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Why is Riley sad?

Riley isn't sad, she's numb. This is shown by her personality islands shutting down and breaking apart. This isn't just sadness; it's an absence of any emotion at all. Her core memories are gone, and ...
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Why are two of Riley's five emotions in Inside Out male?

Director Pete Docter and Pixar founder John Lasseter explain why Riley's emotions are mixed while her parents' are not. First, the parents' emotions are due to both emotional development and story and ...
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Why did Joy give Sadness the core memories?

Early on in the movie the other emotions ostracized sadness because she only seems to get in the way and slow Riley down. They don't understand why someone would need sadness in their life. Later on ...
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Why is Riley sad?

I completely agree with Roger's answer, but I'd like to add something. He used the word "numb"; I'd like to add one more word, "apathetic", that is, she feels nothing. Not sadness: nothing. She doesn'...
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Reference to ruined pizza in 'Inside Out'

Anger is most likely referring to the toppings on a "Hawaiian Pizza"... This refers only to the toppings on the pizza, not to any specific type of crust. If you ask just about any pizza shop for "...
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What is the story behind the "come fly with me gatinha" memory?

This memory was referencing an earlier joke, where Riley's mother was angry at her husband when he failed to pay attention to Riley's problems: Mother's emotions: He's making that stupid face again....
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Why did Joy give Sadness the core memories?

I agree with onewho: Joy realised that Sadness is a vital part of emotional balance of any grown up. In addition: While we want children to live an all-happy life, we require adults to be able to ...
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Are these dream posters from Inside Out parodies of real 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 ...
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Why are the emotions colored in the way they are?

From a variety of sources you can find the inspirations that the creators had for all of the emotions. Here are quotes from director Pete Docter and producer Jonas Rivera, in a Q&A with the ...
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Why does Joy glow?

Each person in Inside Out has a dominant emotion. Her father's was anger and her mother's was sadness. Riley's dominant emotion was Joy. I think it was an aesthetic choice to reflect that Joy is ...
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Inside Out: what is "non-objective fragmentation"?

What it means is that things in the physical world are objectively real, like the Empire State Building. The stage before the building is non objective fragmentation as in it's the pieces of the ...
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Why change translation text into a picture for international versions?

Pixar expended tremendous effort to localize Inside Out for particular audiences, going so far as to re-animate whole scenes. For instance, in the American version, Riley hates broccoli, but in the ...
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Why was Bing Bong collecting memories?

It is never explained in the movie. However, his appearance and his actions seem to me like they were intended by the movie's creators to make him seem like a villain: Let’s go back to Bing Bong’s ...
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Why did Riley's hockey team hail her after she missed the shot and lost the game?

Well, Joy realizing that a sad memory of an ice hockey game turning into a happy one because her parents and friends consoled her. The aim is to flesh out the fact that sadness is to induce empathy ...
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Why is Joy intact while Bing Bong fades away?

This is mostly speculation since there really isn't any way to find evidence to back this up. Bing Bong is an imaginary friend and a memory of Riley's past. Memories fade with time and eventually ...
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What did collapsing islands signify in "Inside Out"?

Those Islands were Personality Islands, which represent parts of her personality:- Family Island - represents her love for family. Goofball Island - represents Riley's childhood goofiness. ...
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Reference to ruined pizza in 'Inside Out'

As @Catija has explained the Hawaiian part, the San Fransisco part is simply in reference to the events of the movie. The Pizza shop near the new house ONLY serves Broccoli Pizza. Riley is ...
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Why are two of Riley's five emotions in Inside Out male?

The reasons of comedy and drama, as described by Word of God in cde's answer, are clearly the most important. Diverse cast of Riley's emotions makes the movie more interesting. I would like to add ...
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Why did Riley's hockey team hail her after she missed the shot and lost the game?

I received this scene as kids hailing not her fail per se but the fact that she is not ideal. Joy controlling Riley's emotions and view on memories was creating traits of narcissism. I make only ...
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Why is Joy intact while Bing Bong fades away?

Because Joy isn't a memory, she is an emotion. The memory dump is used to dispose of old, unused memories that are no longer required, and we learn in Inside Out that Bing Bong has been all but ...
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Emotion Leaders/Managers in Inside Out?

As noted in that other question: First, the parents' emotions are due to both emotional development and story and acting flow: I [Director Docter] remember, we talked to John and he said, ‘Well, I ...
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Does Reilly have any autonomy or do Joy, Sadness, etc. control everything?

Does Riley have any Autonomy? Why wouldn't she? She isn't being controlled by a third party, she's being controlled by her emotions. She's a child - children are usually just following their feelings....
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Why did Riley's hockey team hail her after she missed the shot and lost the game?

It could be that Riley took it the hardest out of all the teammates. She has compulsory need to not let people down because at the time, joy was her greatest strength. When her teammates saw that she ...
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Are these dream posters from Inside Out parodies of real films?

For the last one, also, the title is probably a parody of that scene from The Lego Movie.
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Inside Out: what is "non-objective fragmentation"?

I read that abstract thought develops in children around the age of 10 which is the age the girl is in the film. Bing bong, her imaginary friend has never been through abstract thought before as it ...
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Inside Out: what is "non-objective fragmentation"?

Non objective fragmentation speaks to the aesthetics of the characters, they are being fragmented and their bodies are no longer objectively represented. Deconstruction comes from Derrida -- you could ...
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Why are two of Riley's five emotions in Inside Out male?

As the film makers seem to suggest, I think the choice of diverse ages and sexes for each character inside Riley's mind as opposed to the more uniform characters of the parents was made mainly for ...
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