When Pixar announced Toy Story 4, it caused a bit of an uproar. Die-hard fans of the animation studio known for its originality were beginning to notice a disappointing trend: sequels. With Finding Dory, The Incredibles 2, and Cars 3 already on the docket, another Toy Story film might suggest that Pixar is running out of ideas.
But that couldn't be further from the truth. Pixar has not one but several new features slated for release over the next few years, and less than half of them are sequels. Granted, this could all change if one of the currently untitled projects were announced as some kind of sequel. Even so, the 'for every original idea, they rehash an old idea' plan isn't a terrible one, as Pixar and Walt Disney Animation president Ed Catmull has already addressed.
Besides, Pixar's next film - Inside Out, about the different emotions vying for control within the mind of a 13-year-old girl - is a wholly original film. Directed by Pete Docter (Monsters Inc., Up) and Ronnie del Carmen (story supervisor for Finding Nemo, Up) from a script by Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3) and an idea from Docter, Inside Out comes from about as rich a Pixar pedigree as you could hope for.
The teaser trailer gave us our first look at the film and its emotional spectrum, but now they're each getting proper introductions via short videos teasers and character posters. Well, at least two character have intro videos, but presumably more will follow.
Meet the cast of characters from Inside Out - Sadness, Disgust, Anger, Fear, and Joy - in the video at the top of the page, and check out the new posters below:
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Lending their voices to Inside Out's feelings are Amy Poehler (Joy), Mindy Kaling (Disgust), Phyllis Smith (Sadness), Bill Hader (Fear), and Lewis Black (Anger), and that is some impressively tailored casting. Poehler and Black most notably have public personas that embody those emotions, but in fact the whole cast is expertly chosen and, interestingly, all from a comedy background.
Sadly, those new intro videos don't offer much in the way of performances (being only a fraction longer than a GIF), but clearly these characters' clever designs are to be celebrated as well.
What do you think of what you've seen from Pixar's Inside Out so far? Which emotion are you most looking forward to seeing onscreen? Drop us a line in the comments below!
Inside Out opens in U.S. theaters on June 19th, 2015.