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19 Super-Interesting Facts About Pixar's "Inside Out"

Joy's secret glow, Anger's magic newspapers, a major plot hole, and more.

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1. The bubbly texture of the characters' skin cost a fortune to animate.

Joy's effervescent skin was originally supposed to be limited to just her, but the producers eventually applied it to every character at the risk of spending way too much of their budget. Ralph Eggleston, the film's production designer, told Cinema Blend: "We worked on the idea of her [Joy] being effervescent or sparkly for champagne bubbles, for about 8 months. And it got to the point where we couldn’t afford to do it. When [Pixar exec] John [Lasseter] saw it on Joy he said, 'That’s great. Put it on all the characters.' 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."

2. Disgust is shaped like a piece of broccoli.

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And the other emotions have intentional shapes as well: Anger looks like a brick, Fear is tall and thin like a nerve, Joy is shaped like a star, and Sadness resembles a teardrop.


7. There's a plot hole: Why didn't Joy just push the core memories back up through the pneumatic tube that the forgetters use to send up the Tripledent gum jingle?

Director Pete Docter addresses this in an interview with Rope of Silicon: "We discussed that on the way and it was one of those things where we kind of boxed ourselves in a corner a little bit. We added the recall thing later, when they were doing the song that got stuck in her head. Our argument was that Joy wouldn't trust the memories would be fine on her own, she needed to be up there too."


9. Did you catch that Finding Nemo reference in Imagination Land?

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One of the board games, wryly called "Find Me!", shows a picture of a clownfish. (The game below it, Dinosaur World, could also be a reference to Pixar's upcoming The Good Dinosaur.)


14. In early versions of the film, Joy was paired with Fear, not Sadness.

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"But we veered off course from that in the long run," Docter tells The Dissolve. "We realized that wasn’t really saying what we were trying to talk about, with the laws of childhood and the pain of growing up. That was a real pivotal moment of redoing the story, pairing Joy with Sadness."


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