As most of you know I attended a special Disney. Pixar & Disney Junior event from September 29-October 2 in San Francisco to take part in a fun few days of exploring the movies, Inside Out, The Good Dinosaur and Miles From Tomorrowland. It was an amazing few days and it is my pleasure to share some of my experiences with you!
On the first day there we spent all day meeting cast as well as the Directors of the movie Inside Out. As a HUGE fan of the movie, I was really excited to have the opportunity to talk to these wonderful people and let them tell their side of the story and share with me what the movie meant to them.
Today I am sharing with you some of my thoughts on the short from the Movie Inside Out, Riley’s First Date and on the interview with Kyle MacLachlan and Kaitlyn Dias.
Riley’s First Date is the story of just that, Riley having her first date and the internal and external reactions from mom, dad, Riley, and her date Jordan. The short was a ton of fun and one of the things that was very cool form the very beginning was that the same voices were used throughout the actual movie and the short. There were some new voices inside of Jordan’s head including Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers!
The short was special for me as I could easily put myself in the shoes of the dad, Kyle MacLachlan’s character as he has to deal with his own feelings of letting go. There was comedy as well as touching moments. I have to say that I can only hope to be that cool when my daughters have their first dates (when they are 25 or so).
The short is one that I know people will love, and just wait until you see the inside of the boyfriend, Jordan’s head – it is amazing and the voices were epic!
In regards to the interview with Kyle MacLachlan and Kaitlin Dias, I was very excited to meet both of these actors. While I knew the body of work that Kyle has done in the past, much has been geared toward adults and this was completely different which was refreshing and new and Kaitlyn was a brand new, young actress which really captured the essence of the character Riley.
What was interesting from the beginning in this movie was the journey of this film. We learned that the film took about 5 years to complete. Kaitlyn Dias mentioned that she started work on the film as a scratch voice (a voice used as a fill in for a character while they are in pre-production) and they approached her about being the actual voice. She started this when she was 11 and now she is 16. She talked about the changes that she went through herself during this time, and how she had to physically raise the pitch of her own voice to keep it consistent with what she had started with years before.
Kyle MacLachlan explained that being a part of this movie was a pleasure, as it is a film that he can share with his own seven-year old son. He actually told us the story of the first time his son saw the film and all of the questions that he had afterward. He let us know how much the film allowed his son to now articulate the emotions that he had, which was part of the power of this film in general.
Someone asked Kyle how he felt about being a Disney Dad now and also being listed as one of the top sexy Disney Dad and his response? “I’ll reign for a few weeks and then get bumped off.”
We also asked Kyle MacLachlan about whether he was an ACDC fan, as he really rocks out on this with Tiley’s boyfriend Jordan in the short, but Kyle confessed that if he was being honest it is Led Zeppelin that really holds his passion!
Both actors stated that they put a lot of themselves into their characters. Kaitlyn Dias specifically mentioned that you see a lot of her, especially in regards to goofball island.
I asked both who was the better hockey player and both agreed that Riley took that honor. Kyle shared a story with us about a trip that he and his family took to Rockefeller Center. While there, they went ice skating and it was his son that had to lead him around the ice holding up his dad.
We talked to both about their favorite characters in the movie. Kaitlyn Dias mentioned that Anger probably was hers as she mentioned she loved that “his head explodes” and Kyle MacLachlan said that he loved Joy and he tries to have this for himself on a daily basis. He also talked about how he enjoyed seeing how joy manipulates Sadness at first and how that relationship has to change and the importance of this.
In the end I loved how both of these actors played off of each other in the interview and even though Kyle has been in the business for many years he did an amazing job at drawing Kaitlyn into the conversation too!
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