What did Kesley Mann say about getting nine emotions onboard in the movie?

Inside Out 2 continues to captivate audiences with its exploration of Riley’s evolving emotional landscape, now that she has entered her teenage years. The sequel introduces five new emotions into Riley’s mind, causing a stir among the existing emotions—Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear, and Disgust—who struggle to adapt to the newcomers.

Director Kelsey Mann revealed in an interview with Entertainment Weekly that the original plan was to introduce nine new emotions instead of five. However, the idea was scrapped because it risked overwhelming and confusing the audience. Mann shared, “I started with nine new emotions showing up. It was ridiculous. There were so many. I wanted Joy to feel overwhelmed.”

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The new emotions Riley experiences in the film include Envy, Embarrassment, Anxiety, and Ennui (boredom), with nostalgia also making its way into her mind as a teenager. Mann explained that he wanted to mirror the complex emotions parents feel while raising teenagers, likening Joy to a parental figure navigating the challenges of adolescence. He described the experience of parenting teenagers as feeling like someone suddenly switched the playbook on you, leaving you unsure of what’s next.

In Inside Out 2, Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear, and Disgust find their harmonious operations disrupted when Anxiety arrives, throwing their equilibrium into disarray. The film explores how these emotions navigate the complexities of Riley’s mind as she matures.

With a talented voice cast including Amy Poehler, Ayo Edebiri, Phyllis Smith, and more, Inside Out 2 continues to enchant audiences with its imaginative portrayal of emotions and the challenges of growing up.