Pixar Offers More About Inside Out

Pete Docter will be offering a sneak peek of Inside Out (June 19, 2015) at Annecy next month, but in the meantime we have a more detailed plot synopsis.

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.

As Ed Catmull described in his new book, Creativity, Inc. (Random House), the Braintrust was particularly helpful in ascertaining a larger theme for this ambitious story about how memories function as a maze of chutes. Andrew Stanton emphasized the theme of growing up and the inevitability of change, and Brad Bird added that the “conundrum is how to become mature and become reliable while at the same time preserving your childlike wonder.”


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