I have written about this film in detail before. It's quite intriguing. Treating emotions as characters who live in the mind of a young girl. Already I was sold. And it's surprising even to me that the combination of Pete Docter and a young girl protagonist is more winning than Bob Peterson, DINOSAURS, and Pixar. I was initially excited because this girl would be Pixar's second lead heroine, and we always need more of those. Being a writer who often dreams up and creates female characters of my own, it was so much fun wondering about this girl's personality, interests, and appearance.
Here's what we know about her so far:
- Her name is Riley
- She's 11 (this was revealed prior to today)
- She's blonde
- She's from Minnesota
- She loves sports, especially hockey
I had wished Riley would have been a person of color, but I'm very excited for her nonetheless. I hope that blonde hair of hers is in pigtails. Apparently, from the clip at D23, she wears a black headband. Maybe she'll have bangs! According to Pete Docter, the emotions are the real stars. And these are the ones inhabiting Riley's mind:
So these are the major players. Riley is both character and setting. She and her family are moving to San Francisco in the film. Thats also where Pixar is located. And the concept art for the different areas of her mind sound just as imaginative as the film itself. There's the Train of Thought, a movie studio type setting for dreams and nightmares, and an imagination land which resembles Disneyland.Riley's mind actually functions as a headquarters where her emotions view everything from a screen. The emotions of her parents are also featured.
From what has been shown at D23, it's safe to say people are stoked. I wish that they weren't placing undue burden on the film, however. Inside Out should be able to exist on its own without having to "restore Pixar to its former glory." People, honestly. The concept, characters, and Pete Docter should warrant enough excitement without all this negativity. I would love to see inside Pete's mind, considering his own active imagination. Monsters in closets who are afraid of children and use screams to power their city, an old man who ties balloons to his house and flies away, and emotions as characters within the mind of a little girl. I'm not at all surprised by the ambitious elements of this film. It is so tantalizing, and I'm impatient.
There's something else particularly striking. Joy and Sadness are cast out of headquarters, meaning Riley is unable to channel them. What kind of hilarity will ensue when she's only able to express fear, disgust, and anger?! And since Joy and Sadness will have to journey back, I need to point out that those are the two hallmarks of any Pixar masterpiece. They bring joy, but also illustrate sadness and grief. Pete Docter especially is fond of those emotionally taxing moments.
Inside Out has a release date for June 19th, 2015. I'm ecstatic and cannot wait. I wonder what those would look in the mind...