INSIDE OUT Will also Travel into the Minds of Riley’s Parents; Will Be Voiced by Diane Lane and Kyle MacLachlan

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Pixar’s Inside Out is getting a couple new voices in its head.  The upcoming movie centers on the anthropomorphized emotions—Fear (Bill Hader), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Joy (Amy Poehler), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Anger (Lewis Black)—of 11-year-old girl Riley Anderson (Kaitlyn Dias), who must navigate a new school and new friends when her family moves to San Francisco.  When Joy gets fed up with Sadness, the two are catapulted to the recesses of Riley’s mind, and must find their way back as the young girl goes into emotional disarray.

But the emotional voices aren’t the only ones Riley will have to deal with.  Pixar has announced that Diane Lane and Kyle MacLachlan will be providing the voices of Riley’s parents, and moreover, we’ll also be going inside their minds as well.  Hit the jump for more.  Inside Out opens in 3D on June 19, 2015, and a new trailer debuts on Wednesday.

INSIDE OUT Trailer: Pixar’s Latest Brings a Young Girl’s Emotions to Life

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We’re without a Pixar film this year for the first time in eight years, but based on this very first teaser trailer, it looks as though Inside Out might be worth the wait.  Showing off footage from previous acclaimed feels could feel like a copout, but in this case, not only does it serve as a highly effective reminder of how much Pixar’s films have moved viewers, but the material also directly relates to the core concept of Inside Out.

The film features the voices of Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Lewis Black, Mindy Kaling and Phyllis Smith as the emotions Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness respectively.  The promo merely introduces them and doesn’t tap into how they’ll help young Riley adjust to her new life in San Francisco, but the characters are novel and charming enough to suggest that this one could be a standout.  Hit the jump to check out the Inside Out trailer for yourself.  The film is scheduled to hit theaters on June 19, 2015.

New INSIDE OUT Details: Traveling through Imagination, Nightmares, Abstract Thought, and More

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Pixar’s Inside Out could be the most exciting film the studio has done since Up.  Coincidentally, Up‘s director Pete Docter is also the man behind Inside Out, which takes place in the mind of an 11-year-old girl named Riley Anderson.  As we previously reported, the story focuses on Riley’s anthropomorphized emotions—Fear (Bill Hader), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Joy (Amy Poehler), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Anger (Lewis Black).  These characters “manage how the girl feels at any given moment from a control panel that looks something like the flight deck of the Starship Enterprise,” according to Variety.  When Riley relocates to a new town and a new school, it ends up forcing Joy and Sadness “out of the control panel and into the far, unfamiliar reaches of her mind.”

Hit the jump for more.  Inside Out opens June 19, 2015.

UP Composer Michael Giacchino to Score Pixar’s INSIDE OUT

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Though composer Michael Giacchino has recently been delving into big studio tentpoles like Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol and the upcoming Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Jurassic World, he hasn’t turned his back on the studio where he won his Oscar.  During a recent pre-concert Q&A, Giacchino confirmed that he will be reuniting with Up director Pete Docter to score Pixar’s Inside Out, which takes place inside a young girl’s mind and revolves around anthropomorphized versions of her emotions.  This will be Giacchino’s fifth feature film with Pixar, having previously scored UpRatatoullie, The Incredibles, and Cars 2 in addition to a number of short films—most recently Toy Story of Terror!.

Hit the jump to see what Giacchino had to say and for more on his upcoming slate.

Pixar President Ed Catmull Details the Braintrust Process with Examples from INSIDE OUT and TOY STORY 3

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Say what you will about some of the studio’s recent output, but Pixar’s operating process has remained steadfastly left-of-center since it broke out big with Toy Story in 1995.  Many expected the studio to move to Los Angeles or take on a more traditional method of production following its immense success, but Pixar maintains its central headquarters in Emeryville, California and sticks to its central, creativity-inspiring work philosophies.  One of the most curious aspects of the studio is the Pixar Braintrust, a group of Pixar creatives that weighs in on all of the studio’s features on a regular basis with a brutal honesty.

In an excerpt from his upcoming book Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration, Pixar President Ed Catmull offers a detailed, behind-the-scenes look at the Braintrust process, offering extensive examples from Toy Story 3 and director Pete Docter’s new film Inside Out.  Read some of Catmull’s insights after the jump.

