A picture-book behind-the-scenes look at Disney’s latest feature, Inside Out.

In a commercially brave move away from the fairy tale world of Frozen, Disney and Pixar have explored the unusually abstract concept of the human mind for their latest film Inside Out – the story of a 12-year-old girl named Riley and the emotions that live inside her head.

In this accompanying book from Chronicle Books readers are again treated to a behind the scenes look at the making of the film and the evolution of characters such as Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear and Disgust. Conceptually it reminds me of Disney’s 1943 awarding cartoon Reason and Emotion, but while concerning itself less with World War Two propaganda, explores the growing pains to which we can all relate.

The book is unashamedly text light with only a brief introduction to set the scene, but in typical Disney fashion the traditional and digital character designs, locations and storyboards are of an extremely high quality. While this might feel a little rushed compared to previous titles in Chronicle’s ‘Art of’ series, it remains well worth a look for animation fans and those looking to learn from the masters.

The Art of Disney’s Inside Out
Chronicle Books
Hardback 176 pages
24.1 x 2.5 x 29.2 cm