The official synopsis for Pixar's 2015 release Inside Out has been revealed, and it's, like, whoa:
From the tepuis of South America to a monster-filled metropolis, Academy Award®-winning director Pete Docter has taken audiences to unique and imaginative places. In 2015, he will take us to the most extraordinary location of all – inside the mind of an 11-year-old named Riley.
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.
First, let's talk about that cast. Mindy Kaling reunites with The Office's Phyllis! Amy Poehler and Bill Hader and Lewis Black! I approve of all of these humans, and they're each perfectly suited to their corresponding emotion. Who can do sadness better than Phyllis Smith? Lewis Black is a master ranter, and Amy Poehler is so good at conveying overwhelming joy:
But the most interesting thing about Inside Out is the nebulous nature of its very concept. Having once been an 11-year-girl, I can confirm that their minds are terrifying, confusing, brilliant places. I love the idea of this film, because it sounds like a really smart way to guide kids in trusting their instincts, understanding their emotions and dealing with major change in their lives.
And it's a reminder that just when we think that every story has already been told, there are new mysteries yet to explore. And nothing, NOTHING, is more mysterious than the emotional landscape of a tween girl.