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November 7, 2015

Compare bonus features, including new 'Riley's First Date?' short, on versions of 'Inside Out'

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Like many, many other moviegoers, I thoroughly enjoyed the animated Disney-Pixar movie “Inside Out” when it was in theaters less than six months ago. My family and I looked forward to this week’s DVD release, not only so we could purchase a copy of the movie to watch at home but also because we were eager to see the bonus features.

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As usual, some of the bonus features were a surprise, but perhaps the most anticipated extra footage was that of the two Pixar shorts: “Lava” and the all-new “Riley’s First Date?” “Lava” is a charming seven-minute love story about a lonely volcano. It was released in front of “Inside Out” in June, and critics have been divided on whether it lived up to vaunted Pixar standards. Some argue that the story-telling is weak, while others defend it, saying the format is just a different type of story-telling.

“Riley’s First Date?” is a brand-new short film, allowing fans to step back into the minds and emotions of 12-year-old Riley and her parents. It wasn’t attached to a movie in theaters; however, some lucky attendees at D23, the ultimate Disney convention held in August in Anaheim, Calif., were treated to a sneak preview of the short. As the title indicates, pre-teen Riley is considering her first date and that sets off all sorts of emotions for everyone who cares about her. The new short is hilarious and rings true for those of us who are parents and those of us who can remember those heady feelings of discovering the opposite sex.

“Lava” is included with all the versions of “Inside Out”: DVD, Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D and digital. “Riley’s First Date?”, however, is only available with the Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D and digital copies.

Other bonus features, as described in the press release, include:

** Story of the Story: Director Pete Docter talks about the evolution of Inside Out, from the ideas and memories that inspired the story through the hurdles, explorations and experiences that helped shape it into the film it is today.

** Paths to Pixar: The Women of Inside Out - Inside Out filmmakers, from voice actors to animators to production crew, talk about their paths, their goals, the challenges they've faced and the lessons they've learned along the way.

** Mixed Emotions: Inside Out's filmmakers talk about how they decided which emotions to focus on in the story and how they went about creating each one's distinct personality and visual identity.

** Mapping the Mind: Inside Out's artists take you through the years-long process of designing and creating a world everyone knows, but no one has ever seen - the human mind.

** Our Dads, the Filmmakers: Elie Docter (daughter of director, Pete Docter) and Grace Giacchino (daughter of composer, Michael Giacchino) bring you behind the scenes for an inside look at the making of the film.

** Into the Unknown: The Sound of Inside Out: Elie Docter (daughter of director, Pete Docter) and Grace Giacchino (daughter of composer, Michael Giacchino) bring you behind the scenes for an inside look at the making of the film.

** The Misunderstood Art of Animation Film Editing: Learn more about the crucial role of an animation film editor, who helps take the story from its earliest, most exploratory versions, to the final, polished film you see onscreen.

** Deleted Scenes:
-- Riley Grows Up - In this scene from a version of the film where the primary relationship was between Joy and Fear (then named Freddie), the emotions begin to notice a change in Riley.
-- Joy's Decline - Joy's struggles to make sense of the limitations on Riley's behavior that seem to be springing up at every turn.
-- Misdirection - Joy and Freddie encounter a group of Riley's "retired" imaginary friends, including an early version of Big Bong.
-- Construction - Joy is guided through Riley's mind by a radical non-conformist, Bing Bong, outraged by the demolition of older areas like Imagination Park.

** Commentary: Commentary includes participation from directors Pete Docter and Ronnie del Carmen, and producer Jonas Rivera.

** Mind Candy - A montage of toolkit and interstitials produced for Inside Out.

** Inside Out Trailers - A collection of domestic and international trailers made for Inside Out.

Of these bonus features, all (except the deleted scenes, which are a Disney Movies Anywhere exclusive) are available on the Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D and digital versions of “Inside Out.” The DVD-only version contains just the commentary and “Lave” short as it bonus features.

Which bonus features do you like best? Tell us in the comments!



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June 6, 2015

'Insider Access to Disney-Pixar’s ‘Inside Out’' coming to theaters nationwide June 16

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Disney-Pixar fans, especially those who cannot wait to see the new animated film “Inside Out” when it opens on June 19, can attend an early screening that also takes viewers behind the scenes in Pixar Animation Studios and offers a slew of other visual and take-home goodies.

Fathom Events, the company that may be best known for producing concert movies, is presenting “Insider Access to Disney-Pixar’s ‘Inside Out’ “ on June 16 at 600 theaters throughout the United States. The one-night event begins at 6 p.m. CT and 7 p.m. ET/MT/PT/AK/HI and will include 15 minutes of exclusive behind-the-scenes footage from Pixar Animation Studios, the new “LAVA” short and a screening of the full-length feature “Inside Out” in 2D. In addition, there will be a question-and-answer session with director Pete Docter, producer Jonas Rivera and the voice of Joy, Amy Poehler, via satellite from their Australian tour, which will be live in ET /CT zones and tape-delayed everywhere else. Audience members can tweet their questions ahead of time using #InsideOutAllAccess.

Event attendees also will receive a limited edition “Inside Out” commemorative poster and lanyard that includes a special code for access to digital extras on DisneyMovieRewards.com. (Membership to Disney Movie Rewards is free and is required to access the bonus content.)

“Insider Access to Disney-Pixar’s ‘Inside Out’ “ is being shown in Central Florida at AMC Altamonte Mall, AMC Dine-in Theatres Downtown Disney, AMC Universal Cineplex 20, Cineplex Artegon Marketplace, Regal Pointe Orlando, Regal Waterford Lakes and Regal Winter Park Village. Admission prices are set by individual theaters, and the majority of Orlando-area locations are charging $25 general admission for all ages. However, the two theme-park theaters -- AMC Dine-in Theatres Downtown Disney and AMC Universal Cineplex 20 – have tickets that are $22 for adults, $20 for seniors and $18 for children ages 2 to 12. Tickets for “Insider Access to Disney-Pixar’s ‘Inside Out’ ” are now available at FathomEvents.com and at participating theater box offices.

This special event is expected to last two hours and 30 minutes.

The movie's official description states, "Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it's no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions - Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley's mind, where they help advise her through her everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to her new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley's main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school."

Critics who have attended early screenings of “Inside Out” have praised Pixar’s latest effort. You can see some of their comments in my previous blog.



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May 28, 2015

Critics praise Disney-Pixar's animated movie 'Inside Out' before its June 19 launch

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Try not to get too emotional about this, but how can you not anticipate the next Disney-Pixar film, "Inside Out"? It"s a Pixar product, after all, and we"ve come to expect artistic distinction when that name is attached to computer-animated movies. This studio is the creative spirit behind the "Toy Story," "Cars" and "Finding Nemo" franchises.

"Inside Out" was screened in a non-competitive setting at the Cannes Film Festival, and critics already have begun praising the film, which is due out in theaters on June 19.

The movie's official description states, "Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it's no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions - Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley's mind, where they help advise her through her everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to her new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley's main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school."

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Variety.com praised "Inside Out" for its staying power. "In terms of its ambitious underlying concept, however, "Inside Out" blows the others away, going beyond the screen to become something audiences will carry around for the rest of their days - not as tie-in merchandise or spinoff theme parks (although there will inevitably be plenty of both), but as an elegant and iconic visual metaphor for understanding their own emotions, and empathizing with others," wrote Peter Debruge, Variety's chief international film critic.

He goes on to explain, "While the initial idea was directly suggested by Disney's 1943 "Reason and Emotion" short a wartime one-reeler that characterized the eponymous disciplines forever dueling for control " the Pixar team has rethought the model, giving it the most intuitive and indelible form, with the result that viewers can't help but imagine a similar dynamic operating in their own heads."

The Associated Press recounts a conversation when directors Pete Docter and Ronaldo Del Carmen introduced "Inside Out" at a screening last month at CinemaCon.

Docter told the audience that the story was inspired by watching his own daughter grow up. She actually voiced young Ellie in the 2009 Pixar film "Up," and Docter called his daughter "very spirited and spunky," much like the film character. But then she turned 11, and her outlook and attitude changed, he said.

"In 'Inside Out,' amid the confusion of adolescence and the stress of the move, Joy and Sadness get sucked out of the control center, leaving only Anger, Fear and Disgust to run the ship," according to the AP. "As Joy and Sadness struggle to find a way back to headquarters, Riley's life, personality and childhood innocence melts down as the remaining emotions try to do their best to emulate Joy."

"This leads to sassy tones where there weren't meant to be, mood swings, and irrationality -- moments that parents of pre-teens, and former pre-teens, know all too well," the news service points out.

After all, none of us want to believe our little darlings have turned into monsters. It's far more palatable to blame adolescent changes on struggling emotions.

Beginning May 30 - that's Saturday - Walt Disney World guests can view a special preview of "Inside Out" at the Imagination Pavilion theater at Epcot. The short sneak peek repeats every 15 to 20 minutes and is included in regular admission.



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