Inside Out is being released for home viewing next week, which means you can cry yourself into a salty ball of snot and emotion whenever you feel like it. If you’ve already seen the movie, you know that one of the biggest jerkers of tears is Bing Bong, Riley’s long-forgotten imaginary friend. Bing Bong is wacky and a bit dim, but made of love. For the Blu-ray release, though, Pixar is releasing a bunch of deleted scenes, including an earlier version of Bing Bong, who was a lot more radical than the character we ended up meeting.
As director Pete Docter explains, originally Bing Bong was going to be a more extreme version of Joy. How extreme? REALLY SUPER EXTREME, IT TURNS OUT. Docter describes him as a “radical nonconformist” who is so committed to Riley’s childhood that he’s a brick-throwing, revolution-calling “rebel rouser.” A few glimpses of the Bing Bong Manifesto:
—Playtime and nap time are innate human rights.
—The imaginary people refuse to remain disenfranchised.
—Growth ≠ progress!