During Inside Out, Joy, Sadness and Bing Bong visit Dream Productions. There are several posters on the walls for "movies" that are broadcast into Riley's dreams.

I found a list of them here which I've put together:

Inside Out posters

They are:

  • I'm Falling For A Very Long Time Into A Pit
  • I Can Fly!
  • Something's Chasing Me!
  • I Woke Up And Was A Princess
  • Riley Andersen Can Breath [sic] Underwater
  • Where Are My Pants?!

I instantly recognised the first one as a parody of the Vertigo film poster, however I cannot place the rest. I've done some research and several places (e.g. Pixar Wikia) mention they are parodies but give only Vertigo as an example:

Many of the posters are direct parodies of real life film posters. The poster for "I'm Falling for a Very Long Time Into a Pit" is very similar to the poster for Alfred Hitchcock's 1958 thriller, Vertigo.

Are the other posters references to specific films?


As mentioned in the question, the top left poster appears to be a parody of Vertigo. As for the others, here are my best guesses, based on the image shape and style, and the text which appear to be both common nightmare or dream themes, and oblique references to the movies they parody, plus suggestions from the comments:

  1. Top Left: Vertigo
  2. Top Middle: Peter Pan
  3. Top Right: Psycho (suggested by DisgruntledGoat in the comments).
  4. Bottom Left: Disney's Sleeping beauty
  5. Bottom Middle: Finding Nemo / Finding Dory
  6. Bottom Right: Dude, where's my car (Suggested by Paulie_D in the comments)
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    Can you provide some actual visual cues to substantiate your guesses a little more? Are there specific posters you can reference here or is this just based on the fact that Peter Pan can fly too (what version of Peter Pan do you even mean)? If you think the references are less based around the specific posters and more generally about existing movies, you might want to point that out, too. Please tell us why you think this is a reasonable answer, since as it stands it reads more more like idle speculation.
    – Napoleon Wilson
    Feb 28 '17 at 0:00
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    Most of the posters you link to don't really present much of a similarity. And the story connections seem rather superficial.
    – Napoleon Wilson
    Feb 28 '17 at 2:42

For the last one, also, the title is probably a parody of that scene from The Lego Movie.

  • Can you provide a screenshot or clip showing exactly what you’re referring to? Oct 20 '20 at 11:59

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