Growing up as one of those kids who couldn’t wait for the home release of movies, specifically to just pour over the special features, there is nothing that can describe how gratifying it was to watch Paths to Pixar: The Women of Inside Out.
For the most part, we’re used to only really seeing the boy’s club side of the film industry show their passion in the behind the scenes, film commentaries, and retrospectives in features. So I’ll admit that I grew up mostly being able to relate to who I saw and that was men making the movies. Wanting to be part of that club wasn’t always easy because we didn’t exactly see more women represented as equal collaborators. If you saw a women, she was probably the star of the movie. So the dream of being any sort of creative contributor didn’t seem entirely like a reality, but making the seemingly impossible possible was motivation enough.
As the entertainment industry evolves, the push to demonstrate the importance of diverse voices is getting stronger. I was once a little girl who didn’t see herself and now I’m an adult who’s able to shine a light on the people who have been there all along or are up and coming for others to see they’re not alone.
Here are some of the best, most encouraging, and relatable things said by the Women of Pixar.
Amy Poehler (Voice of Joy): A lot of people ask kids, what do you wanna do? What do you wanna major in? What kind of classes do you wanna take? How was school? Just constant questions about who are you? Who are you? And the secret is that adults don’t know who they are.
Kim White (Director of photography): When I think of myself and my career, I always expect to arrive like one day I’m gonna know what I’m doing. What surprises me is that I always feel like I’m still striving to get better and that I never really feel like I’ve ever arrived.
Mindy Kaling (Voice of disgust):from a very young age I’ve been incredibly methodical and I would stay up at night strategizing about my life. I wasn’t like a fun kid. I was just thinking about down the line.
Samantha Wilson (Story Manager): When I was really little I wanted to be a doctor and then I even had like a doctors kit, used to set up my whole house like a hospital. Around the age of 9 or 10 I decided I wanted to be a movie director. I would still like to be a movie director one day.
Meg LeFauve (Director): One of the reasons I really emotionally connected to this film is because I was a good girl and so I really loved the idea of a movie that explored all different aspects of a girl. That she can be angry, she can be disgusted and she can be scared and she can be sad and that by doing that she was more authentic and more able to give and connect with her family.
This is just a small selection of the rich stories the women of Pixar shared about wanting to be creative, their roles in the making of the movie and their dreams. Be sure to check it out on the digital and Blu-ray release of Disney Pixar’s Inside Out which also includes Riley’s First Date a new original short with the characters of the film, the behind the scenes feature where you can see how Inside Out has evolved since it’s inception in Story of the story and so much more!
INSIDE OUT releases on Blu-ray 3D™, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and On Demand November 3