30 Facts You May Not Know About Inside Out

Inside Out gave us an up-close look at the emotions that are inside us all or, more personally, inside Riley – a happy, hockey-loving 11-year-old Midwestern girl. This critically acclaimed movie, staring Amy Poehler as Joy and Phyllis Smith as Sadness, started a very important conversation about mental health and will more than likely be analysed by film students for years to come.

Here are our favorite 30 facts about Inside Out (with spoilers).

1. Each emotion is based on a shape

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.


2. Scenes from other Pixar movies make an appearance

Some of the memory balls in Riley’s mind contain scenes from other Pixar movies, such as Carl and Ellie’s wedding in Up and Sunnyside Daycare from Toy Story 3.


3. Mindy Kaling was moved to tears when she read the script

When Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera pitched the film to Mindy Kaling (Disgust), 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!”.

When 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”.


4. The recurring A113 from Pixar films is seen throughout the movie

The recurring A113 Easter egg comes from the room number 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.

In Inside out, the A113 Easter egg be seen in graffiti on a wall behind Riley when she is running away. A113 is also the class room number at Riley’s new school.


5. In Riley’s classroom, 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.


6. The movie received an eight-minute standing ovation at its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival.

Here are some highlights from the purple carpet for the world premiere, presented by DisneyExaminer:


7. Finding Nemo and The Good Dinosaur also get a nod

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, and another game, named “Dinosaur World,” is a nod to Pixar movie “The Good Dinosaur”, released in November 2015.


8. Pete Docter’s inspiration for this film came from watching his own daughter go through the turbulent part of growing up.

Pete Docter and Daughter Elie.


9. The movie could have had a completely different title

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”.

10. The voice of toddler-age Riley is taken from another Pixar movie

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. She is even listed in the credits under additional voices. Coincidentally, toddler-age Riley’s hair is styled the same way as Boo’s.

11. There were other lands in Riley’s mind

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).

12. The cards in Imagination Land show the faces of Mom and Dad

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”.


13. There is a Hidden Mickey in the control console

In the middle of the control console, the top three buttons form a Hidden Mickey.


14. There are two different versions of the movie

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.


15. Riley’s imaginary boyfriend was inspired by One Direction

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.


Halfway there. Let’s take a break with every possible emotion overlap in Inside Out.

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16. The “Reality Distortion Filter” was inspired by former Pixar CEO Steve Jobs

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 do anything to convince his employees they could get the job done: they called it Steve’s “reality distortion filter.”


17. Colette Tatou, a character from Ratatouille, appears on a magazine cover.

Colette Tatou from Ratatouille also makes a cameo. She is seen on a magazine cover when Riley is younger.


18. Bing Bong’s flower pin gives a nod to a sixth emotion

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. However, there is a sixth color, orange, which was meant for Riley’s sixth emotion: Suprise! The character was ultimately scraped and mixed in with Fear.


19. Riley’s computer also contains Easter eggs

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.

We also now that 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 Ellie Docter, daughter of director Pete Docter, and whom the character of Riley is based off of.


20. There is a reference to the 1974 movie, Chinatown.

When Joy, Sadness and Bing Bong are in Cloudtown, A talking “memory cop” references Chinatown by saying, “Forget her Jake, it’s Cloudtown”.


21. Riley’s house in San Francisco shares an address with a restaurant in Disneyland

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.


22. Sid’s (Toy Story) classic skull shirt makes an appearance

One of the kids has a shirt with a skull on it resembling Sid’s shirt from Toy Story.


23. Pixar’s iconic Luxo Jr. Ball makes a cameo

The Luxo Jr. (1986) Ball can be seen in the flashback of Riley playing tag with Bing Bong.


24. Disney Parks character, Figment, also makes a cameo

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.


25. Pete Docter also moved from Minnesota to California

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.


26. The Pizza Planet truck shows up in Riley’s memory

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.


27. There is another reference to Disneyland

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.


28. Riley’s last name comes from a Pixar employee

Riley’s last name, Andersen, is a reference to Pixar employee Darla K. Anderson, producer of Monsters, Inc., 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, also produced by Anderson.


29. Bing Bong was kept a secret in the trailers

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.'”


30. 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.

Phew! Well, with that emotional final fact, I’d say I’m about ready for a vacation to Disney World. Check out our exclusive hotel discount provider for up to 60% off Walt Disney World resort hotels at David’s Vacation Club Rentals.

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