Inside Out script
Inside Out (2015)
Synopsis: Riley (Kaitlyn Dias) is a happy, hockey-loving 11-year-old Midwestern girl, but her world turns upside-down when she and her parents move to San Francisco. Riley's emotions -- led by Joy (Amy Poehler) -- try to guide her through this difficult, life-changing event. However, the stress of the move brings Sadness (Phyllis Smith) to the forefront. When Joy and Sadness are inadvertently swept into the far reaches of Riley's mind, the only emotions left in Headquarters are Anger, Fear and Disgust.

JOY (V.O.)

That’s Anger. He cares very deeply

about things being fair.


So that’s how you want to play it,

old man? No dessert? Oh, sure,

we’ll eat our dinner, right after

YOU eat this! GrrrraaaAAHH!!!!

Anger takes the controls as FLAMES blast out of his head. An

anger memory (red) rolls in.


Riley throws a fit. Dad distracts her.


(’flying’ the spoon)

Hey, Riley, Riley, here comes an



Anger stops screaming.


Oh, airplane. We got an airplane,





Dad “lands” the food into Riley’s smiling mouth.



A happy memory (golden) rolls in.

The others leave Joy alone at the console with Sadness.

JOY (V.O.)

And you’ve met Sadness. She...

well, she...

FLASH CUTS of Riley crying: broken toy, spilled ice cream,

tantrum in the supermarket, wanting out of her car seat.

JOY (V.O.)

I’m not actually sure what she

does. And I’ve checked, there’s no

place for her to go, so she’s good,

we’re good. It’s all great!

Sadness exits. Joy turns to the wall of golden memories.

JOY (V.O.)

Anyway! These are Riley’s memories--

and they’re mostly happy, you’ll

notice, not to brag.

She inspects one of the golden memories: Riley and her friend

MEG (both age 3) going down a slide. She REWINDS it,

relishing the happy moment.

JOY (V.O.)

But the REALLY important ones are

over here. I don’t want to get too

technical, but these are called


Joy pops up the CORE MEMORY HOLDER. Inside are five intensely

bright golden memories.

JOY (V.O.)

Each one came from a super-

important time in Riley’s life.

Like when she first scored a goal?

That was so amazing!

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Pete Docter

Peter Hans "Pete" Docter (born October 9, 1968) is an American film director, animator, screenwriter, producer and voice actor from Bloomington, Minnesota. more…

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