Are there little beings inside each of us, controlling our emotions via a complex operational “headquarters”? That’s the story being told in Pixar Animation Studios latest release, “Inside Out”, coming up soon from Oscar-winning animation maestro, Pete Docter (“Up”). The buzz has been building steadily for a few weeks now, and the film has received almost universal critical acclaim, since premiering at the Cannes Film Festival just a few days ago. The insanely talented vocal cast includes Amy Poehler as “Joy”, Phyllis Smith as “Sadness”, Bill Hader as “Fear”, Lewis Black as “Anger” and Mindy Kaling as “Disgust”. Also listen for Diane Lane, Kyle MacLachlan, Richard Kind, John Ratzenberger (of course!) and Kaitlyn Dias as young Riley Anderson.
Peter Docter not only gave us “Up” (which, truth be told, I wasn’t as enthusiastic about, as most critics were), but he also directed the fantastic “Monsters, Inc.” from 2001. Plus, he is a huge fan of Japanese master Hayao Miyazaki, and he even got the direct the English language voice work for the North American release of 2005’s “Howl’s Moving Castle”. Hey, bottom line, as much as I’ll often rail against the “big Disney machine”, they DO often put out a lot of quality stuff, and “Inside Out” appears to be one we should all be looking forward too. We’ll know if that’s the case soon…”Inside Out” descends into theaters on June the 19th.