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I know I am not alone in this………….I ♥♥♥LOVE♥♥♥ Sadness and Bing Bong from Inside Out! Their characters are sooo dynamic and add all the greatness to this film! It doesn’t surprise me that both characters are played by equally fabulous “real” people~ that I had a chance to meet and interview so I could share it with you! On my recent trip to San Francisco, this lucky duck sat down with Richard Kind (voice of Bing Bong) and Phyllis Smith (voice of Sadness) and talked about their roles, their families, and their faith. Since they compliment each other soooo much and clearly are the funniest people around…..the interview was a blast!
During my interview with Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera ( check out my interview post!), Bing Bong was mentioned to embody the spirit of the film with his representation of growing up and childhood joy. Played by Richard Kind, Pete Docter says this:
For one, he’s just fun to write for because you never know what he’s going to do. He’s kind of off-the-wall. And of course Richard plays that so brilliantly. But to come I think he really embodies this sort of spirit of the film.
Per Jonas ” perfect cast” was achieved with Richard Kind. Yeah, Mr.Kind is pretty perfect. Richard Kind is known for his role in Spin City, Made about You, and Argo. He was a voice actor in Cars and A Bug’s Life, but surely his favorite role is that of Bing Bong!
FUN FACT: Bing Bong is made up of cotton candy~ and is part elephant, part clown, part dolphin, and part cat!
Who wouldn’t want to be cotton candy~ it’s soooo fluffy! Bing Bong is such a fun character that truly shows his heart all throughout the movie ~ much like Richard! One panelists asked “What part of yourself went into the character?”…..and his answer was oh so perfect.
Q : What part of yourself went into your character?
Richard : Certainly my energy, because I can– I can be loud. I think I’m more animated off stage than I am on. Uh, but there was a lot. I happen to think that I’m a nice man. And, I live my life with morality and ethics. And so I’m–I think I’m more positive than I am negative. And I think that this guy is free of negativity. I think that there’s purity to this guy.
Family man, Richard Kind told us a story about what happened when he took his family to Pixar for an early viewing of Inside Out. He said he knew that the movie would resonate well when his daughter Skye started sobbing in the canyon scene. The question we both asked “And I did ask what we all asked, was she crying because her dad passed away? Or did Bing Bong pass away?” To me that answer is easy….both; as Bing Bong and Richard Kind are truly one and the same.
Kind’s heart really shined through as he talked about his fellow team mate Phyllis’s character~ Sadness and her popularity.
I am not at all surprised at how popular, Phyllis’s character is. It’s a perfect voice performance and a perfectly written part by these guys because it’s such a touchy character because no one wants to be sad and yet we identify with you. So I am so taken by your performance because although it’s down in the dumps it’s not– it’s not depressive. It’s simply sad. And I think that that’s an amazing thing that– that they and you did.
Phyllis Smith (voice of Sadness) is most known for her role on The Office, and stated that Inside Out was her first voice role . For a first timer~ she really NAILED IT…..Richard Kind thought so too; referring to Phyllis as Amadeus being born with natural talent!
Sadness is sad obviously, but she wasn’t meant to be a pile of tears. Phyllis said she didn’t need to sit in her car and think of horrible things, she just played in that moment and thanks her insecurities for being able to play the role appropriately.
What I absolutely loved about talking with Phyllis Smith is her contagious smile. Seriously this woman smiled for an hour straight! She was inspiring to listen to and makes her character that much more loveable!
God knew the inner desires of my heart and allowed me to have a new career in my older age. – Phyllis Smith
And we are soooooo thankful that he did!
I can’t wait to bring Inside Out home on November 3rd and see more of Bing Bong and Sadness!