How a Pixar animator learned to think like an 11-year-old girl

How a Pixar animator learned to think like an 11-year-old girl

Pete Docter, the legendary director behind Up and Monsters Inc., has a new animation which is about to hit the big screen.

Inside Out is set inside the mind of an 11-year-old girl whose emotions — joy, sadness, anger, fear and disgust — compete to control her.

Getting inside the head of a pre-teen is no easy task, but then Docter relishes unusual challenges.

“I think the secret source to animation, like anything, is truth,” says Docter. “So even though we are taking people to these far out places and showing them characters that you’d never believe are alive — cars, bugs, monsters — we are seeing something of ourselves on screen.

“It’s an opportunity to bring people to somewhere everyone has thought about, but no one’s seen before with their eyes, and that’s the world inside your head.”

The Disney/Pixar film, which will be released on June 17, has already been given rave reviews by Cannes film festival critics.

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