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Oscar-nominated Animated Feature series: Pete Docter on 'Inside Out'

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The characters of "Inside Out," Anger, Disgust, Joy, Fear and Sadness.
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Here at Take Two, we're chatting with the filmmakers in the Best Animated Feature film category.

We kick off our Oscar coverage of that category today with Disney Pixar's Inside Out.

The film is about an 11-year-old girl named Riley and the five emotions controlling her brain.

Joy, played by Amy Poehler, is their ever-energetic leader. Here she is taking charge after Riley's family moves from Minnesota to San Francisco.

"First Day of School" Inside Out

The film's director, Pete Docter, who has also worked on Disney Pixar classics like Up, WALL-E and Monster's Inc. spoke to host Alex Cohen about making the film and how he almost walked away.

Some interview highlights:

On almost quitting:

"I was thinking I am a failure, I've led all of these people into the woods and we're lost and we don't know what the ending is and I should just quit...The people I work with, why are they the most important people in my life? The people I love. It's because yes, I've had good times with them but I've also been sad alongside with them. I've been angry at them, I've been scared for them. It's all the experience of our emotions that connect us deeply."

On his emotions on Oscar night:

"Well I think Fear is solidly in control, he's saying 'More sweat to palms', you know. 'Make the knees quiver!' In fact, on Up we were lucky enough to win the Oscar and I can't even remember between what happened between that and suddenly I was standing on stage. I think Fear just kind of takes over and maybe Joy is saying 'Okay, but you have to look like you're not about to pee your pants.' So, it's definitely a big rush."

To hear the full interview, click the blue play button above.