INSIDE MIND OF A CHILD
Disney Pixar’s latest animated movie stars the conflicting emotions of an 11-year-old as they battle each other for her attention
American comedians Amy Poehler and Bill Hader have revealed what they were like as children at the premiere of their new animated movie, which is set inside the mind of an 11-yearold.
Disney Pixar’s Inside Out takes place inside the head of Riley, with her five core emotions of Joy, Fear, Sadness, Anger and Disgust taking on the lead roles in the film.
Lighthearted optimist Joy (voice of Amy Poehler) is on a mission is to make sure the young girl stays happy.
Fear (voice of Bill Hader) heads up safety, Anger (voice of Lewis Black) ensures all is fair and Disgust (voice of Mindy Kaling) prevents Riley from getting poisoned – both physically and socially.
Sadness (voice of Phyllis Smith) isn’t exactly sure what her role is, and frankly neither is anyone else.
When Riley’s family relocates to a scary new city, the Emotions are on the job, eager to help guide her through the difficult transition.
But when Joy and Sadness are inadvertently swept into the far reaches of Riley’s mind – taking some of her core memories with them – Fear, Anger and Disgust are left reluctantly in charge.
Joy and Sadness must venture through unfamiliar places – Long Term Memory, Imagination Land, Abstract Thought and Dream Productions – in a desperate effort to get back to Headquarters, and Riley.
Speaking on the purple carpet at the Los Angeles premiere at the El Capitan Theatre, Saturday Night Live alumni Hader and Poehler shared tales of their own neuroses at that age.
“I think I was like her, very open but still quite young and not quite ready to leave childhood behind,” says Poehler of her character Joy.
However for Hader, who lends his voice to Fear, it was a time of anxiety.
“I went between being incredibly shy and then being kind of extroverted and excitable,” he says.
The Superbad actor has voiced numerous animated characters in projects ranging from South Park to Monsters
University, but says he finds the process exhausting.
“It lays you out, it makes you so tired by the end of it. I would make sure I had nothing to do afterwards because I would just be asleep.”
However, he adds that the work earns him kudos with his three daughters.
“I have young kids so I do get brownie points,” he says.
Poehler is in the country for the Aussie premiere of Inside
Out this week.
Inside Out opens today
Amy Poehler at the Los Angeles premiere of Disney-Pixar's Inside Out.