Fear Inside Out

Inside out is a computer-animated comedy film produced by Pixar studios. Fear is the main character in the Inside Out. This character is a personification of the emotion present in the mind of a young girl Riley Anderson. The fear is shown somewhat unsure about himself. This movie is related to the exploration of the emotional developmental processes with respect to the metaphysics.

Inside Out Movie’s Storyline:

The main story of this cartoon film revolves around a young girl Riley.
It is shown that there are mainly five main emotions in her life namely Joy, Disgust, sadness, fear and anger.

Each day she went through a number of experiences in her life. Those memories get stored in her long term memory every night.
Joy is the main leader of her emotions while the rest of the emotions try to control the sad element.

Inside Out Riley:

In the film the young girl Riley moved to San Francesco along with her family after her father’s posting.

After moving to a new city, Riley faced some new changes in her life. Many of these were not pleasant for her at all.

Like her new house was not well maintained, her father had also no time to give to her. She was also missing her favorite pizzas as the new pizza parlor was just adding broccoli only on the top.

Joy, Sadness and the Core Memories:

Her first day in school left a sad memory. She wept in front of her class mats. Meanwhile Joy tries to come over, using vacuum tube. But mistakenly Joy taps other core memories.

As a result Joy, Sadness and the Core memories go inside long term memory storage, after sucking out of the headquarters. That causes Joy and Sadness to go dormant.

Anger, Disgust and Fear Inside Out:

In their absence Anger, Disgust and Fear take place.

As they become active Riley starts behaving wired, and her affairs with the parents and friends became worse.

It was that time when Anger got entered in the scene to help bring her out of this mess.
Anger gives her idea that she must leave to Minnesota, that will help her to bring all her happiness back.

Bing ■■■■ Inside Out:

During this time Joy and Sadness are seen finding their way back to the headquarter of the long term memory.

During this search, they met Bing ■■■■.
Bing was an imaginary childhood friend of Riley. Bing ■■■■ suggests Joy and Sadness to sit in the train of thoughts to come back to the headquarters.

They rode the train of joy when they were on their way back to the headquarter, Riley fell asleep so they could not reach there. After that, Joy left Sadness and tries to ride a Recall tube to reach to his destination.

But at this instance the ground below the tube gets collapsed, that results in sending Joy and Bing Bongo to the Memory Dump. Joy finds that how a sad memory turned to a happy one, at the moment when Riley was soothe by her parents and friends.

That’s how Joy comes to know the reason of the Riley’s sadness. So he keeps alert to the other emotions, whenever he finds Riley in the emotional stress.

New Personality Island:

Finally Joy and Sadness made it to reach back to the headquarters together. But they had been so late. As anger had already come over; this had made Riley bored and careless.

Riley tells her parents that she misses her old town and the neighbourhood. Her parents calm her and admit that they all actually miss Minnesota.

With the mutual work of Joy and Sadness, a new core memory develops in her mind. In the result of that a new personality island forms, that make her realize and accept all the new changes in her present life.

Finally, she starts feeling serene and calm.
She starts taking interest in her old hobbies with the inclusion of some new ones.

Idea Behind the Making of Inside Out:

Pete Docter is the writer of this animated film. According to Docter, he got the inspiration for this story from the life of her own daughter.

It was 2010 when he observed some changes in the behaviour of her ■■■■■■■ daughter. She was in the developing age. This story is an outcome of the whole psychotherapy that was used for the treatment of the Docter’s daughter.

She came under observation when Docter saw that she has become more quit and reserved.
He himself had the same childhood issues.

So this he easily felt these changes in her own child. One day an idea light up in his mind, when he thought that ,what changes effect the human mind when the emotions emphasis on us ? These ideas lead him to portray these mental emotions in the animated form. This could only be depicted as a caricatured cartoon image.

After this Docter started working and researching on the human mind. The psychologist Paul Ekman and professor Dacher Keltner helped him in this regard.

Finally Docter found that there are basically 6 main human emotions including fear, disgust, anger, joy, sadness and surprise. For Docter , Surprise and fear where almost the same emotions, so that he finalized five emotions for his movie.


Fear inside out was a cartoon animated film that was wrote and produced by Peter Docter who got the inspiration of the story from the life of her own pre-teen daughter.

Inside Out Cast:

Below is the list of the voice-over artists along with the name of the characters they have worked for;

  1. Bill ■■■■■■ as Fear

  2. Amy Poehler as Joy

  3. Richard Kind as Bing ■■■■

  4. Phyllis Smith as Sadness

  5. Lewis Black as Anger

  6. Mindy Kaling as Disgust

  7. Kaitlyn Dias as Riley

  8. Kyle MacLachlan as Riley’s Father

  9. Diane Lane as Mother

  10. Paula Poundstone as Forgetter Paula

  11. Bobby Moynihan as Forgetter Bobby

  12. Dave Goelz as Subconscious Guard Frank

  13. Josh Cooley as Jangles the Clown

  14. Frank Oz as Subconscious Guard Dave

  15. Flea as Mind Worker Cop Jake

  16. Lori Alan as Mother’s Sadness

  17. Rashida Jones as Cool Girl’s Emotions

  18. Peter Sagal as Clown’s Joy

  19. Chalos as Father’s Fear

  20. Nick Pitera and Andrea as Gum Singer

Production Company of Inside Out:

Walt Disney Pictures and Pixar Animation Studios are the production companies of this cartoon film.

