Mirror mirror on the wall, who’s the bluest of them all?

It’s Sadness, one of the emotions in Riley’s mind from Inside Out, the 2015 Disney/Pixar movie. The story is about the life of a little girl, Riley, who moves to San Francisco where everything goes wrong: Riley’s dad doesn’t have time to take care of her, their new house is awful and they only serve broccoli pizza at school.

Sadness embodies the definition of feeling blue:

“Crying helps me slow down and obsess over the weight of life’s problems.”

Sadness, Disney, Anything Blue

Meet Sadness, the bluest doll of all – Anything Blue

Who is Sadness ?

She is the most sentitive emotions inside the mind of Riley, the main character of Inside Out. Sadness was born when Riley was just a baby girl, and reacted when she did not her get way. The four other emotions inside Riley’s mind are Joy, Fear, Anger and Disgust, who don’t understand Sadness role and tend to exclude her. Joy often pushes her away to make Riley happy.

Her personality…

Most of the time, Sadness likes to lie on the floor, watch tragic romance stories and feel blue. She is very similar to Eeyore, another Disney’s character. She would love to be more optimistic but finds it hard to do so. But at the same time, she is also smarter and more pragmatic than the other emotions, and proves to be a valuable character in the journey through Riley’s mind.

She is very compassionate with others, and is not afraid to share her true feelings to make them feel better. This characteristic reflects her true role : she is the one who helps Riley let the sadness out and let it go. When the other emotions understand that, they accept her and Sadness finally finds her place.

More about the blue doll

During the journey, they run into Riley’s old imaginary friend from toddlerhood, Bing Bong, who knows a way back to Headquarters. Joy decides to have him show them the way back.

While on their way back, they go though Imagination Land, where they see that many of the childish aspects of Riley’s personality are being removed, including Bing Bong’s rocket that is sent down to the Memory Dump. Bing Bong starts crying and Joy tries to get him to stop by being goofy, but it doesn’t work at all. Instead of trying to cheer him up, Sadness decides to sympathize with him and let him express his emotions. In just a minute or so, Bing Bong feels better. Joy is shocked that Sadness could solve Bing Bong’s problems without cheering him up.”

Portrait by Disney Wikia