On the face of it, Pixar’s success hasn’t waned over the last few years. Cars 2, Brave, and Monster’s University were each handsomely profitable, and none of them were harshly torn-apart by critics.
However, for many Pixar fans, the last four years have been a barren spell for the animation studio. Before then, Toy Story 3, Up, Wall-E, and Ratatouille had each been released over a three year period, and had been met with a wide-eyed enthusiasm that even saw some movie aficionados herald Pixar as the most consistent studio in cinematic history.
But Cars 2, Brave, and Monster’s University brought this era of critical acclaim to a halt, and in the process, they helped to weaken Pixar’s reputation. In fact, this uncertainty now means that we haven’t had a Pixar movie in close to 18 months, and we are still a further seven months away from one actually making it to the big screen.
However, those of you who believe that Pixar have now been eclipsed by the likes of Disney, Dreamworks, and Warner because of Frozen, How To Train Your Dragon 2, and The Lego Movie, respectively, needn’t fear. Because the new trailer for Inside Out, which will hit cinemas on June 19, 2015, is the biggest indication yet that Pixar’s slump was only temporary.
You can check out the latest trailer for Inside Out below. Try not to be impressed. It’s impossible.
This two minute and 10 second glimpse at Inside Out suggests that Pixar has once again embraced the cinematic values and elements that were at its core during its halcyon years.
Inside Out revolves around Riley Anderson, a young girl who struggles to adjust when she moves to San Francisco because of her father’s new job. It’s a simple enough premise. But Pixar have given it a delightful spin by setting most of the film inside Riley’s head, and the film’s main characters will be her emotions; Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust, and Sadness.
The latest trailer for Inside Out proves that it won’t just be Riley’s emotions that we are privy too. We will also get to see at least her father and mother’s emotions, and maybe even a bevy of other characters’ thoughts, too.
Inside Out’s unique narrative choice — i.e. its attempt to juggle at least two plots (inside Riley’s head and her physical reaction) simultaneously — and the idiosyncratic choice of color, realistic animation, and tone is already evident from this trailer, and they appear to have meshed to an intoxicating extent.
But that’s not all. The writing of Toy Story 3’s Michael Arndt, the direction of Up’s Peter Docter, and the impeccable vocal casting of Amy Poehler, Lewis Black et al, each signal that rumors of Pixar’s demise have been greatly exaggerated.
Let’s just hope that when Inside Out is finally released on June 19, 2015, the film proves they were downright wrong too.