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Utah film student behind outside-only version of ‘Inside Out’ thrilled by project’s reception

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Posted at 10:25 PM, Jan 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-04 00:25:03-05

SALT LAKE CITY – In the Disney-Pixar film "Inside Out", audiences are taken inside the mind of young Riley and the five emotions—anger, disgust, fear, sadness, and joy—that make up her personality.

But, recently, a University of Utah film student named Jordan Hanzon decided to try an experiment.

“I enjoyed “Inside Out’ as a film, and I thought that there really was a story behind Riley without all the emotions, and I wanted to really show that as well," he said.

The result was an edited version of “Inside Out”, though perhaps a more-appropriate title would just be “Out.” Hanzon cut out all of the inside scenes involving the emotions. The remaining footage is only about 15 minutes long, but Hanzon said it still tells a story people can relate to.

"It really tells the whole story of a teenager, really, having to move, having this huge change in your life, and having to cope with it,” he said. “You don't get to see the behind the scenes, but it's still an interesting story to watch."

Hanzon added, “I guess it's more sad now? You just get to see Riley cry a lot.”

The student’s shortened version has taken off, racking up more than 1.4 million views online in a handful of days.

“I’m super surprised, I did not see any of this coming,” Hanzon said. “I’m really happy that everyone enjoyed it, and I’m really hoping Disney doesn't sue."

See below for the full video of Hanzon’s project: