The Art of Inside Out
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The Art of Inside Out

From an adventurous balloon ride above the clouds to a monster-filled metropolis, Academy Award®-winning director Pete Docter (Monsters, Inc., Up) has taken audiences to unique and imaginative places. In Disney•Pixar’s original movie Inside Out, he will take us to the most extraordinary location of all—inside the mind.

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, Fear, Anger, Disgust, and Sadness. The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a 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.

In this groundbreaking and illuminating film, Pixar Animation Studios examines the extraordinary depths of the mind and the powers of emotion and imagination. The Art of Inside Out provides an exclusive look into the artistic exploration that went into the making of this vibrant film. Featuring concept art—including sketches, collages, colour scripts, and much more—and opening with a foreword by actress Amy Poehler and introduction by the film’s writer and director Pete Docter, this is the ultimate behind-the-scenes experience of the making of this landmark film.

Copyright © 2015 by Disney Enterprises, Inc./Pixar

About the Author(s)
Amy Poehler and Pete Docter

Amy Poehler is an actress, producer, director, and author. She currently stars on the Emmy-nominated Parks and Recreation, and appeared for seven seasons on Saturday Night Live.

Pete Docter is vice president of creative at Pixar Animation Studios and the writer and director of Disney•Pixar’s Inside Out. He directed the Academy Award®–winning feature films Monsters, Inc. and Up, and also worked as an animator, screenwriter, and voice actor. He lives in Piedmont, California.


"This [book] works as a beautiful, light-hearted concept art book all on its own." ImageFX

The book is unashamedly text light with only a brief introduction to set the scene, but in typical Disney fashion the traditional and digital character designs, locations and storyboards are of an extremely high quality. While this might feel a little rushed compared to previous titles in Chronicles Art of series, it remains well worth a look for animation fans and those looking to learn from the masters. Wings Art and Design Blog

Some of these doodles are worth a thousand words. TOTAL FILM magazine

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