For you folks who aren’t Disney freaks and keep up to date on their latest new, the multi-billion dollar media company hosts something equivalent to Comic Con ; and it’s called D23. No idea what D23 stands for, but that’s not the point. D23 is the place where Disney unleashes a slew of information about all their upcoming projects from every company they own- video game announcements, TV announcements, new products, and of course new movies.
Naturally, Pixar announced their upcoming projects for 2015, and what really peaked my interest was a film called Inside Out.
Pete Docter (Monsters Inc, and Up) will be directing the Inside Out film that is slated to come out during the summer of 2015. No actual footage was shown for Inside Out; however, they did reveal some interesting character designs. As gorgeous as some of Pixar’s animations are, what really hold the film together is a story; and to say the least Inside Out has a pretty interesting concept. The film is about a 11 year old girl named Riley, who is trying to adjust to her new life in the city of San Francisco. Though the movie centers around Riley, and she is technically the main character, the big kicker is that Riley is also the “setting.”
Most of Inside Out takes place (you read for it?) in Riley’s mind. The story centers around not only Riley, but her emotions. Her emotions take on five personifications of: Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling), Fear (Bill Hader), Joy (Amy Poehler) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith), who reside in Riley’s mind and take turns reacting to the events unfolding in Riley’s life.
From what it looks like the plot for Inside Out finally kicks into gear when two of Riley’s emotions, Joy and Sadness, are lost “in the far reaches of the mind,” leaving poor Riley to be controlled by Anger, Disgust, and Fear. Somehow, this makes a ton of sense because isn’t this how tween and teenagers generally react? Haha. I see what you did there, Inside Out!
It’s pretty obvious where the main plot of Inside Out is going: Joy and Sadness need to be found, and its up the remaining emotions, Anger, Disgust, and Fear to find their missing comrades. During the mission to rescue Joy and Sadness, we’ll be taken on a fantastic journey of Inside Out’s concept of the mind. Viewers will board the Train of Thought, visiting Long Term Memory, Imagination Land, Abstract Thought, and Dream Production. (Somehow, this all seem very Wreck it Ralph)
I think what really sparked my interest for Inside Out is this abstartact approach to something so simple, it reminds me very much of Pixar’s earlier movies and genius story telling. Because, let’s be honest, nearly everything Pixar has released (or will be releasing) seem to be rehashes of everything that made them great- but nothing mind blowingly awesome, it’s a movie that you expect. And that’s sad shit, when storytellers and animators that define a generation of movies, become predictable and stale.
That said, I think Inside Out is bringing Pixar back to it’s roots that made the animation studio great: deceptively simple plot, with a great twist and fresh prespective. Obviously, I am looking forward to this film, and we haven’t even seen trailer teasers yet!