Have you seen the completely adorable trailer for Disney Pixar’s upcoming new release, Inside Out? The newest Pixar film pairs an amazing voice cast with a completely brilliant concept: figuring out what going on in everyone’s head! (Frankly, this film makes me want to go into the writers’ room at Pixar to see what’s happen in their heads!)
The trailer opens at a dinner table, where a family of three are eating takeout. An adolescent daughter, her concerned mother and her oblivious dad each have five different emotions guiding how they behave respond to each other: Joy (voiced by Amy Poehler!), Disgust (voiced by Mindy Kaling!), Fear, Sadness and Anger. The emotions all sit at a panel, behind the eyes of their human character.
I think this is going to be a great film, but I’m concerned about the “Oblivious Dad” trope. He’s thinking about sports while the mom is the only one that notices her daughter is being weird? I find this trope to be the most annoying of them all, and a disservice to great dads. Hopefully, the film pulls through with a better version of the dad than the trailer shows.
The best part of the trailer? Riley’s emotion panel. “You want a piece of this, Pops?!” is easily the best quotable in there. The way her brain works is so, so true to adolescence. The way that her Anger punches her Fear away, the way Fear seems to have no control, and mostly the fact that Riley seems to have no lead emotion at all, at least not from the trailer.
Inside Out will be in theaters on June 19th.
PS: Anyone catch how the dad’s lead emotion is Anger and the mom’s is Sadness? Hoping they can work this out in the film!