We are now less than one year from the release of Inside Out, the newest Pixar feature film. The film, the latest from director Pete Docter who last directed Up, is already gathering momentum and most of the world has not seen anything except for a synopsis, a logo, and one piece of concept art. Still, buzz is building – Pixar seems to have an incredible amount of confidence in the animated film as the studio has been previewing scenes for the last few weeks around the world, to festival attendees, critics, and online media. The consensus? Inside Out may just blow your mind.
Last week, Pixar showcased the new logo for the film at the Annecy Film Festival, a turn from the title treatment that featured a human head. Now, Disney has sent us a polished version that we can share with you (above). Set inside the mind of 11-year-old Riley, the main characters will be her emotions, led by Joy (voiced by Amy Poehler). Joining Joy is Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling), Fear (Bill Hader), and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The film’s story sets off with Riley moving to the big city of San Francisco, bringing the complexities of adapting to a new city, home, and school.
To celebrate that we are just one year away, Pixar has released gorgeous new concept art. Although images and screenshots of the artwork can be found on various sites online, one of our readers, Julian, sent in a larger, hi-res version. The art appears to be Joy standing in the Headquarters of Riley’s mind. View it below (and feel free to click it to get a closer look):
The reality of the situation is that there is more pressure than ever on Pixar to impress. Some have loudly complained in recent years that the Emeryville-based studio, once universally beloved, is at risk for turning into just another studio (a claim I don’t agree with). Additionally, there was no feature film from Pixar this year, as The Good Dinosaur was delayed (which should remind us that the studio chose to rework the story to make it better, rather than attempting to rush it out to meet a release deadline), further increasing anticipation for the studio’s newest films. Inside Out may be just the film that lowers that level of doubt in the public. I had the opportunity to see some brief footage at the D23 Expo last summer, and if the rest of the film even approaches that scene’s inventiveness, we are in for a treat. At this point, Pixar remains one of the most successful and critically acclaimed brands in the film industry, and Docter’s latest effort is on track to maintain the unprecedented success.
The synopsis for the film is below:
From an adventurous balloon ride above the clouds to a monster-filled metropolis, Academy Award®-winning director Pete Docter (“Monsters, Inc.,” “Up”) has taken audiences to unique and imaginative places. In Disney•Pixar’s original movie “ Inside Out,” he will take us to the most extraordinary location of all—inside the mind.
Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it’s no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley’s main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.
Inside Out heads (I solemnly swear that no pun is intended) into theaters on June 19th, 2015!