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Pixar Reveals New Plot Details for Upcoming 'Inside Out'

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood May 27, 2014 at 11:53AM

Pixar celebrated Memorial Day by revealing new details on their website about their upcoming film, "Inside Out."
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'Inside Out'
'Inside Out'

Pixar celebrated Memorial Day by revealing new details on their website about their upcoming film, "Inside Out."

Here's what we know so far: The film's five main characters will each be emotions. Fear will be voiced by Bill Hader, Anger by Lewis Black, Joy by Amy Poehler, Disgust by Mindy Kaling and Sadness by Phyllis Smith. The idea is that these characters "control" the mind of a young girl, Riley, guiding her through everyday life:

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.

Though a number of these emotions are negative -- as befits the mind state of a young person faced with a big move -- the comedian-centric cast indicates there should be plenty of laughs.

Director Pete Docter (who penned "Toy Story" and nabbed an Oscar for "Up") is at the helm. "Inside Out" is slated for a June 19, 2015 release. It will be the first of two Pixar films to land next year: "The Good Dinosaur" will arrive on November 25. 

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.