Bill Hader on Doing a Voice for STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS, Voicing a Few Roles for PIXAR, SNL, SOUTH PARK, Future Projects, and More at D23

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Did you know Bill Hader did a voice in J.J. AbramsStar Trek Into Darkness?  And did you know he recorded it just a short time before the film was released?  While I’d heard about it through a friend of mine, I’d never heard the real story from Hader himself.  So when I got to speak to him backstage at D23 earlier today, I made sure to ask him about it.  In addition, he talked about how taking a personal tour of Pixar led to him landing roles in some of their upcoming films, the upcoming season of South Park, SNL, plus future film projects, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

First Look at the Concept Art from Pixar’s THE GOOD DINOSAUR, INSIDE OUT, and Untitled Dia De Los Muertos Film

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Pixar recently sent out a holiday card, and the card contains the concept art for the studios 2013 – 2016 slate of pictures.  The card includes previously released concept art for Monsters University as well as a first look at The Good Dinosaur, the Untitled Movie That Takes You Inside the Mind (now titled Inside Out), and the Untitled Dia de los Muertos movie.  There’s nothing too revealing about any of this concept art, but it’s still nice to have a glimpse at three Pixar films that aren’t sequels or prequels.

Hit the jump to check out the concept art along with loglines for the films.  The Good Dinosaur opens May 30, 2014.  The Untitled Movie That Takes You Inside the Mind opens June 19, 2015.  The Untitled Dia de los Muertos movie opens in 2016.

First Trailer for MONSTERS INC. 3D

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The first trailer for Monsters Inc. 3D has been released.  Since the smashing success of the 3D re-release of The Lion King, Disney has committed to bringing a number of the studio’s classics back to theaters in the 3D format.  Pixar’s bounty of films is a natural fit, and in addition to Finding Nemo 3D later this month we’ll see the return of the loveable duo of Mike and Sully from Monsters. Inc this December.  The Pete Docter-directed comedy ranks high on my personal list of Pixar favorites so I’m jazzed to see it on the big screen once again.  Moreover, the engagement will act as a nice refresher before the release of Pixar’s prequel, Monsters University, next summer.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  Monsters Inc. 3D opens on December 19th.

Pixar Announces Animated Picture Based on Dia de los Muertos for 2015 with TOY STORY 3 Director Lee Unkrich Attached; More Release Dates Announced

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At CinemaCon today, Disney/Pixar chief creative officer, John Lasseter, announced a few of the animated projects in the studio’s pipeline. Here they are at a glance:

  • An animated project based on the Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos (as of yet untitled) is slated for a 2015 release.  Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich is reportedly attached to direct with Darla Anderson producing. If Pixar decides to keep the decidedly dark-sounding title, perhaps it will be the studio’s first foray into something a bit more sinister. (And if Unkrich is involved, there are sure to be some references to The Shining.)
  • The upcoming project directed by Bob Peterson is now called The Good Dinosaur; the picture is scheduled for a May 30th, 2014 release.
  • The untitled feature directed by Pete Docter that will take a trip into the human mind has been pushed back until June 19th, 2015.

Hit the jump for more from Pixar.

Pete Docter’s Next Pixar Film Goes Inside a Girl’s Mind to Explore Her Emotions

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Back in August, we reported that Up and Monsters, Inc. director Pete Docter had Pixar’s strangest and possibly most ambitious movie lined-up.  The film’s logline claims Docter “will take you to a place that everyone knows, but no one has ever seen: the world inside the human mind.”  In an interview with Charlie Rose last night [via The Pixar Times], Pixar head John Lasseter revealed that the human mind belongs to a girl.  Said Lasseter, the “new film that takes place inside of a girl’s mind and it is about her emotions as characters, and that is unlike anything you’ve ever seen.”  Lasseter didn’t comment on whether the girl was a child or an adolescent.  Either way, it will be the second Pixar movie featuring a female protagonist (next summer’s Brave will be the first).

I’m even more excited for Docter’s film than I was before, but it’s still a ways off.  The untitled picture isn’t due out until May 14, 2014.  In the interim, we’ll see the Monsters, Inc. prequel Monsters University on June 21, 2013 and an untitled film about dinosaurs from Up co-director/writer Bob Peterson on November 27, 2013.

