Pixar’s Inside Out bagged the Oscar for Best Animated Feature category in the 2016 Academy Awards making it Disney’s fourth animated film Oscar in a row. It follows the steps of other Oscar winners from the past, such as Brave, Frozen, and Big Hero 6. The Producer Jonas Rivera and Director Pete Docter received the award on stage during the Academy’s 88th Annual Awards.
Inside Out was up against a stacked line-up for the award, and bested other nominees for the title such Charlie Kaufman’s puppet-starring Anomalisa, Brazilian director Alê Abreu’s Boy and the World, Shaun and the Sheep Movie, and Studio Ghibli’s final feature When Marnie Was There. Though all films have been highly praised by critics, Inside Out had by far the widest release of any of its competitors, and its emotional appeal, plus that Pixar brand recognition was highly appealing to Academy voters.
While accepting the award, Docter said, “This film was really born from watching our kids grow up. To anyone in junior high or high school, there are days you’re gonna feel angry, you’re gonna feel sad, and that’s nothing you can choose, but you can make stuff.”
Inside Out tells of Riley (voiced by Kaitlyn Dias) – 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.