For the last two years, perhaps the most mystery-shrouded project at Pixar Animation has been the next film by "Monster's Inc." and "Up" director Pete Docter, a story set inside the brain of a young girl.
At the D23 Expo in Anaheim over the weekend, Docter and his producer, Jonas Rivera, revealed more about the quirky, ambitious movie during Disney's animation panel, introducing its cast, showing test footage and finally giving the long-untitled project a name — "Inside Out."
"Inside Out" follows an outgoing 11-year-old girl named Riley whose family moves from Minnesota to San Francisco just as she's hitting the turbulent emotional waters of adolescence. (It's surely no accident that Docter, a native Minnesotan, is the father of a teenage daughter).
That's where the conventional setup ends — Riley isn't just the protagonist of "Inside Out," she is also, as Docter explained, the setting. The other main characters are emotions who live inside Riley's mind — Anger, a short red square with a necktie voiced by Lewis Black; Disgust, a querulous green sprite (Mindy Kaling); Fear, a thin-shouldered purple wimp (Bill Hader); Joy, a perky yellow fairy (Amy Poehler); and Sadness, a round blue mope with glasses (Phyllis Smith). The emotions govern Riley's actions, store her memories and compete for control over "headquarters."