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

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - PLAY | MOVIES -

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.

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