Pixar’s ‘Inside Out’ Fun Facts and Easter Eggs

Pixar Inside Out Theatrical PosterWalt Disney Studios and Pixar Animation Studios have provided us with an initial list of ‘fun facts’ and Easter Eggs to keep an eye out for when you go see heir new film, Inside Out (June 19, 2015). Check out the list of tributes to Pixar films and San Francisco friends below.

Do you ever look at someone and wonder what is going on inside their head? Disney/Pixar’s original new film Inside Out ventures inside the mind to find out.

Based in Headquarters, the control center inside 11-year-old Riley’s mind, five Emotions are hard at work, led by lighthearted optimist Joy (voice of Amy Poehler), whose mission is to make sure Riley 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


  • The background memories on shelves inside or outside of Headquarters are shots from the ‘Married Life’ scene in Up.
  • As Riley and her parents trek to San Francisco, they come across birds on a telephone wire from production designer Ralph Eggleston’s 2000 short film For the Birds.
  • The globe in the Riley’s classroom has been used in all the Toy Story films.
  • One of Riley’s classmates is wearing a camo pattern made up of Toy Story characters.
  • The background city cars of San Francisco all have bumper stickers from Cars.
  • Dad’s company, Brang, is a nonsense word intended to sound like a startup that would fit in in the San Francisco tech scene.
  • A sign on a parking meter in San Francisco reads, ‘Quarters and Dollar Coins or Barter During Burning Man.’
  • As a tribute to the Walt Disney Family Museum, the filmmakers set Riley’s hockey rink in the exact spot the museum is located in San Francisco.


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