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PREVIEW: Pixar's 'Inside Out'

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by Bill Desowitz
June 20, 2014 7:10 PM
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Pete Docter's 'Inside Out'
'Inside Out'

Thursday night at the Directors Guild, Pixar provided the same sneak peek of Pete Docter's '"nside Out" that was presented at the Annecy festival last week, except we were also treated to the first screening of the short that will play in front of it (next year to the day): the lovely Hawaiian-themed "Lava" musical directed by animator James Murphy. The two fit really well together emotionally and visually, but I believe "Inside Out" has the potential to be Pixar's most profound movie in its exploration of how the mind works metaphorically.

"Inside Out" is about the difficulty of adolescence, when sadness replaces joy. In fact, Docter explained that the inspiration came from his own daughter Elie (who provided the voice of young Ellie in "Up"). He couldn't figure out why she was so sad and had lost that wonderful sense of joy. So being an inside/out kind of artist, Docter was compelled to make a movie about this fascinating topic: a road trip inside the mind of an 11-year-old very much like his daughter named Riley, in which her five emotions act like the "Seven Dwarfs" in protecting her psyche as she grows up: Fear (Bill Hader), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Joy (Amy Poehler), Disgust (Mindy Kaling), and Anger (Lewis Black).

Docter and producer Jonas Rivera screened the first five minutes (a delightful setup still in progress) as well as the hilarious dinner table scene about the battle of wills inside the minds of a sullen Riley and her confused parents, which was shown recently at CinemaCon and last year at D23 in very rough form.

Read the rest of this story at Animation Scoop. 

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