Who is your favorite character from Inside Out? I bet 8 of 10 of you say either Sadness or Bing Bong. I know I personally have a hard time choosing between those two. I mean Sadness made us all understand ourselves a little better and Bing Bong. Well, he brings a tear to your eye in his final scene. Yes, of course I have my stuffed Bing Bong and a Sadness who turns blue so I *may* be a little biased, but the both slayed their roles. Which was why I was super excited to interview them for the upcoming Blu-Ray/DVD/DIGITAL release of Inside Out. Check out some of the interview below:
Q : Were you surprised at the popularity of your characters?
Phyllis: The popularity of it? I’ve seen it a couple of times. I don’t really know how popular it is to be honest.
Richard: How popular your character is? All right, I’ll tell you. It’s popular.
Phyllis: I saw it in St. Louis. One or two people came up to me in St. Louis. I mean I’m just kinda in a little vacuum. I don’t really know how it is. I’m glad that people are enjoying it. Every time I make somebody cry I go yes. [LAUGHTER] Cry, yes!
Richard: Oh, that’s funny. First of all, 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 depressive. It’s simply sad. I think that that’s an amazing thing that they and you did.
Phyllis: And I, in turn, loved your character. You have so much. The heart of that character is just everywhere.
Richard: Well, to be honest, I agree with you. I loved Bing Bong. I really did. A very funny thing that I’ll tell you, we would’ve gotten to it a little later anyway is about a month or two before the film was released, Ronnie and Pete pulled me over. They said we’re going to release the movie, but you’re not gonna be a part of any of the ad campaigns. Do not think you’re gonna be in on the marketing. I go it is fine! It’s fine. I don’t care. I love working for these people. To be in this masterpiece, what a gift! I go down in history. This is magnificent. I said that’s fine. Then they said that they’re going to Cannes with the five emotions. Pete pulled me over and said you know that you’re not going to Cannes. And I said it’s fine. I’m going down in history. It’s great. I didn’t mean a word of that. I was very upset that I wasn’t going to Cannes. It’s Cannes Film Festival and it’s on their dime. Then when the movie came out, and I hadn’t been in marketing. And all of a sudden there was an explosion of, oh, we didn’t know that this guy was in the movie. Look, look how much this guy is touching us. The heart, once again Pixar proves its brilliance. They thought ahead, and they were absolutely right. Nevertheless I’d like them to send me to France right now. [LAUGHTER]
As you can tell both Phyllis and Richard are very humble and that comes through in the movie. There is no pretense. They are who they are and whether Richard was joking or not he truly will go down in history. PIXAR history, Disney history, film history, and most important in both our hearts and kids hearts all over the world. Remember Inside Out hits stores: November 3rd.