Still from 'Inside Out.' Photo courtesy of Pixar/Disney
Still from ‘Inside Out.’ Photo courtesy of Pixar/Disney

Inside Out” has helped special needs children talk about their emotions, the makers of the Oscar-winning animated feature film said Sunday night.

Co-writer and co-director Pete Docter called it “an amazing byproduct of the movie,” noting that “primarily what we were after was entertainment and fun.”

Teachers and parents of special needs children have reached out to say the Pixar Animation film has changed kids’ lives, Docter told reporters backstage at the Dolby Theatre.

Docter and producer Jonas Rivera said their own kids played a big part in shaping the film set inside the mind of a young girl.

Docter said his daughter was about 11 years old when he began working on the film, and was in the midst of changing “from goofy little funny kid to being more serious.”

All the other parents involved in the story identified with that shift, which drove the storytelling.

“We’d screen it for scientists and for my kids,” and then “kind of aggregate those notes,” Rivera said, laughing about how crazy that sounded.

“It’s a reflection of our kids and we’re very proud of it,” Rivera said.

The duo said co-writer/co-director Ronnie Del Carmen should have been on stage alongside them, calling him “one of the great visual storytellers in animation.”

It was daunting to write about the complexities of the human mind, the filmmakers said.

“It was a long process of rewriting that took three and a half years,” Docter said.

Asked to name the best thing about the nomination and win, Rivera said he was hesitant to drop names, but “I got to meet Ice Cube … and he said, ‘That movie’s dope.'”

Rivera said he was a huge fan of the rapper and producer of “Straight Outta Compton.”

Docter recalled the mother of a girl with special needs talking about how she felt for the first time after seeing the movie, saying that was the best thing for him.

–City News Service

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