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PREVIEW: Pixar's 'Inside Out'

Photo of Bill Desowitz By Bill Desowitz | Thompson on Hollywood June 20, 2014 at 7:10PM

Thursday night at the Directors Guild, Pixar provided the same sneak peek of Pete Docter's "Inside 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.
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Pete Docter's 'Inside Out'
Pete Docter's 'Inside Out'
'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. 

This article is related to: Pete Docter, Inside Out, Animation, Animation Scoop, Immersed In Movies, Pixar , Up


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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.