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Cannes 2015: Pixar’s ‘Inside Out’ Panel

Cannes 2015: Pixar's 'Inside Out' Panel

Dany Vasquez has provided huge publicity support to SydneysBuzz here at the Cannes Film Festival 2015, and is a part of the new generation of passionate media talents in the film industry. She recently attended the TimesTalk (New York Times) at Cannes 2015 with Director Pete Docter,  Producer Jonas Rivera, plus award-winning actors Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling, Lewis Black and Phyllis Smith. Here’s what she had to say:

By Dany Vasquez:

If I hadn’t wanted to see Pixar’s “Inside Out” before, the
TimesTalk panel at the American Pavilion would have easily changed my mind. 

Not that there is ever a reason not to watch a Pixar movie –
except maybe their tendency to make you cry within the first five minutes.

“Inside Out” tells the story of Riley, a young girl whose
world turns upside down when her parents move to San Francisco causing Riley’s
emotions, led by Joy, to work overtime as they guide her through this
life-changing event. However, when Joy and Sadness get lost within Riley’s
mind, only Anger, Fear, and Disgust are left at the wheel.

The panel featured Director Pete Docter and Producer Jonas Rivera, accompanied
by cast members Amy Poehler (Joy), Mindy Kaling (Disgust), Lewis Black (Anger),
and Phyllis Smith (Sadness).

My first thought after watching the trailer was how they managed to create such
three-dimensional characters out of emotions, which by definition should be
one-dimensional. The way the film expertly navigates the nuances and
contradictions makes it one of the most refreshing original stories to come out
of Pixar in a long time.

The premise was a hard one to sell, even for the actors

“It’ll be interesting to be in Pixar’s first major flop,”
quipped Lewis Black when asked about his reaction to the script.

Aside from the wild premise of personified emotions, the
cast also talked about the impact of having the heroine of the story be a young
11-year-old girl. It was great to hear the female cast members speak about the
importance of her character, which could have easily fallen into a tired

 “This is a girl just
trying to be happy,” said Mindy Kaling. “Not confident, vivacious, or
sexualized. It’s a very refreshing change.”

One of my favorite things about Pixar is their consistent
emphasis on good storytelling, and how they always manage to find the appeal
for both kids and adults.

“We just want to see us on screen,” said Pete Docter.
Although there are certain things that audiences react to differently,
depending on the country and the culture, “Inside Out” undoubtedly has an
element of the universal childhood experience that everyone can relate to.

This emotional connection allows the film to move beyond the
gender politics and cultural differences and reach the audience in a unique

“Inside Out” opens
in US theaters on June 19.

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