During the filmmaking process for Pixar’s Inside Out, an animated film about an adventure in the mind of Riley, an 11-year-old girl, many different emotions were considered for starring roles. Irritation, Pride, Envy, Greed, Gloom, Despair, and Love were only a few early ideas for this movie.
According to USA Today, Director Pete Docter said that when filmmakers began researching emotions in 2009 to create the characters, there was a wide variation in the scientific community about how many emotions exist. Some scientists said there were 17, some said four, and others said zero; emotions are illusions. Docter stated that was good for them, because it meant they could decide for themselves.
Their list went as high as 26 before excess emotions were cut off. Some contenders were schadenfreude (the enjoyment that comes from seeing others’ troubles) and ennui (the feeling of boredom). Pride and hope were the last to be cut.
Docter said, “We ended up cutting them just for simplicity sake because it got pretty crowded up there.”
At one point, the emotions even had human names because Doctor thought saying something like “Hey, Anger, come here!” was strange at first. “We tried that for a while, but I was wrong. We backed off it.” said Doctor, according to USA Today.
Eventually, the filmmakers chose Joy, Fear, Disgust, Sadness, and Anger, because other key character traits were embodied in the final five.