Inner Workings is a 3D hand-drawn/computer-animated adventure short film directed by Leo Matsuda.

Official trailers

Walt Disney Animation Studios on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 released the trailer:
"Inner Workings" Short - Trailer.

Story intro

The short follows the inner workings of Paul, a man living in California during the 1980s. Paul's Brain, Heart, Lungs, Stomach and even his Bladder and Kidneys all awaken on a typical day for work. Heart expresses desires to try a large breakfast special at the urging of Stomach, play around on the beach, and try out a new pair of sunglasses at a stand run by an attractive female vendor. However, Brain simply wants Paul to get to work on time at Boring, Boring & Glum and avoid possible hazards that Brain thinks will kill Paul along the way. Fed up with Heart's constant sidetracked nature, Brain takes away Heart's control so that Paul can get to work on time. He and dozens of other employees sit at desks and enter data into their computers, moving simultaneously. Brain takes notice of the dreary routine of Paul's life and comes to realize that this cycle will eventually lead to his death as a sad, miserable, lonely man. During lunchtime, Brain gives control of Paul back to Heart, who sends him off to partake of the activities that Brain had passed up on the way to the office. Paul returns to work afterward, happy and content, and begins to dance to a lively beat whose energy quickly spreads to his coworkers and even to his elderly bosses. During the credits, Paul daydreams about performing other fun activities with his bosses and coworkers, marrying the sunglasses vendor and starting a family with her.


Tucker Gilmore
Raymond S. Persi
Terri Douglas


The film Inner Workings was scheduled to be released on June 17, 2016 (Annecy Animation Film Festival) and on November 23, 2016 (with Moana, United States) by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.

The duration of the film is 6 minutes.

The film had received a "G" rating.


The audience likes the film.

External links

Wikipedia: Inner Workings

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