Oscar-winning Pixar filmmaker Peter Docter’s Up kicked off the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, while this year he’ll be returning to the international cinema event with his latest project: Inside Out. A one-minute clip from the animated feature – co-directed by Ronnie Del Carmen (storyboard artist on Ratatouille) and co-written by Docter and Meg LeFauve (who may co-write Captain Marvel next) – has been released, as part of the Cannes announcement concerning the next Pixar film release.
The scene above introduces the various emotions that exist within the mind of Riley (Kaitlyn Dias): an eleven-year old girl who must adjust to life to San Francisco, after her family moves there. Story-wise, Docter has said that Inside Out features two central narrative threads: one highlighting Riley’s (and her family’s) experiences in their new home, while the other follows Joy (Amy Poehler) and Riley’s other emotions – included in the above clip – as they work to keep things running smoothly in Riley’s brain at the same time.
Inside Out sounds like a fairly ambitious piece of storytelling (the premise’s similarities to Herman’s Head aside) – one that will be present by way of the kind of sophisticated animation that the masses now expect from Pixar, judging by the trailer footage and freshly-released clip. It’s an appropriate selection for the prestigious lineup of the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, on those grounds alone.
Docter, with his official statement, expressed his excitement about premiering the movie to the public (following years of development):
“We are overjoyed at being included in this year’s official selection at Cannes. With ‘Inside Out,’ we spent years imagining – and then building – never-before-seen settings and characters within the mind. It was an incredible, fun and exciting challenge and now we can’t wait to share it with the world.”
Other emotions in Riley’s head in Inside Out include Sadness, voiced by Phyllis Smith (The Office); Disgust, voiced by Mindy Kaling (The Mindy Project); Fear, voiced by Bill Hader (Saturday Night Live); and Anger, voiced by comedian Lewis Black. Naturally, these emotions only loosely resemble their voice actor counterparts – being physically cartoonish anthropomorphic renditions of feelings, that is. Nevertheless, in keeping with Pixar traditions, the emotions’ designs were clearly influenced by the people who voice them.
Similarly, the creative minds behind Inside Out told us they looked to actual concepts of psychology when constructing the story – in order to provide a relatively complex look at a young girl’s mental state, for a family-friendly animated feature. Again, it’s an ambitious undertaking to say the least, but we’re excited and hopeful that the final result will be worth the time/effort.
Inside Out opens in U.S. theaters on June 19th, 2015.