Pete Docter likes to make me cry. In fact, I’m pretty sure he’s made you cry too. As the writer-director of Pixar’s Up and Monsters, Inc. and a contributing writer on other Pixar films like WALL-E, Toy Story, and Toy Story 2, Docter has shown an amazing ability to inject life and feelings into computer generated images. In his latest film, Inside Out, Docter has crafted an animation masterpiece that will absolutely go down as one of the best films of 2015 and something that will be talked about for years to come. Trust me: this is a film you want to see as soon as you can, and you might want to bring something for the tears.
As most of you know from the trailers and our extensive coverage, the film takes place inside the mind of an 11-year-old girl, Riley Anderson (Kaitlyn Dias), where the personifications of her emotions run the show. When Riley is uprooted from her home in the Midwest so her father can take a new job in San Francisco, Fear (Bill Hader), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling), and Joy (Amy Poehler) try to help her cope with the sudden change.
At the Los Angeles press day I landed an exclusive video interview with Pete Docter. He talked about the various original plots, when he knew the film was a success, the idea behind the awesome closing credits (it’s spoiler free), Easter eggs, what will be on the Blu-ray, and he even plays “Save or Kill.” In addition, he talks about his reaction to seeing The Good Dinosaur, the thinking behind moving forward on Toy Story 4, and the other films currently in development at Pixar.
Here’s the interview followed by the time index of the conversation.
- 0:20 – When he knew the film had come together and was a success.
- 1:00 – The different plots they had until they settled on one.
- 1:54 – The idea behind the closing credits.
- 2:22 – What people can expect for the Blu-ray.
- 3:05 – Easter eggs.
- 4:22 – Save or kill.
- 6:21 – How Pixar has changed since he started working there.
- 7:32 – The thinking behind moving forward on Toy Story 4.
- 8:07 – His reaction to The Good Dinosaur.
- 8:44 – His reaction other films currently in development at Pixar.
- 9:11 – If he wants to avoid watching other Pixar films so he won’t spoil the experience.