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Published May 27, 2014
Finally, a new original concept film from Pixar! There hasn’t been one since Brave in 2012, which is far too long considering how wonderfully original and enchanting their ideas tend to be. I love sequels as much as the next guy (Toy Story 3, Andy’s all grown up *stifles cry with fist in mouth*), but there’s nothing that lights a spark quite so much as the magic of seeing something truly wonderful be pulled off for the first time. Inside Out, slated for release in 2015, has master cast going for it, as well as the fact that it’s a Pixar film, and let’s face it, our inner child is generally quite delighted by Pixar films and is willing to throw money at them. The official synopsis from Pixar follows:”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.”

Two words: Bill Hader. Pixar, and Bill Hader. It’s like they took Pixar and added a little more cowbell. We know he’s definitely got the chops for voice acting from Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, and you’ve also got fellow SNL alumnist and generally cool person Amy Poehler and half the cast of The Office (which used to be good!). As for Lewis Black as Anger, well, the guy already looks put-out all the time, so I think he’s a good fit. The plot sounds fun as well, watching a ‘tween girl deal with her turbulent emotions is certainly going to be a ride. All in all as an animation nerd I’m definitely looking forward to it, and hope to see more of a trend towards original films from Pixar in the future.

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