Included in the BONUS features of Inside Out– NOW OUT ON DVD/BLURAY– is the new animated short; Riley’s First Date? .We gave you a little insight a few days ago in our interview with Kyle MacLachlan and Kaitlyn Dias post but today I am sharing “7 things I LOVE and learned about Riley’s First Date!” At the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, 25 #InsideOutBloggers met with Mark Nielsen and Josh Cooley from Inside Out to discuss the new short!
Mark Nielsen (Associate Producer) has been with Pixar since 1996 and has worked on some amazing projects such as A Bug’s Life, Toy Story 2, Cars, Cars 2, and Monsters Inc. Josh Cooley (Story Supervisor) is newer to the scene, having come to Pixar fresh from school in 2003. He has in his career worked on The Incredibles, Ratatouille, Cars, and Up; What a great beginning! Both Nielsen and Cooley are fathers………..fathers to girls. It was from this that Riley’s First Date? idea came alive.
During conversations at work about their families, someone reminded Josh of what he had to look forward to——
Our Editor who has daughters that are in college or actually out of college said, “Oh you have nothing to worry about until she brings home the first boy.” And I……just the thought of that!
I was like, “I never even thought of that ever being a possibility.” And I mean it was coming eventually, but um that’s kinda’ where the seeds of this idea came from.
It’s just my head going like, “Oh my God.”
I get it…completely. The idea of this ⇓ at my doorstep….scares me to death!
In Riley’s First Date? a boy shows up at the front doorstep, and we suddenly get an inside look into what everyone is thinking at that moment. I was intrigued! Haven’t we all wanted to know what the other was really thinking in awkward moments! Here are a 7 things I LOVE and learned about the new short!
1 ) The Music
In the short,
the boy Jordan and Dad (Kyle MacLachlan) are able to connect over something. Music~ and none other than AC/DC ! Nielsen and Cooley said AC/DC was a perfect choice as it was iconic~ something Jordan would be into and Dad would as well. While neither Mark or Josh play an instrument, this scene came from a personal experience from Josh……..“So actually this kinda’ came out of when I met my father-in-law for the first time. I had this kind of awkward like you know, “Hi I like– I love your daughter” kind of a thing. And the thing we connected on was music. And so that was like to my own experience and so it’s in the film.”
2) Inside a 12 year old boys head
As a mother, this FREAKS me out! I found that this short made me want to laugh, cry, and have a complete panic attack all at the same time. I know we all think that boys have nothing but bad intentions going on, so to go into Jordan’s mind and see that really all he thinks about is skateboarding and music….made me smile. I imagine Jordan’s brain looks much like that of my own son’s.
Interesting fact: One of the emotions in Jordan’s head is Flea from red Hot Chili peppers.
3) Man up button
Inside Dad’s brain……where Anger is at the controls most of the time. With the simple push of the man up button, Dad puffs his chest out and raises his voice! I died laughing! *My favorite part*
4) Scratch Voices
Josh Cooley did the scratch voice for Sadness inside Dad’s head. He yells “Go back to jail!” Poor Jordan. Josh also does the voice of Jangles the Clown…you know the one in your nightmares.
5) Mom and Dad
I LOVE the final scene where Mom and Dad are together without Riley. It’s hilarious to listen to the emotions as Mom and Dad “flirt”. While I know my 10 year old is going to yell out “GROSS”………inside Dad’s head the fireworks are going off! Too cute!
6) Funny Shorts are the best
“When you have 4 minutes to tell a short story , yeah I think you just wanted people to come out laughing, especially with a short.” – Josh Cooley.
Inside Out has many very funny moments, and of course other very sad moments~ I think going with a 100% funny short that is filled the max with humor was definitely the right way to go! They said they figured after crying for the last 20 minutes, they needed something happy. Exactly.
7) The moment you realize you aren’t cool anymore.
This short is jam packed with moments that make you die laughing…..like Mom saying “Peace out my homies” and “Fuh-shee-zee”. You could feel the awkwardness oozing out of my mom as she tries to find a way to talk to her daughter about dating. The emotions in Riley’s head of course are being led by disgust.
As a parent, you can completely relate to this (Been there done that!). We feel the need to fit in with our preteens in hopes to open up conversation, but perhaps it’s better we stay age appropriate.
If you have been sick with the flu or something else sooo horrid that it has kept you from running to the store yesterday to buy Inside Out, and you haven’t seen Riley’s First Date? which is included in the bonus material…..then here is a trailer for the short.
It was such a joy sitting with these guys listening to them talk so fondly of both the Inside Out movie they worked on for 4 years, and the short that took a mere 10 months. Inside Out has really helped our family sooo much, with discussing emotions and talking about how we can process those feelings. It has allowed our daughter to have better days, where we communicate effectively to one another. Apparently, I was not the only one thinking this was the legacy of Inside Out.
Q : Do you think that’s going be a legacy of the film? That it’s kind of helped kids deal, talk about emotions and did you expect that?
Josh : I didn’t expect that, but I’ve actually heard that from, from health professionals that have come up to me after the movie was out and was like, “You have no idea how much, how much you’ve made it so much easier for kids to talk about how they’re feeling about things.” Which I was like blown away. So I think that’s a great legacy to have for this film.
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