'Inside Out' Cast Reflects on Most Valuable Thing About Childhood

Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling and more stars of the Pixar animation also discussed the film's frenzied red-carpet premiere during an interview with THR.

The cast of Pixar's latest animation Inside Out reflected on childhood joys during a sit-down with The Hollywood Reporter at the Cannes Film Festival.

When asked which part about childhood they most wanted to hold onto as adults, Amy Poehler shared, "I think that enthusiasm is really something to try to maintain or hold onto as you grow older. Sometimes you lose it."

Producer Jonas Rivera noted, "I feel like we've made careers out of that idea, right? Our whole thing is trying to keep childhood and almost this 'Neverland' refusal to grow up." He added, "It's kind of what Pixar is. I think that's something we all have in common there."

Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Lewis Black and director Pete Docter also discussed the occasional headache of headlining a premiere at Cannes, an experience that Smith called "a little bit terrifying." 

"There's people yelling. Photographers, flashbulbs, seizure-enducing — I'm biting on my wallet to stop from having a seizure," Docter joked about stepping out on the red carpet for Inside Out's Cannes screening.

"I don't like to be in the position where I'm going, 'What do I look like now? What do I look like now?' " Black added. Poehler mentioned that she made a quick wish at the top of the stairs, a Cannes tradition that was relayed to her by Pierre Niney (who voices the character Fear in the French version of the Pixar film).