar emotions and personalities as their Office personas, Kelly Kapur and Phyllis Vance.
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When the story was pitched to Mindy Kaling, she broke down in tears, explaining "I just think it's really beautiful that you guys are making a story that tells kids that it's difficult to grow up and it's OK to be sad about it.
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It was Bill Hader's suggestion that Fear should wear a bow tie.
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Phyllis Smith (who plays Sadness) and Mindy Kaling (who plays Disgust) previously starred together in The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005) and The Office (2005), both with Steve Carrel in the lead.
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The seventh highest grossing film of 2015.
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Diane Lane (who plays Mom) and Kyle MacLachlan (who plays Dad) have each played a role in Superman related media. Lane played Martha Kent in Man of Steel (2013) while MacLachlan provided Superman's voice in the direct to video movie Justice League: The New Frontier (2008).
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Riley appears to be wearing a jersey that has Q-Bert on it from Wreck-It Ralph (2012)
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Reunites Mindy Kaling (Disgust) and Phyllis Smith (Sadness) who previously worked together on the NBC comedy The Office (2005) as Kelly Kapoor and Phyllis Vance.
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When Joy, Sadness, and Bing Bong are in the Abstract Thought room, Bing Bong falls apart and yells "I can't feel my legs". Maybe he heard this line from watching Frozen (2013) when Olaf was in the snow and he yelled "I can't feel my legs".
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Phyllis Smith and Mindy Kaling previously performed together in The Office (2005).
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Amy Poehler and Mindy Kaling, who star together in this film, have both written for a "Deedle-Dee" show: Mindy Kaling for The Office (2005) and Amy Poehler for Parks and Recreation (2009).
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In the European Spanish version, Bing Bong is dubbed by voice actor Carlos Ysbert. Ysbert also provides the voice of Homer Simpson since in the European Spanish version of The Simpsons (1989) since season 12 .
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Amy Poehler (Joy) and 'Phyllis Smith' (Sadness) both starred in _Alvin And The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (2011)_.
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Riley's new hockey team in San Francisco is called the Fog Horns.
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Lewis Black and Mindy Kaling's second movie together since Unaccompanied Minors (2006).
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When Joy runs through the cloud person in Cloud Town, the police officer starts to run after her and another officer says to him "Forget it, Jake. It's Cloud Town." This seems like a reference to the quote "Forget it Jake, its Chinatown." From the film Chinatown (1974).
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While deleting piano lessons from Riley's memories, one of the Forgetters say "Save "Chopsticks" and "Heart and Soul", get rid of the rest"; those two tunes ("Heart and Soul" and "Chopsticks") are played by Josh and MacMillan on the big piano in Big (1988).
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Was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Screenplay, making this the first Pixar film to be nominated for two since Cars (2006).
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First animated film to have Amy Poehler (who voices Joy), Phyllis Smith (who voices Sadness), Lewis Black (who voices Anger), Mindy Kaling (who voices Disgust), Bill Hader (who voices Fear), Richard Kind (who voices Bing Bong), [link=nm0677037 (screenwriter), and John Ratzenberger (who voices Fritz) work together to voice the characters in the movie. Their second will be the Lego Star Wars Movie (2019) respectively, which stars Albert Brooks.
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Bill Hader was approached for a role a week after taking a tour of Pixar studios and sitting in on the story room. He was also asked to contact Amy Poehler, who he knew from Saturday Night Live.
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Lewis Black and Bill Hader didn't actually meet until the movie premiere.
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The last Pixar film to have the "Created and Produced at Pixar Animation Studios Emeryville, CA" credit.
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Sadness looks fairly similar to her voice actress Phyllis Smith.
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In early development, Fear was to tag along with Joy, but they changed it to Sadness, because it would make more sense.
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Main characters' voices on Brazilian version: Miá Mello (Joy), Katiuscia Canoro (Sadness), Dani Calabresa (Disgust), Otaviano Costa (Fear) and Léo Jaime (Anger).
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This is Amy Poehler's first 2015 film role, her 2nd would later be A Very Murray Christmas (2015)
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Cameo 

Nick Pitera: uncredited as the voice singing the Triple-Dent Gum jingle.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Director Pete Docter has said that Bing Bong's voice actor, Richard Kind, was actually crying while recording the line, "Take her to the moon for me, okay?" Kind later admitted to this.
