What does the inside of your head look like? Is it cluttered? Organized? Full of cobwebs? After screening the majority of Pixar Inside Out I started to wonder myself. How does my brain function, what emotions do I use the most, or better yet what does it look like in that big empty space of a brain.
To answer my own question, I relate my brain to an early edition of Donkey Kong. You may ask why Donkey Kong? I kind of think Mario as my my inner person, that manages everything in my head. sort of like “Joy” in Pixar’s new film Inside Out. For me Mario is normally running up hill, jumping obstacles to over come the emotionally offset Donkey Kong. My one dimensional Donkey Kong isn’t the kind of monkey you want to hang around with. He finds it easy to become disgusted, sad or even angry during my day-to-day life.
I like to think my brain isn’t so complicated or complex. But, after sitting and listening to the creators of Inside Out, I have a new perspective of my inner thoughts.
Pixar Inside Out: Inside the Mind
One of our sessions at Pixar Studios included a sit down with Production Designer Ralph Eggleston and learn more about the inside design of Riley’s head.
Ralph took us on a journey or good and bad with Riley, and explained things transitioned over the period of the movie. For instance, Ralph shared that Riley was a Joy-full child growing up, with plenty of good memories, and not some many bad. He shared with us how they wanted to show multiply sides of Riley. One being the real life side of Riley, the one that she shared with her Mom and Dad. It was interesting to learn that at a young age everything was bright with colors and feelings, but would during the period of the movie it would slow down and get darker in colors.
As Ralph Eggleston navigated us through the hundreds of illustrations on the wall to compile Inside Out,we could see that the inner thoughts stayed bright and vibrate. Much more complicated than my 80’s Donkey Kong video game. When you go see the new Pixar Inside Out you will see that Mr Eggleston and his team put together brain for Riley. All the way from the memory balls to the control center.
Disney Pixar Inside Out Premieres June 19th
Here is a quick run down of Inside Out:
Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it’s no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley’s main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.
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INSIDE OUT opens in theatres everywhere on June 19th!