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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.

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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.

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.
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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.

3. The newspapers Anger reads have headlines about what's happening in Riley's day.

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4. A team of 45 animators worked on the movie, about half the size of previous Pixar films.

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It takes about a week to produce three seconds of animation.

5. In the "first day of school" scene, one of the "cool girls" is wearing a skull shirt similar to Sid's in Toy Story.

6. Richard Kind, the voice of Bing Bong, was actually crying when he recorded the line, "Take her to the moon for me, Joy."

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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."
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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."

8. Writers originally drew six emotions: the current five, plus "Surprise."

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The character was eventually subsumed into Fear.

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

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.)
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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.)

10. Riley's San Francisco house has the address 21 Royal St., which is the name of Disneyland's new restaurant.

There's no actual 21 Royal Street in San Francisco, though there is a 21 Royal Lane.
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There's no actual 21 Royal Street in San Francisco, though there is a 21 Royal Lane.

11. Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers is the voice behind Mind Worker Cop Jake.

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12. When an Emotion interacts with the console, it gets tinted that color.

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13. In a scrapped scene, Joy swims down into the realm of "unconsciousness."

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Producer Jonas Rivera describes the realm as "like a river."

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."

15. The camera is often a little shaky when Riley is sad or upset.

16. The globe in Riley's classroom is the same model seen in Toy Story.

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17. When Riley's dreams shift into nightmares, the film plays the theme music from Disneyland's Haunted Mansion ride.

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18. The console in headquarters gets bigger as Riley gets older.

19. Joy glows yellow, but if you look closely, she has a blue aura. This foreshadows her eventual acceptance of Sadness.

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