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In the course of the film, Joy experiences all five of the basic emotions: joy being her overall demeanor, anger at Sadness' actions, disgust towards Riley's dream boyfriend, fear towards Jangles the Clown, and finally sadness in the Memory Dump.
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Asked why Bing Bong was kept a secret during promotion, Pete Docter said "We wanted to make sure he was a surprise to the audience, because as a filmmaker, I hate when you go and watch those trailers and they give away everything. You're like 'Okay, well, I guess I don't have to watch the movie.'"
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In the scene where Riley's dream about her new house turns into a nightmare, the music playing in the background is from the Disneyland attraction, The Haunted Mansion.
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The recurring A113 from Pixar films can be seen in graffiti on a wall behind Riley when she is running away.
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"Mixed feelings" become a constant towards the end of the film. This implies that adults experience this almost every time, due to feelings being more complex as one ages.
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Riley jumps off the bus just as it is about to enter Bay Bridge in San Francisco. This is a symbolic point of no return, as Bay Bridge is a start of a very long east bound highway and apparently bus will not make any more stops for many miles.
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When Riley is awake, the "sky" inside her mind is a bright blue. When Riley is asleep, it darkens to a night sky. When Riley's personality breaks down and she becomes depressed and apathetic, it becomes cloudy and stormy.
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Sadness never interacts with Disgust, Anger, and Fear, only with Joy & Bing Bong. Despite this, Fear did help her back into Headquarters when she and Joy returned.
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At the beginning of the movie memory balls just have one color (yellow, blue, red, green and purple). At the end, memory balls have colors mixed. This implies the maturity of Riley's feelings as she leaves childhood for adolescence.
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Joy turning off the control console the first night in San Francisco when Riley dreams about her new house and city (as well as when Joy and Sadness wake Riley up with a nightmare to resume the Train of Thought) doesn't allow Riley to process her emotions and feelings, which often occur later subconsciously while dreaming during the REM cycle. This adds to Riley's emotional breakdown and accelerates her depression.
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Headquarters, where Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger, and Disgust live, is located directly above the Memory Dump and is connected to the rest of the brain by thin hooks. This could imply that when a person is dying, headquarters will fall irredeemably to the Memory Dump, vanishing upon death.
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At the end with the cat, the background poster says 'sure locks for homes', a reference to Sherlock Holmes.
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Bing Bong's final line is often quoted as being "Take her to the moon for me, Joy." This is actually a misquote; the line is actually said as "Take her to the moon for me, okay?"
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Joy is both Riley's first born emotion and the one in charge. This could be cause-consequence, or just because she is a main character.
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Out of all the emotions, Joy is sometimes seen as the only positive emotion, with the other emotions being seen as negative. Of course, through watching the movie, we are shown that there are no negative or positive emotions.
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The Transway bus line, which Riley takes when she runs away, is named after the Transbay Terminal, a transportation complex in downtown San Francisco that served local and national bus lines. The art deco Transway Terminal seen in Inside Out is based on two San Francisco buildings: the original 1939 Transbay Terminal, which was demolished in 2010, to be replaced by a new Transbay transit center; and an art deco building on South Van Ness & 14th Street, which was originally a bakery, but is now used as a BMW dealership.
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Everyone in the movie has their own gender characters. The mom has girls in her head and the dad has boys. Riley has both boys and girls.
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When Joy and Sadness are walking by Long Term Memory, Joy meets the Forgetters, responsible for erasing old memories to send them to Memory Dump. Old memories are depicted as memory balls in gray, marking that the memories have lost this force.
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The diverse Islands of Personality appear at the edge of the Memory Dump, between this and the Long Term Memory. This implies that they work using memory balls from Long Term Memory to create a single personality, throwing to the Memory Dump the less used or less important memory balls.
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In the movie Joy is the first emotion to appear, followed by Sadness, Fear, Disgust, and Anger.
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During the new console set up in the end of the film, JOY answers an inquiry and says that the button titled "puberty" may not be of any real importance, which kind of symbolises the fact that the initial phase of adolescence isn't much fun or exactly joyful, but rather confusing!
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