The Art of In­side Out

Pixar’s latest delves into a young girl’s psy­che – find out how emo­tions were given a unique vis­ual iden­tity

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Au­thors Amy Poehler and Pete Doc­ter ifty-three years on from the de­but of The Num­skulls in Bri­tish comic The Beezer, Pixar is now por­tray­ing the an­tics of their transat­lantic equiv­a­lents: Joy, Sad­ness, Fear, Anger and Dis­gust, a bunch of mis­fit per­son­i­fied emo­tions who steer the life of Ri­ley, an 11-year-old girl.

All five kooky char­ac­ters have their own highly mar­ketable unique colour and de­sign, while Ri­ley’s hum­drum ex­is­tence ‘out­side’ very tightly ad­heres to the Pixar tem­plate. What’s strange

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Web www.abram­sand­chron­i­ – and won­der­ful – is that this of­fi­cial tie-in book en­tirely favours the ex­tremely raw, or­ganic art­work that di­rec­tor Pete Doc­ter’s team played around with, be­fore a sin­gle digit of pro­gram­ming had been at­tempted. Laid out with a con­scious em­pha­sis on rough-edged hand­i­work, the styles and ex­per­i­ments pinned to ev­ery page are cer­tainly worth shar­ing, as the char­ac­ters grow and be­gin to as­sert their per­son­al­i­ties.

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It all adds up to a re­mark­able, warm and word­less (be­sides be­guil­ing in­tros from Doc­ter, and Amy Poehler on play­ing Joy) col­lec­tion of rough, evoca­tive de­signs for a Pixar movie that has all the charm that these hum­ble blue­prints prom­ise. And with each tal­ented artist well cred­ited, this works as a beau­ti­ful, light-hearted con­cept art book all on its own.

Ralph Eg­gle­ston’s early takes on Joy, one of Ri­ley five key emo­tions.

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