Japanese Calligraphy That Perfectly Matches the Emotions of Pixar’s Upcoming Animated Film ‘Inside Out’

Those voices we hear in our heads, telling us what to do, how to act and what to feel – those are our emotions. At least according to Pixar’s latest film Inside Out.

The quirky animated film tells the story of an 11-year-old girl whose emotions help her through a life-changing move from her Midwest home to San Francisco. Her emotional guides are: Joy (Amy Poehler), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling), Fear (Bill Hader), and Sadness (Phyllis Smith).

To celebrate the movie’s release on June 17th in the US, and two weeks later in Japan, Disney’s Japan branch reached out to calligraphy artist Sisyu to create unique kanji characters that correspond to each of the five emotions.

The calligraphy for “joy” was given an uplifting, strong stroke, while the strokes for “sadness” drooped more on the page. “Anger” was written in bold, aggressive strokes, while “fear” was drawn thin and shaky. Lastly, “disgust” was written with swift strokes that seem to imply irritation and impatience.

Check out the calligraphy, watch trailers for the movie and meet the emotions below:



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