It's been far too long since we last got to see a Pixar movie on the big screen, but that's about to change. We're now less than a month away from the release of Inside Out, the new film from director Pete Docter that might just be the most conceptually ambitious thing the studio's given us yet, and that's really saying something.
In case you haven't been keeping track, the film is about Riley, a young girl who's just moved with her family to San Francisco, where her father just got a new job. Except the film's only kind of about Riley. It's really about Riley's emotions, personifications of the various feelings that live in her mind, controlling everything from Headquarters. Because Riley's life is changing very dramatically, her emotions are dealing with a bit of turmoil, and they're as uncertain about how to adjust as she is, even her most important emotion: Joy (Amy Poehler).
As we get closer to the film's release, Pixar's revealing more about how Riley's mind works, and we can see that it's much more complicated than just a small group of emotions governing things. In a new clip, Joy explains how Riley's memories work, and even how various aspects of her personality are manifested inside the physical structure that the Pixar team has created to represent her mind.
Even beyond just wanting to see how the story of Inside Out unfolds, I'm absolutely fascinated by the way all of this is imagined. Pixar has a habit of making movies that feel very, very fully realized even beyond the basic plot. The world-building is always stellar, and this film looks no different, even though most of takes place inside a head.
Inside Out hits theaters June 19.