Pixar reveals more details about mind-bending upcoming film 'Inside Out'

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Until now, Pixar has been tight-lipped about its upcoming film, which takes place entirely inside an 11-year-old girl’s brain. But at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival in France yesterday, Variety reports that Inside Out director Pete Docter both showed the opening of the film and outlined his vision for the whole movie.

“It’s based on a strong emotional experience I had watching my daughter grow up,” said the Up director — who, per Variety, noted that much of his daughter’s childhood joy disappeared when she turned 12. “There is something that is lost when you grow up — and the film became a way to explore that change on an emotional level.”

Though the film takes place inside of 11-year-old Riley’s mind, Docter explained Riley isn’t its main character — she’s “the setting.” The entire movie unfolds within Riley’s subconscious, where a crew of anthropomorphized emotions use a control panel to manage how the girl feels at any given moment. Those emotions: Fear (Bill Hader), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Joy (Amy Poehler), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Anger (Lewis Black). More details:

“These distinct color-coded characters help Riley to process new experiences and to make memories, which are constantly being recorded within brightly colored orbs that look something like those translucent bath-bubble balls (filed away nightly and then erased in long-term storage by “Forgetters” with a vaguely Minions-like vibe). The inventive opening scene extends from the moment of Riley’s birth and the creation of her first memory to the introduction of its five main characters, ending with an encounter between Joy and Sadness where the former can’t seem to figure out Sadness’ role in the operation.

Once the clip ended, Docter explained that Riley and her parents relocate from a quiet rural home to San Francisco at a particularly impressionable age, resulting in a new-school trauma that forces Joy and Sadness out of the control panel and into the far, unfamiliar reaches of her mind.”

Read Variety’s full report — which includes thoughts on how this film might revolutionize how people view the mind —  here.

Inside Out will be released June 19, 2015.

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