June 26, 2014

Post 136: "Inside Out" In Less Than a Year!

Pixar Inside Out Movie LogoHi everyone! Well, "Inside Out" might not have a teaser yet but we are slowly getting info on Pixar's 15th motion picture. Here are some more news on the project!

WARNING: MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Pixar has also released their official press release for Inside Out (though most of this information was revealed earlier on their official website). With the press release, also came confirmation that the official Inside Out logo will in fact be the updated version seen last week at the Annecy International Film Festival (be sure to check out our wrap up post of the festival for more details on the film).
Pete Docter getting excited for the release of his film
in one year (June 19, 2015) -
Courtesy Disney•Pixar

Inside Out press release details:
From an adventurous balloon ride above the clouds to a monster-filled metropolis, Academy Award®-winning director Pete Docter (“Monsters, Inc.,” “Up”) has taken audiences to unique and imaginative places. In Disney•Pixar’s original movie “ Inside Out,” he will take us to the most extraordinary location of all—inside the mind. 
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. 
— Director Pete Docter is the Academy Award®-winning director of “Up.” He made his directorial debut with Disney•Pixar‘s smash hit “Monsters, Inc.,” which was nominated for an Academy Award for best animated feature film. Along with John Lasseter and Andrew Stanton, Docter developed the story and characters for “Toy Story,” Pixar‘s first full-length feature film, for which he also served as supervising animator. He served as a storyboard artist on “A Bug’s Life” and wrote the initial story treatment for “Toy Story 2.” As one of Pixar Animation Studios’ key creative contributors, Docter garnered an Academy Award nomination for his original story credit on Disney•Pixar’s Golden Globe®- and Oscar®-winning “WALL•E.” 
— Jonas Rivera produced the Academy Award®-winning “Up,” for which he was nominated for best picture. Prior to “Up,” he had worked on nearly every Pixar film since joining Pixar Animation Studios in 1994, beginning with “Toy Story” for which he served as production office assistant. His subsequent credits include “A Bug’s Life” (as art department coordinator), “Toy Story 2” (as a marketing and creative resources coordinator), “Monsters, Inc.” (as art department manager) and the Golden Globe®-winning “Cars” (as production manager).
 
An additional piece of concept artwork has shown up online as part of a D23 article highlighting the release of the the news. 
The concept art below shows how Riley’s emotions guide her. You can see Joy operating a control panel that accesses Riley’s memories and real-time interactions throughout her day. It’s called Head-quarters. The film will switch back and forth from the “inside” perspective of her emotions and what it looks like when Riley acts them “out.” The juxtaposition of this is hilarious and heartwarming.

 Empire was one of the media sites in attendance who discussed the special preview of Inside Out as well as the screening of Lava yesterday in Los Angeles. Below is an excerpt from their review - the comments from Docter about channeling Tex Avery has us extremely excited and intrigued.
With the movie now a year away (which Rivera joked would skip by in a minute because animated film schedules go by like dog years), the animation is roughly 50 per cent complete, but already looks very different to other Pixar films. Docter said that he’d pushed the various teams to channel classic Tex Avery and other ‘toons to employ more of a colourfully cartoonish environment than previous work. The result, even in its rough stage, is a fascinating, funky, funny guess at what the mind might look like, or as Docter put it, “an Apple store crossed with It’s A Small World…”
An additional description of the discussion with Pete Docter and Jonas Rivera from the Actor's Guild of America event last night, was posted on Coming Soon. The article highlights some amazing new details regarding Inside Out. It discusses in more detail the clip that was also shown at the Annecy Festival last week and contains some spoilers, but it's so fascinating and really gets us even more excited for the story's plot. Thanks for the heads up on this article, Dan.
 A new article from Animation Scoop, also mentions some additional details on Inside Out (spoiler) and notes that -
In terms of the unique character design of the five emotions, Docter and his team came up with forms of energy comprised of particle simulations on top of self-illuminating screens. These are as squashy and stretchy as you will ever see at Pixar, and they even leave wisps of particle trails. And I understand that Poehler's Joy (who reminds me of Tink) is the star of the movie and proved the most challenging to develop and animate.
Are you excited for the movie to be released? See you soon!

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