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The summer 2014 movie season is only a few weeks behind us, but Pixar has offered us one big reason to look forward to the 2015 movie season. The revered animation studio has just revealed the first trailer for Inside Out, Pete Docter‘s fanciful exploration into the mind of an 11-year-old girl.

Like all people, this kid is guided by her emotions. But unlike most normal, real-life folk, hers are personified by colorful figures voiced by Amy Poehler (Joy), Bill Hader (Fear), Lewis Black (Anger), Mindy Kaling (Disgust), and Phyllis Smith (Sadness). Watch the Inside Out trailer after the jump.

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Lava

Next Summer, when you finally sit down to see a new Pixar movie, you’ll first see Lava. It’s the company’s latest short film, directed by James Ford Murphy, which will play before Pete Docter’s Inside Out starting on June 19, 2015. The short stars a massive Hawaiian volcano named Uku who sits in the ocean, century after century, singing about his desire for love. Or, as he calls it, “Lava.”

The entire short is told through song. Below, you can finally get a glimpse at the short and listen to the beautiful song. Watch a clip from Pixar’s Lava below. Read More »

Inside Out

We’ve already seen the colorful emotions that populate the mind of an 11-year-old girl in Pixar’s Inside Out. Today, we finally have a peek at the girl herself.

Disney has unveiled the first look at Inside Out‘s Riley, within whose mind Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling), and Fear (Bill Hader) battle for control. Get a glimpse at Inside Out Riley after the jump.

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Pixar works on their films for years; most releases are developed for a good five years. Almost every film they’ve developed has had problems at one point of another. Some, like Ratatouille and Toy Story, were completely reworked when Pixar realized the story wasn’t working. The film newt was announced in 2008 at a Disney presentation, and canceled only two years later, making it the first announced Pixar movie to be canceled. Now we learn how the death of one story gave birth to another.

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In life, we all strive to be happy. Other emotions pop up to take control of our consciousness when happiness isn’t available. So it makes sense that Joy is the main character of Pixar’s June 2015 release Inside Out. Directed by Pete Docter (Monsters Inc., Up), the film takes place in the mind of a young girl named Riley Anderson, and dramatizes the way her five primary emotions – Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear and Disgust – help inform who she is as a person. After a very happy childhood in the suburbs, Riley and her family move to San Francisco. There, Joy and Sadness get lost in deep in Riley’s mind. As that pair explores the mind, Anger, Fear and Disgust try keep Riley on track, but they can’t.

At the Director’s Guild in Hollywood, CA Docter, and producer Jonas Rivera, presented the first five minutes of Inside Out, an additional scene, and tons of other details. With one year remaining until release, the film had just completed 50% of its animation. So there’s still plenty of work to be done. But it was very obvious, even at this very early stage, that Docter’s latest film is on track to be something very special.

Below, watch a video blog discussing the evening and learn a bit more about the plot, characters and locations of Inside Out. Read More »

Lava short film

In keeping with tradition, Pixar’s Inside Out will be preceded by an animated short at the theater. This week, Pixar offered a little more detail about what that short film would be.

The first poster and details for Lava, a musical short directed by Pixar’s head of animation James Ford Murphy, have just hit the web. Get those, plus a high-res look at Inside Out‘s new logo, after the jump.

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Finding Dory co-director

Pixar set Finding Nemo director Andrew Stanton to helm the sequel Finding Dory some time ago. Now, as the project chugs along, Stanton is getting a little extra help. Veteran Pixarian Angus MacLane (Toy Story of Terror) has been set as the Finding Dory co-director, as revealed by Stanton himself.

Meanwhile, Pete Docter has dished out some fresh details on the next Pixar release, Inside Out, along with some new art and a logo. Read all about Inside Out and Finding Dory after the jump.

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INSIDE OUT synopsis

2014 is the first year to go by without a Pixar film since 2005. But the beloved animation studio will make up for it next year with two releases. Today, we have new story details on the first of them, Pete Docter‘s Inside Out.

The film centers on the five emotions competing for control within the mind of a young girl. Amy Poehler voices Joy, Bill Hader is Fear, Lewis Black plays Anger, Mindy Kaling is Disgust, and Phyllis Smith rounds out the cast as Sadness. The new Inside Out synopsis reveals a bit more about the conflict that unfolds between them. Read it after the jump.

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