Oscar watch: 5 things that brought the 'Inside Out' cast a whole lot of joy

There's no lack of love for "Inside Out" as the Oscars approach.

The Disney-Pixar film is the clear favourite to be named Best Animated Feature by the Academy, already sweeping the Annie Awards with 10 wins. It's also up for Best Original Screenplay -- only the ninth animated film to ever be nominated in that category.

The already beloved film goes inside the mind of 11-year-old Riley, and explores her conflicting emotions as she moves to a new city with her family.

Those emotions are brought to life by the voices of Amy Poehler (Joy), Mindy Kaling (Disgust), Bill Hader (Fear), Phyllis Smith (Sadness) and Lewis Smith (Anger).

Whether it wins Oscar gold or not, the film obviously brought the cast a whole lot of joy. Here they tell us why.

1. It makes you think, laugh and cry

"Emotions are still taboo to speak of... it's so cool that Pixar's like 'we're going to go inside,'" Poehler says of the film's concept..

"It makes you think about your own childhood, it makes you think about being a parent, it makes you think about being a person... but you really laugh and cry when you're watching it, which is my favourite thing to do."

2. The story comes from an authentic place

"Pete Docter, who wrote and directed the film, it came from the fact that his daughter was growing up and he couldn't figure out what she was thinking and feeling and he wrote about it," Poehler explains. "And you can sense it in the film, that it's coming from an authentic place."

3. It captures a very particular moment in time 

"What's great about this film is it's at that suspended moment of time in a boy or girl's life right before they jump into that snake pit of society and their bodies change and everything goes to hell," Poehler says. 

"It's just when you believe you can be an astronaut and a teacher and a scientist and a doctor, and you play hockey and no one's telling you you can't do things, and you're just so physical, and you love your parents. You still love your parents!"

4. It makes feeling things a-okay

"The character has such great parents and is so well adjusted... and I had great parents, but I was so fearful and worried about what everyone thought of me," says Kaling.

"The movie's so sophisticated and I love that it lets little girls or young girls just be like 'Oh it's okay to have all these emotions and not be happy all the time.'"

5. That includes inner turmoil

"It's impossible to be happy all the time," echoes Hader. "The fact that [Joy]'s relationship with Sadness [involves] trying to control her, it's like... these things have to coexist. That's what makes you you."

Find out if "Inside Out" makes it into the winners circle, when the 2016 Oscars air Sunday Feb. 28 on CTV. 
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