Inside Out is the first Pixar animated feature since Monsters University from 2013, and the studio’s first film based in a previously-unestablished universe since Brave was released three years ago (at the time of writing this). The movie is also the third feature-length project by Oscar-winning writer/director and Pixar Studios “brain trust” member, Peter Docter, following after Monsters, Inc. and Up. So, just on those grounds, there’s good reasons for people to be interested in seeing this new Pixar creation.
Fortunately, the actual premise for Inside Out is definitely its most intriguing element. The film takes place largely within the mind of Riley (Kaitlyn Dias), an eleven-year old girl who’s just moved to San Francisco with her family, and is adjusting to life in her new home. Previously-released clips and trailers for Inside Out have focused on anthropomorphized emotions like Joy (Amy Poehler), Disgust (Mindy Kaling), and Anger (Lewis Black) – the guiding forces in Riley’s consciousness, who each seem to be as much a main character in the story as Riley herself is.
The newly-released Inside Out Japanese trailer offers not just another look at the brightly colorful and imaginatively designed interior of Riley’s mind, but also a nice montage of imagery and music – one that takes viewers through several highs and lows of Riley’s experiences during her childhood. Of course, Docter’s Up famously contains the “Married Life” montage that is still generally regarded as one of Pixar Animation Studios’ greatest creative achievements on its own, so it’s not surprising that Inside Out is shaping up to boast equally sophisticated (and mature) animated cinematic storytelling.
Inside Out‘s approach to examining an individual psychologically isn’t necessarily that innovative (see the 1990s series Herman’s Head), but – as noted in our Summer 2015 Movie Preview – it’s the sort of concept that lends itself to more complex subject matter than any Pixar film has attempted to examine before. Docter’s new feature is both his and Pixar’s most ambitious venture yet, for that reason… but, of course, just because the studio is aiming for a home-run doesn’t guarantee a hit.
However, so far the signs appear to be pointing towards Inside Out being pretty strong. Case in point: the feature is debuting at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival well ahead of its theatrical bow; and the film’s co-screenwriter, Megan LeFauve, is set to continue working under the Mouse House’s umbrella in the near future, as she’s onboard to co-write Marvel Studios’ upcoming Captain Marvel movie. So clearly, Inside Out has already managed to impress someone on the studio executive level.
The Inside Out voice cast, in addition to the aforementioned names, includes Phyllis Smith (The Office), Bill Hader (Saturday Night Live), Diane Lane (Man of Steel), and Kyle MacLachlan (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.).
Inside Out Opens in U.S. theaters on June 19th, 2015.
Source: Walt Disney Studios Japan