Pete Docter’s ‘Inside Out’ Revealed at D23; Amy Poehler, Lewis Black, and Bill Hader Among Voice Cast
Posted on Friday, August 9th, 2013 by Russ Fischer
Today at D23 John Lasseter called Up director Pete Docter‘s new film Inside Out “one of the most unique films I’ve ever been associated with – a magical, wonderful, original film.”
The concept is one, they said, that can only be done in animation. We’re inside Riley, age 11. She’s a happy, adventurous kid from Minnesota who loves hockey. But her family movies to San Francisco and everything changes. The characters are her emotions. Anger, pictured as red with a flattop, is voiced by Lewis Black. Mindy Kaling is Disgust, teen and green. Bill Hader is fear, purple and puzzled, in a black and white checkered shirt. Phyllis Smith is Sadness, blue and wearing glasses.
And the most important character is Joy, voiced by Amy Poehler, in a yellow dress, with short blue hair. We have more story info below.
Footage shown and described let us know about the “headquarters” of the film — Riley’s consciousness, seen as a screen, with memories storied on racks. Joy is at the controls. If she likes a moment, they store it on a shelf, and it can be replayed like a DVD. But tensions are escalating in headquarters. Joy and Sadness are thrown out of the mind and into places people have thought about but never seen.
One space, Long-Term Memory, looks like a huge room. There are Imaginationland, Abstract Thought, and Dream Production (looks like a movie lot), all connected by the Train of Thought. Headquarters is left with Anger, Fear and Disgust in charge. Things are hard for Riley.
In one clip, the girl’s family is talking. We see Riley, and the three emotions are in control of her mind.
The scene takes place in four spaces – the real world, and in the heads of the mother, father and daughter. Mom’s emotions are very sweet; Riley’s are angsty (Disgust pretends to be Joy); and Dad’s are bored. When we first see Dad’s emotions, they arent paying attention to the situation. They’re watching hockey. But as the situation escalates at the dinner table they begin to get more and more agitated. Things in his head get raised to Defcon 2, then, they decide to “bring down the foot” which they treat like the release of a nuclear bomb.
It’s like the emotions are a greek chorus for everything going on as the footage goes between the human characters and the personified emotions controlling them.
From director Pete Docter (“Up,” “Monsters, Inc.”) and producer Jonas Rivera (“Up”), Disney•Pixar’s “Inside Out” takes you to a place that everyone knows, but no one has ever seen: the world inside the human mind. Riley, an 11-year-old girl who recently moved with her family to San Francisco, is not the main character but the setting for the film. Moviegoers will go inside her mind to explore how memories are formed and how a mixture of five emotions—Joy, Disgust, Anger, Fear and Sadness—defines life experiences. In theaters June 19, 2015.