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Inside Out
Inside Out poster
Directed by Pete Docter

Ronnie del Carmen (Co-Director)

Produced by Jonas Rivera
Written by Pete Docter (Story and Screenplay)

Ronnie del Carmen (Story)

Meg LeFauve (Screenplay)

Josh Cooley (Screenplay)


Starring Amy Poehler

Lewis Black

Mindy Kaling

Phyllis Smith

Bill Hader


Music by Michael Giacchino


Editors Kevin Nolting


Cinematography Unknown


Studios Walt Disney Pictures

Pixar Animation Studios


Distributors Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures


Release date (s) June 19, 2015


Language English


Preceded by Monsters University (2013)


Followed by The Good Dinosaur (2015)


Meet the little voices inside your head.

―Tagline

Inside Out is a 2015 American 3D computer-animated comedy-drama Disney/Pixar film, released on June 19, 2015. It is Pixar's 15th feature-length animated film. In keeping with Pixar tradition, a short film called Lava accompanied the movie.

Plot Edit

A girl named Riley is born in Minnesota, and within her mind, five manifestations of her emotions—Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust, and Anger—come to life. The emotions live in Headquarters, Riley's conscious mind, where they influence Riley's actions and memories via a control console. Her new memories are housed in colored orbs, which are sent into storage at the end of every waking period. The most important or "core" memories are housed in a hub in Headquarters and power five "islands" that each reflect a different aspect of Riley's personality. Joy acts as the dominant emotion to keep Riley in a happy state, but she and the others do not understand Sadness' purpose.

When Riley is 11 years old, her family relocates to San Francisco after her father gets a new job. Joy becomes concerned when Sadness begins touching happy memories, causing them to turn sad, so she tries to keep her isolated. However, on Riley's first day at her new school, Sadness accidentally makes her cry in front of her class, creating a new, sad core memory. Joy attempts to dispose of the new memory before it reaches the central hub, but she accidentally knocks the other core memories loose in her struggle with Sadness, shutting down the personality islands and making them unstable. Before Joy can put them back, she, Sadness, and the core memories are sucked out of Headquarters through the memory tube leading to the rest of Riley's mind. They end up in the labyrinthine storage area of Riley's long-term memories and set out to return to Headquarters.

Anger, Disgust and Fear attempt to maintain Riley's emotional state in Joy's absence, but they inadvertently cause her to distance herself from her parents, friends and hobbies. Consequently, Riley's personality islands crumble and fall one by one into the Memory Dump, an abyss between Headquarters and the rest of Riley's mind where faded memories are disposed and forgotten, slowly sending her into a depression. Anger decides to insert an idea to run away to Minnesota into the control console, believing they can produce new happy memories there. Meanwhile, Joy and Sadness run into Bing Bong, Riley's childhood imaginary friend who is desperate to reconnect with her. He tells them they can get to Headquarters by riding the Train of Thought. After exploring different areas of Riley's mind, the three eventually catch the train, but it becomes derailed when another personality island falls.

As Riley prepares to board a bus bound for Minnesota, Joy attempts to use a recall tube to return to Headquarters, but the last personality island falls and breaks the tube, sending Joy into the Memory Dump along with Bing Bong when he tries to rescue her. While despairingly looking through old memories, Joy discovers a sad memory in Riley's life that becomes happy when her parents and friends come to comfort her over losing a hockey game. This causes Joy to realize Sadness's true importance: alerting others to when Riley needs help. Joy and Bing Bong then seek out Bing Bong's discarded song-powered wagon to escape, but after several failed attempts, Bing Bong realizes their combined weight is too much, and on a final attempt he jumps out to allow Joy to escape and fades away. Joy then uses various tools from Imagination Land to propel both herself and Sadness to Headquarters, where they find that Anger's idea has disabled the control console, rendering Riley apathetic. At Joy's urging, Sadness takes control and successfully removes the idea, reactivating the console and prompting Riley to return home.

As Sadness reinstalls the core memories, Riley arrives home and breaks down in tears, confessing to her parents that she misses her old life. As her parents comfort and reassure her, Joy and Sadness work together to create a new, amalgamated core memory that creates a new personality island. A year later, Riley has adapted to her new home, and her emotions all work together using an expanded control console to help her lead a happy and more emotionally complex life, with more new personality islands produced by new core memories that are combinations of multiple emotions.

Voice Cast Edit

  • Lola Cooley as young Riley
  • Mary Gibbs as young Riley (during her crying and tantrums) (recycled recordings from Monsters, Inc.)
  • Diane Lane as Jill Andersen
  • Kyle MacLachlan as Bill Andersen
  • Paris Van Dyke as Meg
  • Pete Docter as Father's Anger
  • Carlos Alazraqui as Father's Fear / Brazilian Helicopter Pilot
  • Lori Alan as Mother's Sadness
  • Sherry Lynn as Mother's Joy
  • Frank Oz as Subconscious Guard Dave
  • Dave Goelz as Subconscious Guard Frank
  • Paula Poundstone as Forgetter Paula
  • Bobby Moynihan as Forgetter Bobby
  • Flea as Mind Worker Cop Jake
  • Paula Pell as Dream Director / Mother's Anger
  • Rashida Jones as Cool Girl's Emotions
  • Peter Sagal as Jangles' Joy
  • Laraine Newman as Mother's Fear
  • Josh Cooley as Jangles the Clown
  • John Ratzenberger as Fritz
  • Dawnn Lewis as the Teacher

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