For a film that is not due for another year (that isn’t Star Wars), Inside Out has a great deal of buzz surrounding it, for a number of reasons: given that there is no Pixar feature film this year, the studio’s absence is certainly being felt, increasing expectations for its next film; it is the first film from director Pete Docter since he made audiences around the world openly weep during Up; Inside Out footage the animation studio has screened at the D23 Expo and CinemaCon has knocked viewers’ socks off. Today, Pixar screened the most footage from the film to date, in France, and from what we are hearing, the film only seems to be raising expectations.
Pete Docter is a Pixar veteran who has been with the company since before the original Toy Story. Although he has only directed Monsters, Inc. and Up for the studio, the passion those two projects have inspired among critics and fans has made Docter one of the most highly-regarded directors at the studio. His next film, 2015’s Inside Out, has understandably garnered high expectations, given that it will be the first Pixar feature film since 2013’s Monsters University, but also because a short scene screened at the D23 Expo and CinemaCon generated immense praise. This summer, you can learn more about the film from Docter himself at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival.