Before Disney•Pixar’s INSIDE OUT was even completed the idea for a short film was in the works. That made it easy to get the film’s voice talents in the studio to record additional scenes by the time “Riley’s First Date” became more than just an idea for Josh Cooley (story supervisor) and Mark Nielsen (associate producer).
Disclosure: Disney, Pixar, and Disney Junior have sponsored my travel, accommodations, most meals, and activities during this event. All opinions (and fun) in this article here are mine unless noted otherwise.
Two of the talents you’ll hear in INSIDE OUT and Riley’s First Date are Kyle MacLachlan and Kaitlyn Dias who play Riley’s Dad and Riley herself!
Kyle is an accomplished actor who’s most known for his work in Twin Peaks, The Flintstones, Desperate Housewives and so much more! This is actually his first big voice acting role though so he says it was a nice change since he could go to record his lines while still in his pajamas and uncombed hair. He was still nice enough to brush his teeth though since he was working with a mic.
Kaitlyn is probably someone you aren’t familiar with, but this bright young star has so much going for her. She will definitely be a household name as her career blossoms and grows from here. When Kaitlyn was just 11-years-old she began working on INSIDE OUT. She provided the scratch voice (temporary script reader) for Riley but very soon she was asked to stay on board be the permanent voice! For the next 5 years, she was able to stay in public school while going down to Emeryville, CA once a month for one-day voice recordings. As I’m sure you know, a child’s voice changes a lot in 5 years. Riley’s voice in the film and short is a mix of Kaitlyn’s real voice and a voice she had to change to sound like her younger self. Can you imagine having to try to imitate your own voice as you’ve grown and matured?
Riley’s First Date is a simple concept. Riley, now 12, is hanging out at home with her parents in San Francisco when potential trouble comes knocking: a boy shows up at the door. In the film, we find out if Mom and Dad’s emotions handle “Riley’s First Date” but what about in real life? We asked Kaitlyn if she had had HER first date yet! The answer was no, but she thinks her mom will be pretty calm about it. It’s her “overprotective” dad who she is mostly worried about, but she says, “hopefully it will go as well as Riley’s first date.”
We had to know… “Who’s your favorite character from the movie?” Kaitlyn instantly jumped in with pretty much the best answer ever.
“I’m gonna have to go with Anger, ’cause he has hilarious facial expressions. Plus, the fact that he explodes and you make s’mores off of him!”
A really touching moment during the interview came from the question “What do you think is the most important message for parents to take away from the film?”. I was already missing my kids at home but for some reason Kyle’s answer made me miss them more and I thought about my parenting style and that ya know, maybe I should relax a little.
Message for parents? You know, as an adult, you’re revisiting territory that you aren’t gonna be able to experience, you know, except in a movie like this. Because you don’t wanna go back into those worlds. Because they’re very painful.
And you recognize that in order for your child to grow there are painful things they’re gonna have to go through. And I think the acceptance of that and realizing that ultimately the thing that’s gonna make it easier is just to be present as a family.”
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- 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 – What is the sound of a memory forming? Sound designer Ren Klyce describes the challenges – and the unique solutions – involved in creating the aural world of Inside Out.
- 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”, “Joy’s Decline“, “Misdirection”, and “Construction”
- 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.
We couldn’t leave the interview before going “on set” inside Riley’s house for a cup of coffee!