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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 Anger, Disgust, and Fear stop trying to control Riley's emotions after their disastrous stint at trying to react the way Joy would. Everything that makes Riley ...


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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 acting flow: I [Docter] remember, we talked to John and he said, ‘Well, I thought you did it because, as adults, we become more kind of set in our ways. As a ...


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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 in the movie, while Joy and Sadness are working their way through Riley's mind, trying to get back to the control center, Joy is witness to Sadness's importance....


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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't care about anything anymore. Showing the difference between having no feelings and being sad isn't simple, but the movie found a way: at a certain point, when ...


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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 "Hawaiian", you'll get a pizza with Canadian bacon (or ham) and pineapple on it. The name is likely from the inclusion of the pineapple, though the Wikipedia ...


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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 handle (instead of ignore) whatever sadness they have to bear. But probably the most important part is not the addition of the all-sad memories, but of those ...


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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. I could strangle him right now. Signal him again. Father: So, Riley, how was school? Mother's emotions: You got to be kidding me! Seriously? For this we ...


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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 National Board of Review How did you develop the visual language of this film? Docter: It was really challenging. There were things that we felt were important early ...


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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: Top Left: Vertigo Top Middle: Peter ...


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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 Japanese version, she hates green peppers. According to director Pete Docter, "28 graphics across 45 different individual shots...were localised." Clearly, ...


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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 Riley's most important emotion. Have you ever seen someone's face when they get really, really happy? Some people liken extreme happiness to glowing. I think ...


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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 building as it's being put together, the glass, the steel, the concrete. Each piece is a fragment. The stage before this is deconstruction. The pieces aren't even at ...


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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 evaporate in the memory dump. Joy on the other hand is an emotion, it would stand to reason that emotions don't follow the same rules as memories, and don't fade ...


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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 introduction: he’s first spotted by Joy (Amy Poehler) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith) in long-term memory. This is the area of Riley’s mind that is supposed to ...


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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 in others, prompting them to reach out to Riley when she is emotionally overwhelmed and needs help. As for her teammates cheering her and hailing her, I think ...


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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. Friendship Island - represents Riley's sense of friendship, especially with her best friend from Minnesota, Meg. Hockey Island - represents her love for hockey. ...


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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 understandably enraged/disgusted/scared/saddened by that. Hence Anger's widely stereotyping hyperbole. We also learn later on that Broccoli is literally seen as one of ...


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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 three complementary points no one else mentioned: 1. Sexism Once we assume that all emotions in one's head must have gender and it must be similar to person's ...


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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 good things, I never fail, bad things that happen to me are always someone else fault and so on. So the kids reaction was, from movie making point of view, a ...


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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 forgetten by Riley anyway, thanks to the fact that she is growing up. As such, he begins to fade away in the memory dump as Riley is forgetting him, but Joy cannot ...


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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 thought you did it because, as adults, we become more kind of set in our ways. As a kid, you can... anywhere is possible.’ Notice that all of the emotions for ...


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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. Can she decide how she wants to feel, regardless of which emotion is in control? I'd have to say yes. As an example, as Joy and Sadness are wandering ...


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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 was so upset about it, naturally the team came together to make her feel better. Just like how people console people who are down with jokes and compliments, ...


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


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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 was not active. So before his shortcut was 'safe'. I see it as the abstract thought is then made into objective reality using the pieces (fragments) to make up ...


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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 easily take an entire university course on this concept alone. The two-dimensional phase in my mind is a nod to the modernist tendency to draw attention to the ...


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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 dramatic and comedic purposes with the possible acception of Joy. The film plays a little fast and loose with various psychological theories and is a mash up of ...


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