How the Beautiful Soundscape of Pixar's 'Inside Out' Was Created

Inside Out is Disney Pixar's newest animated hit, and we've got another fantastic SoundWorks Collection video from Michael Coleman giving you a complete rundown of not only the sound design, but the musical score as well:

In this exclusive SoundWorks Collection sound profile we talk with Director Pete Docter and Producer Jonas Rivera and Supervising Sound Editor Shannon Mills from Skywalker Sound about their work on Pixar's Inside Out.

If you haven't seen it, here is the trailer for the film:

Animation is on a completely different level as far as sound is concerned, because not only are you matching disembodied voices with pictures (or vice versa), you've got to create all of the sound design from scratch. With a film like Inside Out, that meant coming up with sounds for specific objects that don't necessarily exist in reality. As mentioned above, the characters exist in Riley's mind, but in a space that isn't quite like anything any of us have experienced.

It's truly amazing to watch all of this come together, and Pixar consistently produces amazing results.

What did you think of Inside Out?      

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I don't recall the music or sound particularly standing out to be honest. Some movies you really take notice. Not this one. Its not like you have the memorable themes of Toy Story. I noticed the sound more in Walle for example, because it was so silent at times so every bleep or creek from the robots stood out more. IMHO =)

July 30, 2015 at 7:21AM

Motion Designer/Predator

Well said. Same here.

July 30, 2015 at 10:18AM


I don't think the sound was designed to 'stand out'. As was mentioned in the video 'it's all about immersion'. The sound was supposed to act as a guide into the subconscious mind and aid the story-telling effort, not take over it. A conspicuous sound design would've defeated this purpose. So, if you didn't notice it, I guess they did their job right. :)

I didn't remember any sound bits either, but when I heard them while watching the video, they suddenly reemerged from the recesses of my mind recreating the atmosphere of the film. That's great sound design.

July 31, 2015 at 5:28AM