Lots of Info on Upcoming Pixar Films; Bob Peterson Taking on Dinosaurs, Pete Docter’s Film Set Inside the Mind and Possibly Scripted by Michael Arndt

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Earlier today, we reported that Pixar had announced the release dates and directors of their upcoming films through 2014. This featured the triumphant return of Up and Monsters Inc. director Pete Docter and Up co-director Bob Peterson’s first feature flying solo. We now have more information on the original two flicks thanks to the Pixar presentation at Disney’s D23 Expo this afternoon.

Peterson’s film will be a contemporary-set pic featuring dinosaurs. The premise assumes that the storied asteroid missed Earth all those millions of years ago, and dinosaurs are now a part of everyday life. Docter’s film is a bit more cerebral, as it takes place “within the mind.” Hit the jump for more information, including the official loglines of each and the possibility of Toy Story 3 scribe Michael Arndt working on Docter’s pic.

Pixar Planning Movies from Bob Peterson and John Walker in 2013, Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera in 2014

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Disney has spent the summer staking out release dates in the distant future, though details are scare on what they’re planning.  Today, we know more than we did yesterday.  Steve is at D23 right now, and saw a sheet with the men in charge of four upcoming Pixar movies.  Up co-director Bob Peterson and The Incredibles producer John Walker are listed for 2013 projects.  Up director Pete Docter and Up producer Jonas Rivera get their shot in 2014.

Still not much to go on, but the pieces are coming together. Monsters University is scheduled for June 23, 2013, directed by Dan Scanlon.  Pixar has a claim on November 27, 2013 as well, which will presumably either go to Peterson or Walker.  Is it possible Pixar will release three movies in 2013?  Either Docter or Rivera will premiere his movie on May 30, 2014—a Thanksgiving 2014 release for the other project seems likely.  We will update when the news is official (and clearer).  Hopefully, we can also update with names of the untitled Marvel films, if Disney is feeling generous.

MONSTERS, INC. 2 to Be a Prequel?

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File this one in the rumor pile for now, but the upcoming sequel to Pixar’s Monsters, Inc. might actually be a prequel.  Disney Central Plaza [via Stitch Kingdom] is reporting that a Disney film catalog has a brief plot synopsis for the film.  According to the catalog, Monsters, Inc. 2,

“will take us back to before a time when Mike Wazowski was top comedian, before James P. Sullivan was top scarer, even before the buddies joined the MI workforce. In fact it takes us all the way back to school — the University of Fear to be precise.  Although the two start out as frenemies, Monsters, Inc. 2 will weave the tale of how the dynamic duo transition from rivals to BFFs.”

That’s an interesting premise, although it should be noted that the plots of Pixar’s films have a tendency to change and evolve over the course of development.  Monsters, Inc. 2 (tentative title) is set for release on November 2, 2012.  Pete Docter will return to direct.

A Note from UP Director Pete Docter Says Pixar Films “Don’t Get Finished, They Just Get Released”

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I have never actually written a fan letter — I instead live vicariously through the correspondence of filmmakers I admire and their anonymous enthusiasts.  In October 2008, Pete Docter was best known as the director of Pixar’s 2001 effort Monsters Inc. and was hard at work on the soon-to-be Oscar-winner Up, but made time to scrawl a handwritten note in response to a fan.

Letters from animators are always the best, because they include little cartoons in the margins.  Docter’s note is no exception, in which he doodles himself alongside Monsters Inc. characters Mike, Sully, and Boo.  Check out the letter, including scans of the original, after the jump.

TOY STORY and TOY STORY 2 Blu-ray Reviews

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It was less than fifteen years ago that Toy Story debuted for the Holiday season of 1995. At the time Disney was taking a chance with an entirely computer animated film, especially after their amazing resurgence and recent run of cel animated films – they were only a year off of The Lion King. Now, Pixar essentially runs Disney animation and cel animation is the experiment – completely out of fashion in part due to Disney ruining the brand name (and to some extent DreamWorks making equally mediocre films). But you can’t blame Pixar for being good, and it was the wild success of the Toy Story films that helped cement their legacy. They tell the story of Woody (Tom Hanks), a cowboy doll who is ousted from his position as the sole favorite toy by Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen), and how the two go on an adventure in the real world. The sequel has the duo facing a toy kidnapper (Wayne Knight), who wants to send Woody to Japan with the toy line he originally came from while Woody confronts his own mortality. My review of Toy Story and Toy Story 2 on Blu-ray after the jump.

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