On June 19, the team that gave us a window into the secret worlds of toys, monsters, and clownfish will now be taking audiences on a brand new journey. We all know they exist, but we’ve never actually seen them – It’s time to meet those little voices inside our heads.
Based on an original idea by Pete Docter (the creative genius behind Monsters, Inc. and Up) the newest Disney-Pixar venture, Inside Out, was inspired by his daughter, Ellie, and her tumultuous behavior during her pre-teen years.
Both moody kids on the cusp of adulthood, and parents unsure of what’s going on in the minds of their children when they throw a temper tantrum, will relate to the story of 11-year-old Riley Anderson (Kaitlyn Dias) as her emotions—Joy, Anger, Disgust, Fear and Sadness—attempt to guide her through life.
When she’s uprooted from her home in the Midwest after her father (Kyle MacLachlan) accepts a new job, Riley must rely on their emotions—which are, of course, personified as colorful little characters ranging from the red, fire-headed anger to the blue, melancholy Sadness—to help her make the transition.
Riley’s emotions, voiced by the all-star cast of Amy Poehler (Joy), Bill Hader (Fear), Lewis Black (Anger), Mindy Kaling (Disgust), and Phyllis Smith (Sadness), live in “Headquarters”—a.k.a. Riley’s mind—and all vie for control of her actions as she learns to leave her small town behind and embrace her new life in bustling San Francisco.
Inner turmoil ensues when Sadness and Joy—her primary emotions—find themselves lost in the depths of Riley’s mind on her first day of school, leaving the rest of the emotions to determine exactly how she should react to her new life a new city.
Playing to the nature of all feel-good Pixar films, while Joy and Sadness journey through the unfamiliar territories, Anger, Disgust, and Fear team up to help the young girl ultimately discover the good in her situation.
The most anticipated part of this release is discovering how Disney-Pixar will manage to tell the story going on in Riley’s mind while simultaneously allowing audiences to experience the outside world through her eyes.
But, hey, if they can make us cry over the plight of a talking cowboy doll as his best friend goes off to college, laugh about the misadventures of a one-eyed monster in his first year of “scaring school,” or rejoice for an over-protective fish as he reunites with his lost son, we can only imagine the emotions that await Disney-Pixar fans going to see a movie about… Well… Emotions.