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Here Is Why Pixar's 'Inside Out' Might Be Its Best Movie Yet

06/11/2014 01:58 pm ET | Updated Jun 11, 2014
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The plot for Pixar's "Inside Out" has been kept mostly under wraps for the past few months. Until now.

Director Pete Docter presented some unfinished footage and a synopsis for the film at the Annecy International Animation Festival. As Variety notes, "Inside Out" takes place inside the mind of an 11-year-old girl, Riley Anderson. Personified emotions, Anger (Lewis Black), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader) and Disgust (Mindy Kaling), will run her brain "like the starship Enterprise."

Here's what we now know about "Inside Out," which is due out June 19, 2015, when it will then become our favorite movie:

  • Riley is really just a proxy by which we'll meet the emotions, in the same way Andy is just a way for us to meet Woody and the gang in "Toy Story."
  • Pixar's signature Luxo Jr. ball will obviously make an appearance. In the five minutes shown at the festival, viewers noted that they spotted the company's tell.
  • Psychologists were actually consulted for this film, since it mostly takes place inside the mind. Per Variety, all of Riley's memories are stored in orbs that are the color of their corresponding emotions. Each evening the memory orbs turn into Riley's personality. This is basically how it happens in real life.
  • "Inside Out" is loosely based on Docter's daughter, Elie, and how her emotions changed during her pre-teen years. “I thought I was making a film about my daughter, but the truth is, I’m more making a film about myself in relation to my daughter and understanding that," he said at the panel. "The film is told from a parent’s point of view, and being a parent, I just sort of slipped into that, I guess."
  • The opening scene will mimic the first few minutes of "Up," which Docter also directed, in that we'll see one of Riley's earliest memories and the trauma of moving from a small town to San Francisco. Bring tissues, we guess.

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