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Inside Out ‘simplified for executives’

Oscar-winning director Pete Docter has joked he had to dumb down Inside Out to please movie executives.
The movie was a huge hit when it was released last year (15), and is in the running for two accolades at the Academy Awards on Sunday (28Feb16) – Best Animated Feature Film of the Year and Best Original Screenplay. Pete is hugely proud of the Pixar film, which tells the story of a young girl who relies on her emotions to help her settle into school and a new life in San Francisco. While family films are sometimes made less complex to keep children’s attention, Pete admits he was more concerned about his bosses understanding the concept of personified emotions.
“In the end, we had to simplify the film for the executives, but the kids loved it,” he is quoted as saying by Associated Press during an event held at the motion picture academy’s headquarters on Thursday (25Feb16).
Inside Out featured a team of emotions including Sadness, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Joy as voiced by Phyllis Smith, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling and Amy Poehler respectively.
Comedy drama, Anomalisa, is also in the running for Best Animated Feature Film of the Year and had its own fair share of challenges. The script was written by Charlie Kaufman, who also acted as one of the directors on the project, and was originally intended as a radio play. On the big screen it starred puppets voiced by David Thewlis and Jennifer Jason Leigh, and one particular stop-motion sex scene proved especially perplexing.
“That scene took the longest,” co-director Duke Johnson revealed during the event. “It took six months to animate. We didn’t know actually until we screened the film if it worked.”
Other films battling it out to be named best animated feature include Boy and the World, When Marine Was There and Shaun the Sheep Movie.

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