More Details On Pete Docter Movie That ‘Takes You Inside The Mind’

John Lasseter recently sat down with Charlie Rose for an extensive interview about Pixar, Steve Jobs, and Disney. He speaks at length about the beginnings of Pixar and how George Lucas sold the company to Steve Jobs, how important it is for the studio to focus on quality, and how animation is simply a medium for telling stories (just like in live-action films). Towards the end of the interview, Lasseter briefly describes Pixar’s upcoming slate – Brave, Monsters University, The Untitled Dinosaur Movie, and The Untitled Movie That Takes You Inside The Mind. The most mind-bending of those is easily the Pete Docter-directed Mind film and now we have a few more details on how the film will work.

The official premise, as given by Disney/Pixar is:

Pixar takes audiences on incredible journeys into extraordinary worlds: from the darkest depths of the ocean to the top of the tepui mountains in South America; from the fictional metropolis of Monstropolis to a futuristic fantasy of outer space. From director Pete Docter (“Up,” “Monsters, Inc.”) and producer Jonas Rivera (“Up”), the inventive new film will take you to a place that everyone knows, but no one has ever seen: the world inside the human mind.

When Pete Docter first announced the project at the D23 Expo in August, he said the driving force of the film was the question, “What is going on in people’s heads?”. In the interview with Charlie Rose, John Lasseter elaborates on that (the video can be seen here, with the following quote starting at 52:29):

Pete Docter, from Monsters, Inc. and Up, is doing a new film that takes place inside of a girl’s mind and it is about her emotions as characters, and that is unlike anything you’ve ever seen.

So now we know that the character whose thoughts we will be privy to is a girl (if she is a main character she would be another big female protagonist for Pixar!) and her emotions will have roles in the film. It sounds like her emotions will be embodied by fully-realized characters and will help to visually and creatively explain how the mind works through acting out their personalities. Still having a difficult time figuring out how this film will function? You’re not alone, but I continue to be fascinated by the premise.

Pete Docter is my favorite director at the studio, and seeing his genius at work in Up, I simply cannot wait for this one to hit the screen. We have a bit of a wait, though, as the film is not scheduled to hit theatres until May 30, 2014.

Source: Charlie Rose

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  • Peppe

    Maybe it is something like

  • Peppe

    Maybe it is something like

  • Mariana

    I’m so excited. (: I bet it will be amazing and Pete Docter is a genius <3

  • crashrick

    This reminded me of Epcot’s extinct Cranium Command attraction.

  • Ron Christian

    Unlike anything I’ve ever seen?  Are you being ironic?  Herman’s Head, 1991 – 1994

  • kenneth

    Be careful guys:
    What at first sounds like another important female-enpowerment movie can instead become the most sexist thing Pixar has released yet. 
    What do I mean? 
    Consider the fact that the filmmakers decided that a movie about emotions should be centered around a “girl,” as if boys had no emotions. 
    Second, the characters will be the emotions and probably not the girl herself; thus, I envision seeing a bunch of middle-aged men characters (not unlike Monsters, Inc) who work and live inside this tumultuous world, which is decidedly female. I expect to hear sexist comments like “Why did I have to be stuck working in a GIRL’S head?” or “Why is this girl so wishy-washy?” 

    I am NOT looking forward to seeing this film.  

    • Andrew Hess

      Probably because you’ve written such a horrible version of it already.

    • MacKenzie.

      Okay, well think of it this way:They could only really go into one person’s mind. They chose a girl. It was a 50-50 chance. Is there some underlying meaning? Possibly. Could it just be that they had to choose a character and they chose a girl? That’s possible, too.
      Also, females’ emotions are very different than males, and it wouldn’t hurt a male to understand the female’s brain. It helps them understand their brain, thus helps the relationship, whatever level it may be at. I suppose an argument could be that females could learn about males’ brains, but females tend to have stronger emotions than males.

      • Pixar is awesome!

        Man, it’s a movie. Also, you would feel the same way if they picked a boy. It’s Pixar, they will make it incredible.

  • Shawn

    Kenneth that sounds hilarious, actually.

  • Henry Swanson

    What’s with people’s weird obsession about Pixar being sexist? Is this a new development or have people always felt this way about Pixar? When I look back through their catalogue I see many cool female characters. Sure, there are more male characters, and they are generally stronger parts, but I don’t see why this is perceived in such a negative light. My nieces and nephews all love Pixar films. The girls can enjoy the male characters and don’t need to see a strong female character to connect with, they are equally able to imagine themselves in the shoes of a male protagonist. I’d rather my niece watched and enjoyed Woody and Buzz, then The Little Mermaid any day. 

  • shadypotential

    why am i the only one that is figuring this out? ehh maybe the main character is a BOY and he goes into a girl’s mind to figure out her emotions. How can a girl go into her own mind? com on think. it has to be someone else taking the journey

  • Amy

    I’ve never felt that Pixar was sexist – I think somebody suggested it once and the media ran with it, implanting this notion in the general public. As a former girl, the world is Pixar’s oyster as far as what goes on in girls’ minds. If they did a movie on my little girl mind, it would be full of horses, unicorns and ballerinas.

    I hope they actually research little children – you know how famous Pixar is for their research junkets! In other words, I hope they don’t make a film about what adults presume children think about and feel. Should be a good movie, though, Pixar never disappoints!

  • Boken09

    hermans head anybody?

  • Bill7102

    Always thought “Psychonauts” would have made a good Pixar-like movie.    Its a similar concept.

  • Emi

    Tina Fey NEEDS to be in this movie.