It’s simply astonishing how effortlessly Pete Docter is able to condense massive amounts of plot & exposition into the most accessible and comprehensive manner possible. Take a gander at the opening of Docter’s previous film Up, distilling an entire life span and romantic relationship into just ten minutes. The filmmaker’s latest Pixar venture Inside Out – set for release a year from today – (on paper) could seem almost unbearably convoluted, but in Docter’s deft hands it all becomes so very easy to follow. Set inside an adolescent girl’s mind, Inside Out focuses on the ‘emotions’ – Anger, Joy, Sadness, Fear & Disgust – that control the personality and actions of their host’s body. Think of the film sort of as the Disney version of Being John Malkovich. The genius of Docter is to mix the art-house cerebral ideas of that film (e.g. the existential quandaries of identity) with more traditional Disney sentimentality (the importance of the familial unit is front and center here).
At a special Pixar event tonight, Docter and his producing partner Jonas Rivera gave an exclusive presentation of Inside Out, including a preview of the opening five minutes of the picture. In addition, the Pixar short film Lava (which will play before Inside Out) screened to the attentive audience. For highlights from the presentation, Inside Out and Lava, hit the jump.