Animated movies have, in my opinion, dominated and surpassed live action cinema over the past decade and then some. Pixar are undoubtedly responsible for bringing the beautifully crafted genre, pioneered and ruled by Disney during the 90s, into the now with computer generated animation.
Inside Out, Pixar’s next venture may be their best in a long while. They’ve been consistent with their quality but originality is somewhat stunted with the reliance on sequels and franchises which, let’s face it, starts to get old. With their partnership with Disney producing some OK films, Dreamworks and Universal have closed in on the market, producing some top quality films like the brilliant How to Train Your Dragon, Kung Fu Panda and Despicable Me franchise, respectively.*
So I’m happy that there’s not another Toy Story in the complacent mill that Pixar has kept on auto while they adjust to Disney (and yes, I respect that these films are usually long in the tooth before they even come to press release stages – years in development and production).
Gahhh the teaser music is beautiful!
Cleverly using clips from the Pixar slate to remind us how AMAZING they are (which they are), and just how they have helped to conjure said emotions from all their films, Inside Out is a sort of origins story – focusing on the little creatures of emotions that live in our head and their quest to help a little girl:
U.S. Release Date: June 19, 2015
From the tepuis of South America to a monster-filled metropolis, Academy Award®-winning director Pete Docter has taken audiences to unique and imaginative places. In 2015, he will take us to the most extraordinary location of all – inside the mind of an 11-year-old named Riley.
Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it’s no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley’s main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city,
house and school.
Featuring the voices of some brilliant comedy talent including Mindy Kaling, Amy Poehler, Bill Hader it’s a great concept that looks set to do everything Pixar is good at doing – feeling a burst of collective emotions scene after scene – and the teaser has been successful in reminding us why we love Pixar above the rest.
Michael Giacchino is also scoring… so yeah. SOLD.
*Disney’s solo project, Frozen was just OK – I just don’t get why the world is so crazy over it.