Pixar’s latest film, “Inside Out,” has many questioning which emotions are at the helm of their mind headquarters. They’re not alone; Mindy Kaling grappled with the same question.
In the movie, Joy (Amy Poehler) is arguably the captain of 11-year old Riley’s emotional console with Fear (Bill Hader), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Anger (Lewis Black) and Disgust (Kaling) as her co-pilots.
While “Inside Out” focuses primarily on what’s going on inside Riley’s head, there are occasions where it bounces to the emotional headquarters of other characters in the film, like her mom and dad. In their adult years they have different emotions sitting in the pilot seat, which begs the question — which emotions are calling the shots in our own heads?
“I would say that I am largely ruled by Joy and Fear. Those would be the two that are jockeying to have the controls,” Kaling tells Zap2it.
In fact, Kaling admits that it’s Poehler and Hader’s renditions of the characters that now make up her inner monologue.
Both Amy Poehler and Mindy Kaling voice emotions in Disney-Pixar’s Inside Out that cultivate personality islands in the mind of Riley, the young girl whose brain the film takes place in. During the L.A. press junket, the two actresses/writers/producers talked about how they nurture their personality islands through collaboration, important core memories, and resonating with young girls, who are inspired by their success as women in entertainment.
Q: Amy, I wanna ask you about sitting down with him (Pete Doctor), going through the script, and maybe making adjustments to certain things about it. What was that like to do that with Pixar?
Amy Poehler: It was awesome. I have a theory that with the exception of a few eccentric geniuses, I feel like most talented people are good collaborators, because they are not threatened by other people’s good ideas, because they have a million of them. It was awesome, and my fear was that Joy would get annoying, and apparently she was, because no one wanted to be her. That’s okay. That’s okay, but just tracking that, and making sure that she’s – you know what I mean. We talked a lot about that and pitched jokes, ways to walk that line where you weren’t like… she wasn’t driving you crazy.
Q: Mindy… and Amy if you might like to chime in. Of course, the movie is all about feelings and memories. What is a core memory that you have as performer or writer or producer?
Mindy Kaling: Sure. First, I’d just like to say that the idea of a core memory… if that’s something that Pete and Jonas and Ronnie in this movie named it, I didn’t know it (before). There are such things as core memories, and that’s what’s so enjoyable about the movie as you’re watching. You’re like, “Thank you for putting a name on that. Now I know.” For me, my core memory was that my mother who was my absolute best friend… she was an OB/GYN when I was very little. I would have that thing with my brothers, competitive about spending time with her alone, like one on one. That was so important to me, that no one would be around except the two of us.
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Mindy Kaling started crying during a casting session for Inside Out, the new Disney/Pixar animated film that turns emotions into colourful characters inside a young girl’s head.
Producer Jonas Rivera and writer/director Peter Docter were taken aback. With collaborative credits that go all the way back to Toy Story in 1995 — Docter co-wrote that CGI groundbreaker; Rivera was Pixar’s first intern — they thought they were just making another entertaining movie.
But actress Kaling, star of TV’s The Mindy Project, told them it was much more than that.
“I’ll never forget it,” says Rivera, 43, during a recent Toronto visit with Docter for an advance press sampling ofInside Out, due June 19 in theatres.
“She started to tear up as we were pitching her, and we said, ‘Are you OK?’ And she said, ‘Just the fact that you’re making a movie that tells little girls it’s hard to grow up and it’s OK to be sad about things, it’s really profound.’
“We were like, wow! We didn’t know we were doing that, but it feels really good. It was like this receipt that it was working, that there was a deeper well there.”
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