Now available on Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, and Digital HD, Pixar Animation Studios’ Inside Out is an animated wonder, no matter how you choose to watch it. I had the chance to see the film again on Blu-ray, along with all of the bonus features, and here’s my train of thought about the experience.
I loved this film when I saw it on the big screen this past summer and my feelings remain the same watching it at home. Director Pete Docter and his brilliant team have come up a film so beautiful, so clever, so funny, so meaningful, and so touching, it boggles the mind. The Blu-ray transfer was perfect as was the picture (the film is 1080p High Definition with an aspect ratio of 2.39:1; full specs are listed below).
The set includes Pixar’s wonderful Lava short, directed by James Ford Murphy, which was attached to the theatrical release of Inside Out. Also included is a new short created especially for the home release of the film called Riley’s First Date?. [sic] The new short carries on the theme of the various emotions operating the minds of Riley, her parents, and her new friend Jordan. Directed by Josh Cooley, it’s comedy genius.
A quote from one of the bonus features states that “Pete [Docter] finds his movies, rather than makes them.” All of the bonus features attest to this. The bonus features (full list below) provide a real view into the intensive creative process of making of this film. Interviews with Pete Docter, co-director Ronnie Del Carmen, producer Jonas Rivera, and others, impart an insight into the things that really makes Pixar Animation Studios special—things like their maniacal focus on story, their focus on real emotion, that filmmaking is such an elaborate and detailed process, and that it takes a village (and then some) to get one of their films made.
Two of my favorite “behind the scenes” bonus features were “Our Dads, The Filmmakers” and “The Misunderstood Art of Animation Film Editing.”
Ellie Docter, daughter of Pete Docter, and Gracie Giacchino, daughter of the film’s music composer Michael Giacchino, made a mini documentary about their dads called, aptly, “Our Dads, the Filmmakers.” It was a cool, personal way to show the collaboration between a film’s director and its composer. And, again, it provided a wonderful insight into the creative process that went into the making of the film (plus, Michael Giacchino’s soundtrack for Inside Out is just exceptional).
“The Misunderstood Art of Animation Film Editing” focuses on Kevin Nolting, the editor of Inside Out. It provided a fascinating window into a critical, yet unglamorous, component of making an animated film. The editor is person who brings everything together, from dialogue, to visuals, to sound. The bonus feature is a funny and unflinching look into the work of an unsung hero of the animation process. (And make sure to look for the drawing of Kevin in Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room at Disneyland.)
Kudos to Pixar Animation Studios for not only creating a brilliant film, but for assembling a home release that truly delivers. It really brought me, well, joy.
The following bonus features are available on the Inside Out Digital HD, Blu-ray Combo Pack and Disney Movies Anywhere (DMA) releases as specified (with some additional features that may vary by retailer):
- Riley’s First Date? (In-Home Exclusive Animated Short Film) – Riley, now 12, is hanging out at home with her parents in San Francisco when potential trouble comes knocking: a boy shows up at the door. Can Mom and Dad’s emotions handle “Riley’s First Date?”
- LAVA (Theatrical Short Film) – Inspired by the isolated beauty of tropical islands and the explosive allure of ocean volcanoes, LAVA is a musical love story that takes place over millions of years.
- Story of the Story – Director Pete Docter talks about the evolution of Inside Out, from the ideas and memories that inspired the story through the hurdles, explorations and experiences that helped shape it into the film it is today.
- Paths to Pixar: The Women of Inside Out – Inside Out filmmakers, from voice actors to animators to production crew, talk about their paths, their goals, the challenges they’ve faced and the lessons they’ve learned along the way
- Mixed Emotions – Inside Out‘s filmmakers talk about how they decided which emotions to focus on in the story and how they went about creating each one’s distinct personality and visual identity
- Mapping the Mind – Inside Out‘s artists take you through the years-long process of designing and creating a world everyone knows, but no one has ever seen – the human mind.
- Our Dads, the Filmmakers – Elie Docter (daughter of director, Pete Docter) and Grace Giacchino (daughter of composer, Michael Giacchino) bring you behind the scenes for an inside look at the making of the film.
- Into the Unknown: The Sound of Inside Out – What is the sound of a memory forming? Sound designer Ren Klyce describes the challenges – and the unique solutions – involved in creating the aural world of Inside Out.
- The Misunderstood Art of Animation Film Editing – Learn more about the crucial role of an animation film editor, who helps take the story from its earliest, most exploratory versions, to the final, polished film you see onscreen.
- Deleted Scenes
- Riley Grows Up – In this scene from a version of the film where the primary relationship was between Joy and Fear (then named Freddie), the emotions begin to notice a change in Riley.
- Joy’s Decline – Joy’s struggles to make sense of the limitations on Riley’s behavior that seem to be springing up at every turn.
- Misdirection – Joy and Freddie encounter a group of Riley’s “retired” imaginary friends, including an early version of Big Bong.
- Construction – Joy is guided through Riley’s mind by a radical non-conformist, Bing Bong, outraged by the demolition of older areas like Imagination Park.
- Commentary – Commentary includes participation from directors Pete Docter and Ronnie del Carmen, and producer Jonas Rivera.
- Mind Candy – A montage of toolkit and interstitials produced for Inside Out.
- Inside Out Trailers – A collection of domestic and international trailers made for Inside Out.
- Designing Abstract Thought – Inside Out character designer Albert Lozano describes the challenging, exciting and appropriately nonlinear process of designing the films “Abstract Thought” sequence.
- Deleted Scenes
- Joy Alone – Pursuing a lost memory underneath the ocean, Joy is given a chance to fulfill her heart’s desire.
- Imagination Park – Joy is chased through a reactivated Imagination Park by an antagonistic Freddie.
Blu-ray and DVD Specifications
FEATURE RUN TIME: Approximately 94 min.
RATING: Feature Film: PG in U.S.A.
ASPECT RATIO: Blu-ray Feature Film = 1080p High Definition / 2.39:1; DVD Feature Film = 2.39:1
AUDIO: Blu-ray = 7.1 DTS; DVD = 5.1 Dolby
LANGUAGES: English, French, and Spanish
SUBTITLES: English SDH, French, and Spanish