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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 »

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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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Finding Dory

This weekend at the D23 Expo, Disney released a bunch of new images and concept art images for upcoming Disney Animation and Pixar film productions including: the Finding Nemo sequel Finding Dory, the Planes sequel Planes: Fire & Rescue, the Toy Story television Special Toy Story of Terror, two original projects from Pixar: Inside Out and The Good Dinosaur, Walt Disney Animation’s Marvel comic book adaptation Big Hero 6, Frozen, the Disney Toons Tinkerbell spin-off/Captain Hook prequel The Pirate Fairy, and the Mickey Mouse short film Get A Horse! We’ve posted some of these images and photos in news stories from the convention, but they are all collected together in an image gallery after the jump.
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THE GOOD DINOSAUR
Yesterday at the D23 Expo, Disney held a huge panel presenting information and footage from the company’s next few years of animated film projects. You can read about most of the news breaks elsewhere on the site. After the presentation, I got together with Germain Lussier to record a video blog giving our reactions to the main footage presentations: Disney Animation’s Big Hero 6, Pixar’s Inside Out and The Good Dinosaur. Watch that video blog embedded after the jump.

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INSIDE OUT

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 BlackMindy 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. Read More »

inside-out-concept

All this talk about the stacked summer of 2015 largely forgets one big movie: Pixar’s Inside Out. That’s the latest film from the Oscar-winning director of Monsters Inc. and Up, Pete Docter, which takes place inside the mind of an 11-year-old girl. Up until now, that’s pretty much all we knew about the film, but in a new interview, the director revealed that it works off multiple story lines and features some very unique looking characters. Read More »

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