Pixar films are always some of the most highly anticipated. Their 15th upcoming feature animation is no exception.
Last month the company released a small synopsis for their upcoming project. We learned that the film would be called Inside Out and is being directed by Pete Docter, who was at the helm of Up (2009) and Monsters, Inc. (2001). Toy Story (1995), Toy Story 2 (1999) and WALL-E (2008) were also penned by Docter. It’s safe to say Inside Out is in good hands and, according to the following, this may even be his best film yet.
Variety reported on the presentation given by Pete Docter at the Annecy International Film Festival in Southern France. It was an extraordinary in-depth talk about the core concept of Inside Out. Docter spoke for one hour to a room of animation professionals and fans. During that time he screened the first five minutes of the movie, some of which was still in pencil. He explained, “It’s based on a strong emotional experience I had watching my daughter grow up. There is something that is lost when you grow up.”
The entire film will take place inside the head of 11-year-old Riley Anderson; where the anthropomorphized emotions of Fear (Bill Hader), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Joy (Amy Poehler), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Anger (Lewis Black) all reside. Together they operate Riley’s subconscious from a control panel. Docter explained, “In truth, Riley is not our main character; she is our setting.”
The story explores how Riley has moved to San Francisco from a small, rural town. Fear, Sadness, Joy, Disgust and Anger are constantly helping Riley process her experiences both past and present. They record her memories in coloured orbs that are organised and filed away each night. The animation will take us to exciting places such as the Train of Thought, Abstract Thought and Imagination Land, which is described as “a giant amusement park full of everything Riley has ever daydreamed about.”
The film already appears to have had a profound impact on some young minds. “One family came and watched the movie,” Docter recalled, “The son had always had trouble going off the diving board, and that day, he dove off, and he said, ‘I just felt like Fear was driving, and I needed to make him step aside.”
Pete Docter also spoke of the personal revelations he had while making the film. He told his audience at Annecy, “I thought I was making a film about my daughter, but the truth is, I’m more making a film about myself in relation to my daughter and understanding that. The film is told from a parent’s point of view, and being a parent, I just sort of slipped into that, I guess. It’s definitely made me think again about the way I grew up, my adolescence, and even on a day-to-day basis what I’m doing and why.”
It seems this film will be another Pixar outing suited to children and parents alike. By the sounds of it, Inside Out is going to be magical.