Nothing will stop me from seeing a new Pixar movie, but I can’t help but to think that Inside Out could go one way or the other. Getting a peek inside the mind of an 11-year-old and bringing her emotions to life is a unique, interesting idea, but can it sustain an entire feature? Thus far, the trailers have done a solid job introducing us to Fear (Bill Hader), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Joy (Amy Poehler), but this latest one is the first to delve into the plot of the film.
I’m not entirely convinced that Joy and Sadness’ mission to return to headquarters will be a home run scenario, but the characters and core concept have all the promise in the world, so I’m still hopeful that the full feature will go well beyond these promos and strike a deeper chord. Check out the Inside Out trailer for yourself below. The film opens in 3D on June 19th, and also features Diane Lane and Kyle MacLachlan as the voices of Riley’s parents.
Here’s the official synopsis for Inside Out:
From the tepuis of South America to a monster-filled metropolis, Academy Award®-winning director Pete Docter has taken audiences to unique and imaginative places. In 2015, he will take us to the most extraordinary location of all – inside the mind of an 11-year-old named Riley.
Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it’s no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley’s main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.