‘Inside Out’ Director Pete Docter Explains Why They Kept Bing Bong Under Wraps

     October 28, 2015


With Inside Out coming to Blu-ray next week, I went to San Francisco last month for the home release press junket. For those who somehow missed the worldwide hit, the film takes place inside the mind of an 11-year-old girl, Riley Anderson (Kaitlyn Dias), where the personifications of her emotions run the show.  When Riley is uprooted from her home in the Midwest so her father can take a new job in San Francisco, Fear (Bill Hader), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling), and Joy (Amy Poehler) try to help her cope with the sudden change.

I got the chance to sit down with director Pete Docter, and during our conversation, we talked about the decision to keep Bing Bong (Richard Kind) a secret, why they settled on this particular group of emotions, not making villains out of emotions typically associated with negativity, the emotional makeup of Riley’s parents, and how what he learned from Monsters, Inc. and Up carried over to this movie.

Watch the full interview below. Inside Out is available on 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, and DVD on November 3rd. It’s now available on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere. Click here to buy it on Amazon.

Pete Docter

  • 0:45 – Keeping Bing Bong a secret
  • 1:53 – Why they chose Joy, Fear, Sadness, Anger, and Disgust as the main emotions.
  • 3:13 – Why they didn’t make villains out of the emotions that typically associated with negativity.
  • 4:44 – Determining the emotional makeup of Riley’s parents and their lead emotions.
  • 5:48 – What he learned in the making of Monsters, Inc. and Up that helped the making of Inside Out.



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