Pixar Filmmakers Offer Sneak Peek at ‘Inside Out’ at DGA

Pixar hosted an intimate, behind-the-scenes look at its upcoming kaleidoscopic journey into the mind “Inside Out” at the DGA on June 19, one year to the day before the animated feature’s scheduled opening.

Helmer Pete Docter and producer Jonas Rivera showed clips from the film and discussed the complex research into the subject of the mind and emotions that led to their decisions about the story of young Riley and her five key emotions: Joy, Sadness, Disgust, Anger and Fear.

Pixar general manager and exec VP of production Jim Morris said the project has “changed the way I think about thought and emotion.”

Docter and Rivera have been working on “Inside Out” for four years, which Rivera noted is like dog years in the intense world of animation.

After the sneak peek at “Inside Out,” the audience was treated to the next Pixar short, a volcanic love story called “Lava.” Jim Murphy, head of animation at Pixar, makes his directorial debut with the short and said he was inspired by tropical locales, active volcanoes and Hawaiian music. He then proceeded to serenade the crowd with a few bars of the music he wrote for the short, accompanied by ukelele. “Lava” will be the short that opens before “Inside Out” in theaters.

After the presentation, Pixar treated guests to refreshments while the filmmakers chatted. Docter said he was being ruled by Joy after showing off his latest work, but that “at different times I can relate to each one of those guys. Anger came easiest to me as a writer, I don’t know why,” he quipped, adding, “Fear and Joy rule a lot of the time for me.”

One of the reasons Docter chose the complex landscape of the mind for his follow-up to “Up” was to push the boundaries of where animation can go, and he’s already giving some thought about what his next project might be. “Where else can I go that’s going to be different and exciting to me in some way,” he said.

(A poster for the next Pixar short “Lava”)

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