Since they’re both movies which take place largely within that mysterious realm known as the human noggin, Inception and Inside Out were natural candidates for a mashup video. And now, since the internet abhors a vacuum, that mashup video is here for the enjoyment of all. What is surprising is how restrained and relatively low-key it is. Chicago-born digital filmmaker Nelson Carvajal, whose varied resume includes work on The Biggest Loser, Colombiana, and two Transformers sequels, has crafted a clever mock trailer entitled Incept Out by taking candy-colored footage from Inside Out and setting it to the dark, ominous strains of Zack Hemsey’s “Mind Heist,” a piece which was memorably used in (though not composed for) the third Inception trailer back in 2010.
The plot of Incept Out is exactly the same as that of Inside Out: A preteen girl named Riley has trouble coping when her family moves from Minnesota to San Francisco, leading to trouble for her five dominant emotions—Joy, Sadness, Fear, Disgust, and Anger—each of which is represented as an adorable, vaguely Muppet-like character. All that’s really been changed here, besides the title, is the music. The use of “Mind Heist” lends drama and urgency to the proceedings, especially as Joy and Sadness embark upon a high-stakes mission within Riley’s brain. But Carvajal has resisted the urge to include the violence, death, and slow-motion mayhem which are part and parcel of the Christopher Nolan film. So Incept Out remains manifestly kid-friendly. The less-obvious Inside Out Llewyn Davis mashup, however, has yet to occur, despite its tremendous comedic potential.