See the 'Inside Out' Emotions That Didn't Make the Movie

See the 'Inside Out' Emotions That Didn't Make the Movie

Nov 02, 2015


Last summer, Pixar's Inside Out took audiences into the brain of young Riley as she was uprooted from her beloved Midwestern home by her parents' decision to move to San Francisco. Her primary emotions -- Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust, and Sadness -- were thrown into conflict as Riley struggled to adapt to a new city, a new house and a new school.

The movie met with critical and popular success, earning more than $354 million at the U.S. box office. Inevitably, however, some wondered how Riley's emotions were selected. While six "classic" emotions -- happy, surprised, afraid, disgusted, angry and sad -- have long been recognized, recent research suggests there may be only four "basic" emotions: happy, sad, afraid/surprised, and angry/disgusted. So how did Pixar decide which emotions made the final cut?

Director Pete Docter says that they started with more emotions, but decided to cut them "just for simplicity's sake," because otherwise it would have been quite crowded in little Riley's brain! The filmmakers' original idea to name the emotions after people ultimately became too confusing, so that was changed. An early scene used the proper names (see below) for all the emotions, including a couple that were cut. .


Emotions that ended up on the cutting room floor, according to USA Today, included Hope (see above), Irritation ... 

Inside Out - Irritation



Inside Out - Greed


...Shame and Embarrassment...

Inside Out - Embarrassment



Inside Out - Love


Plus Pride, Envy, Gloom, Despair, and Depression. Docter says that his team considered up to 26 different emotions in their research, which began in 2009. In the end, he asked himself, "Which emotions feel instinctively like the ones appropriate for the story of this girl?' And that's how we came up with the five that we have." Producer Jonas Rivera added: "When we heard the cast all recorded, it was like, this works. It just felt right to us." The emotions were voiced by Amy Poehler (Joy), Bill Hader (Fear), Lewis Black (Anger), Mindy Kaling (Disgust) and Phyllis Smith (Sadness).

Inside Out hits home video shelves in a special Blu-ray/DVD edition, available tomorrow.

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