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AFI Movie Club: INSIDE OUT

In 2015, the American Film Institute honored INSIDE OUT with an AFI AWARD – recognizing it as one of the most culturally and artistically significant films of the year. 

Watch Mayim Bialik announce INSIDE OUT:

Movie Trivia about INSIDE OUT

-DID YOU KNOW that co-director Peter Docter was inspired to make INSIDE OUT after watching his daughter change as she was growing up? 

-DID YOU KNOW Joy’s effervescent skin was originally supposed to be limited to just her, but the producers liked it so much that they applied it to every character – even though it increased the budget significantly? 

-DID YOU KNOW that Pixar animators originally drew six emotions – including “Surprise” in addition to the final five? 

-DID YOU KNOW that the movie featured about 45 animators, about half as many as previous Pixar films? 

-DID YOU KNOW that the distinct personalities of the different emotions were inspired by the dwarfs in SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS? 

-DID YOU KNOW that all of the emotions in the film have intentional shapes? Joy is shaped like a star, Sadness resembles a teardrop, Anger looks like a brick, Fear is tall and thin like a nerve and Disgust is shaped like a piece of broccoli. 

-DID YOU KNOW that in an early version of the script it was Joy and Fear who got lost together, instead of Joy and Sadness? 

-DID YOU KNOW that Peter Docter enlisted the help of psychologists and other experts to serve as consultants throughout the making of INSIDE OUT in order to make the way Riley’s mind works scientifically accurate? 

-DID YOU KNOW that when Peter Docter originally pitched the concept for INSIDE OUT, he’d envisioned someone like Lewis Black voicing the part of Anger? Ultimately, the role actually ended up being played by Black himself! 

-DID YOU KNOW that when they were pitching Mindy Kaling, who would ultimately land the role of Disgust, she was moved to tears? She 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.” Co-director Peter Docter quickly exclaimed, “Quick! Write that down!” 

-DID YOU KNOW that INSIDE OUT was nominated at the 88th Academy Awards® for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Screenplay?

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The movie doesn’t end at the credits: Family-friendly Discussion Questions

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-How do you see the five basic emotions acting and interacting in your life? How aware are you of your emotions? 

-What are some of your most vivid “core memories” and why do they stand out? 

-How do memories change with the passage of time? 

-Why do you think the filmmakers decided to set the film predominantly inside the head of a child? How would the movie be different if it were inside the mind of an adult? 

-What is the difference between happiness and joy? 

-What happens when you suppress emotions? What was the film trying to convey when Riley feels pressure to always appear positive after her parents call her their “happy girl”? 

-How does life improve when Riley talks about her real feelings, even if she feels sad? 

-Do you recognize when your emotions are mixed, like when Joy and Sadness work together? Are there certain emotions you try to ignore, and if so, what do you lose by suppressing them? 

-Do you think that our society values certain emotions over others? Which ones and why? 

-What is your favorite Pixar film? How would you rate INSIDE OUT? 

In this exclusive AFI Archive video, writer Meg LeFauve talks about making INSIDE OUT: 

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