Pixar has just released new details on their next original release, Inside Out. Here is the new press release: “From the tepuis of South America to a monster-filled metropolis, Academy Award®-winning director Pete Docter has taken audiences to unique and imaginative places. In 2015, he will take us to the most extraordinary location of all – inside the mind of an 11-year-old named Riley. 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.” The full press release can be read here.
I, for one, am beginning to look forward to Inside Out. The voice talent alone indicates it should be very funny. The storyline definitely sounding good, but what I like most about this description is it tells me Pixar might very well be “back”. I say that because Inside Out sounds like it will be completely different from all animated movies before it. It sounds totally original and creative. That, my friends, is 1/2 of the Pixar magic. The other half is solid writing, animation, and everything else that goes into making a great movie. For now, though, let’s talk about the first half of their magic since we have another year to wait for the rest. If you think about it, every single movie of theirs that wasn’t a sequel was totally original, never been done before. Toy Story, Monsters Inc, Nemo, Cars, Ratatouille, Wall-E they all made our eyes light up when they were first announced because we had never heard of anything like it before. That’s how I felt when I read this description of Inside Out. It’s going to be another great one. I knew Pixar wasn’t down for the count. I just wish we didn’t have to wait a whole year for more brilliance.