Pixar Animation returns to the big screen this June with Inside Out, the upcoming animated feature that not only follows 11-year old Riley (Kaitlyn Dias) as she adjusts to life in a new city, but also examines what’s going on in her head along the way. The emotions within Riley’s consciousness include Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Disgust (Mindy Kaling), Fear (Bill Hader), and Anger (Lewis Black).
The Inside Out teaser served as an introduction to Riley’s emotions, while the first full-length trailer then offered moviegoers an inside peek at the interior worlds of Riley’s mom (Diane Lane) and dad (Kyle MacLachlan) – during a scene in which Riley’s reactions are being guided solely by Disgust, Fear, and Anger. We now have a third trailer that examines the movie’s narrative in greater depth; providing an explanation for why Joy (the leader of Riley’s emotions) isn’t around during the previously-teased dinner table confrontation between Riley and her parents.
Inside Out co-writer/director Peter Docter previously indicated that the film presented a real challenge because it features two central plot threads – the one within Riley’s mind and the one in the outside world – though, going by the latest trailer, the movies really has three key story threads. Namely, the buddy adventure that ensues when Joy and Sadness get separated from the other emotions (in the “control center” of Riley’s mind) and must find their way back; the odd-trio comedy involving Disgust, Fear, and Anger’s attempts to work together without Joy around to help keep them in check; and the coming of age story in the real world, as Riley gets used to life in her new home of San Francisco.
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Inside Out‘s core concept has been done before (as Herman’s Head fans will gladly tell you), but judging by the latest trailer in particular, this new Pixar movie is attempting a genuinely ambitious mix of humor, heart, and thoughtfulness – one that could stand side by side with the celebrated studio’s best work, assuming that it’s handled well. Indeed, because of that, there’s a greater chance of Inside Out falling flat on its face compared to other recent animated films (or even the last Pixar movie, Monsters University), for that same reason.
All the same, Inside Out continues to show promise – and it’s all the easier to root for Pixar to succeed with an original venture that doesn’t play it safe, at that. The same goes for the studio’s other 2015 release: the different-species buddy adventure The Good Dinosaur (which arrives in the fall); fingers crossed, both movies will turn out well and rank alongside Pixar classics like Toy Story, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, and so forth.
Inside Out opens in U.S. theaters on June 19th, 2015.