Director Pete Docter has released more details about the upcoming Pixar film Inside Out, speaking about the movie in a presentation at the Annency International Animation Film Festival in France on Wednesday, according to a report by Variety.
Pixar released some details about the movie last month, but Docter’s presentation gave an in-depth look into what Variety has called “the most high-concept project Pixar has ever undertaken.”
Inside Out will focus on the inner workings of the mind of Riley Anderson, a 12-year-old girl dealing with an abrupt move from the Midwest to San Francisco after her father gets a new job. Riley is “one of those kids that seems like she was born happy,” Docter said. The complicated feelings Riley deals with will be explored through an inside look into Riley’s mind, which is like a ship piloted by a large crew to manage her thoughts and feelings. Riley’s emotions will be personified featuring a stellar comedic voice cast that includes Amy Poehler, Lewis Black, and Mindy Kaling.
“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 to best navigate a new city, house, and school,” Pixar said of the movie.
Docter — who won an Academy Award for his previous Pixar film, Up — said that he was inspired to make the movie by watching changes in his own daughter mature. “It’s based on a strong emotional experience I had watching my daughter grow up,” Docter told the audience. He said that when she turned 12, he saw that much of the joy she had as a child disappeared, which gave him the idea to explore what had occurred to cause that change on an emotional level by creating the metaphor of a control center of the mind run by anthropomorphized emotions.