When Was Inside Out Released?

The animated cartoon film Inside Out was released on June 19th, 2015 in United State.

The Emotion of Fear in Inside Out:

As Riley moves to San Francisco along with her parents, she finds Fear more closer and available then the other emotions.

At the Time of Judgment:

This emotion starts appearing in the film when Riley migrates along with her parents, to San Francesco. She developed a social anxiety; which she encountered at the time when she was surrounded by new people in a new place.

In School:

When she had a fear that she might will come upon some negative response on her first day to school, Fear came in on the request of Joy.

Wakeup Task In Scary Dreams:

The fear is shown on the duty of watching Riley’s dreams. Because he had to wake her up in case if she watches too scary dream.

Fear in Inside Out Characteristics:

Facial Features:

The appearance of Fear in this animated film was kept on a raw nerve. Fear is a male emotion in the movie. His skin tone is purple in color .His eyebrows are black and his nose is quit lengthy like his face. He has the ability to float, unlike other characters.

There is a close resemblance of this emotion with the face of Dr Heinz from Phineas and Ferb.

Hair :

There is only a single hair strand locating on the back of his head. This hair strand also changes its colour according to the current mood. The hair is though curl in shape, but it comes in a zigzag form in case of tense situation, and it droops downward when Riley is Sad.


He is wearing a light blue colour dress shirt along with a red bow; with a black and white chequered waist coat and an indigo blue trouser. The shoes of Fear are black.

Why was Fear Important in Inside Out?

The emotion of Fear is present in all of the living being. It works to help us warn in any potential danger that we could face. But when this emotion of Fear becomes a bit over-reactive then we may behave absurd, due to the reason that we start afraid of those things that exist in the real and even those that are imaginary.

The main goal of the Fear was to keep Riley safe. The emotion Fear, also tries to show the audience that many times ,people tell “little lie” to themselves; in order to make their day little comfortable. This emotion has also further demonstrated that our emotions may scare us, but the bad thing connected to it is the generation of the feelings of Numbness.
According to the producer and story writer Docter, the early plan was to make Fear lost with Joy instead of Sadness.

But later it was found that it will be more sensible to keep him more in, as to show that Riley is fearful in her each move.


The main job of this Purple coloured emotion Fear, from the Inside out is to protect and safeguard Riley from any possible potential danger. He mostly remained engaged in keeping eye on all of the daily activities she is involved in. Fear hardly finds any activity near her that has a slight level of danger.

Critics Reviews and Response on Inside Out:

This cartoon film topped on the list of the site’s Top Hundred Cartoon Animated Movies.

  1. It was ranked on the third position in the list of the Top 100 Movies released in the 21st century.

  2. The website Rotten Tomatoes wrote that, “Gorgeously animated, and powerfully moving, Inside Out is another outstanding addition to the Pixar library of modern animated classics.”

  3. Metacritic a website that collects the reviews of the films, movies, shows and Books etc, assigned this film a score of 94 out of hundred. According to a poll by CinemaScore the film was graded with “A”.

  4. Kristopher Tapley has reviewed it as “one of the best films of this century”.

  5. A.O.Scott wrote in The New York Times that “this film is an absolute delight”.

  6. Ann Hornaday gave his reviews in The Washington Post that “that rare movie that transcends its role as pure entertainment to become something genuinely cathartic, giving children a symbolic language with which to manage their unruliest emotions”.

Video Games on Inside Out:

A play set of this cartoon film, casting all the main five emotions in it was created for Disney Infinity 3.0.
“Thought Bubbles” was created for mobile sets in 2015 by Disney Mobile games. That was available on Apple App Store, Amazon AppStore, Google Play, Windows Store and also on the Window Phone Store.

In Thought Bubble the gamer is going to play with the emotions of the Riley. The player has to pass through 485 levels in this game by matching and sorting the memory bubbles.


Below are few of the frequently asked question about the emotion Fear and Inside out;

1. Is there really going to be an Inside Out 2?

The sequel of Inside out has been in the discussion since its release back in 2015. As it gained unimaginable appreciation form the viewers and critics. According to the statement of the Pixar Studios there are many upcoming projects that they are engaged with. But as the demand of its sequel is quite high so it can be expected that it is going to be released after 2022.

2. Why is fear purple in Inside Out?

They didn’t make use of the yellow colour for Fear, as according to the producer it conventionally uses for cowardice. The bright colours used for the other emotions in the film. So they left with only a purple colour for the Fear.

3. What are the 5 emotions in Inside Out?

In the story of Riley, 5 emotions were selected for creating cartoon characters. These 5 emotions include;

  1. Fear
  2. Joy
  3. Sadness
  4. Anger
  5. Disgust


Fear is an emotion that keeps making lists of all the possible things that can go wrong in Riley’s life. Since Riley’s childhood, Fear took the position as the joy entered in her life. He works as an assistant of the Joy.

Inside out is a brilliant work depicting human brain and thoughts by showing each emotion individually as a cartoon character. The inside brain world of the Riley was sketched out so ingeniously. Each emotion had its own characteristics and appearance along with separate probs.

The Personality Island like Friendship Island, Family Island and Hockey Island etc, were also created brilliantly.