‘Inside Out’ Could Be Pixar’s Most Innovative Film Yet

Pixar has just unveiled the teaser for its latest movie, Inside Out. The studio had previously only given few details about the upcoming project, but now viewers are finally getting their first sneak peek — and from the looks of it, it could be Pixar’s most innovative films yet.

Inside Out takes place inside the mind of an 11-year-old girl named Riley, whose father’s new job has uprooted her and her family from their small Midwest town to the busy streets of San Francisco. Immersed in an unfamiliar city and a new school, Riley struggles to cope with her tumultuous and mixed emotions, all of which are given a face and a voice in the movie.

There’s Joy (played by Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). They all operate out of a high-tech control center in the young girl’s mind, labeled “Headquarters.” As can be seen in the brief trailer, Joy is typically the strongest presence in Riley’s mind, but now that she’s been thrust into this confusing situation, the other emotions are making themselves more known in her brain, as well.

Directed and written by Peter Docter (Monsters Inc., Up), the coming-of-age film poses a unique and forward-thinking take on the same emotions that we’ve seen explored in numerous Pixar movies in the past, several of which are highlighted at the beginning of the teaser. According to Entertainment Weekly, the director was inspired to tell the story from the perspective of the emotions after watching his own daughter transform from a “quiet pre-teen” into an outspoken and sometimes rebellious adolescent.

“[As parents] we were like, ‘Wow, that’s so unlike her, what’s going on her brain?’” Docter told EW. “And that’s what lead to the heart of the story — the question of what goes on inside our own minds.”

Docter reportedly did significant research on the science of emotional intelligence alongside actual neurologists, who helped pinpoint the best way to bring these feelings to screen. After deciding that conventional humanlike forms wouldn’t do enough to express the emotions as much as they are felt, they eventually came up with the world seen in the trailer — a place that is as imaginative and complex as you’d expect a young girl’s brain to be, but also as bright, colorful, and whimsical as what audiences have come to expect from a Pixar film.

By the time of the its release, Inside Out will mark the first film audiences have seen from Pixar for quite some time. In September, the studio pushed the release of the movie The Good Dinosaur from May 2014 to November 25, 2015. In addition to impacting the release date of the highly anticipated Finding Nemo sequel, Finding Dory, the delay also made 2014 the first in eight straight years that theaters haven’t seen a Pixar release (which typically come every summer and result in both big box office bucks and, usually, high critical acclaim). With the release of this new Inside Out trailer, the studio is reminding moviegoers what we’ve been missing all year.

Inside Out will be released on June 19, 2015, ahead of both The Good Dinosaur and Finding Dory, which is out June 2016.

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