Inside Out is the newest film from director Pete Docter, the mastermind behind Monsters, Inc. and Up, two of Pixar’s most heartwarming films. The film will center on the emotions of 11-year-old Riley who is uprooted and must move across the country with her parents. Pixar is known for casting great actors for roles in its films, and today we have learned that the studio cast two respected actors to play the role of Riley’s parents. Find more details after the break!
Pixar revealed (via USA Today) that Diane Lane and Kyle MacLachlan will provide the voices for the two parents. Although the studio is known for asking several actors to return to voice characters in its other films, both Lane and MacLachlan are collaborating with Pixar for the first time. Lane, perhaps most famous for her roles in The Perfect Storm, Unfaithful, and Man of Steel, and MacLachlan, best known for playing Dale Cooper on the TV series Twin Peaks, join a cast that already includes Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, and Mindy Kaling, among others.
“The parents play a crucial role since Riley is seen through their eyes,” according to Docter. Speaking with USA Today, the director elaborated on the genesis of the film, stating that he wanted to make “a film about growing up,” but actually ended up directing a film inspired by him seeing his “kids grow up.” Knowing that this is coming from the man who brought the world to tears within minutes of the beginning of Up, I can only wonder how much heart Inside Out will have.
Docter also speaks about who the two parents are. Dad just got a job at “a start-up company in San Francisco” while Mom is the “emotional center of the family.” Not only will we get to see inside the mind of Riley and see how her emotions interact with one another, but we will also get a glimpse inside the minds of Mom and Dad:
Dad’s emotions have Headquarters like a Norad missile defense site and have mustaches. Very male. Meanwhile, Mom’s Headquarters features emotions wearing her red glasses and who engage in civil discussion à la The View.
Some outside the studio have seen how this will work, as the scene that played at the D23 Expo in 2013 and at CinemaCon earlier this year demonstrated how each character’s emotions look and feel. I had the opportunity to see it at the Expo and the scene was incredible.
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 hits theaters on June 19th, 2015!