Saturday, June 21, 2014

Inside 'Inside Out'

I'm late to the party, here but… With less than a year to go, Pixar is now really beginning to hype up Inside Out

First up, the simple but cool official logo. The title being tilted is like a cherry on top…

Next up, a much better look at the five emotions, our main characters…

Back when the character designs were unveiled during the D23 Expo last summer, I wasn't way too thrilled with them but I chalk that up to the poses they used for that reveal (I'm hyper-picky when it comes to publicity shots of CGI characters, for some odd reason), this image on the other hand is great. I've officially warmed up to these designs now, and it's very cool how Joy (Amy Poehler) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith) glow. Anger's (Lewis Black) toad-like design is perfect, Disgust's (Mindy Kaling) eyes are perfect, she looks permanently peeved despite her eyebrows not being slanted. I love Fear's (Bill Hader) shape and eyes, he looks like an insect! There's a certain retro quality to the designs, while at the same time they are positively Pixaresque. It's good to see them try out these shapes and looks, going against the norm. (Not that there's anything wrong with a house style, but I digress.)

Also, here's a pretty new piece of concept artwork that shows Riley and her brain's control panel…

We got tons of juicy details on the project at the Annecy Film Festival over a week ago. My excitement completely shot through the roof up on reading them. There are so many cool, creative little details here. Pixar really used the brain as playground for throwing around these really neat ideas: There's a movie studio where nightmares are created, an amusement park containing the many things Riley daydreams about - appropriately called "Imagination Land", and the Train of Thought which is an actual train that can disappear anywhere at any time. The current plot synopsis sounds amazing. This, to me, will be a different kind of heartstring-puller. Director Pete Docter's previous Pixar outing wrecked many audiences, I expect this to do the same. Like the other Pixar films, it a personal film for its director and it is sure to resonate will audiences. I mean, it's bold when your film is said to "rewrite the way people think about the way people think!" At the same time, it shall be wonderfully inventive and hilarious while being layered with subtle themes and containing - as usual - jaw-dropping visuals and a new world that is sure to have tons of surprises.

This is not Pixar's comeback. If you've been here for a while, you'll know that I think Pixar is still a brilliant studio and will always be, through thick and thin. As far as I'm concerned, they haven't made a "bad" film, but I understand it's all subjective. After Toy Story 3, to me, we have gotten one average-but-messy movie and two genuinely well-made films from the Emeryville house. Of course I'm really looking forward to this and their future films!

Now with all these details surfacing, will we be seeing a teaser soon?

Well, as we all know, this is the rare year without a Pixar film. I had assumed for months that we'd get the teaser before DreamWorks' How To Train Your Dragon 2, since that's in the mid-June spot that Pixar films normally occupy. Well, we didn't get a teaser so my best guess is that they're going to pull an Up with this film. (Coincidentally, both were directed by Docter…) Back in June 2008, all of us Pixar fans expected an Up teaser to show up in front of WALL-E since it's a Pixar tradition to have the teaser for the next film show up before the current one… We all wondered, "Where's the teaser?" It premiered a month later for some reason. Might've been because of Comic-Con, I don't really remember.

Maybe Inside Out's teaser will debut at Comic-Con and then hit the Internet shortly afterwards. What do you think?

Also, remember that Lava short that we all unearthed a little while back? Well, it is confirmed to be the short that will be attached to this film!

Such a beautiful poster… Makes me wonder if the film will be hand-drawn or will be Paperman-esque, or maybe it'll try a completely new animation style like The Blue Umbrella did. The short will be directed by first-timer James Ford Murphy, who has been at the studio since A Bug's Life.

The story?

Inspired by the isolated beauty of tropical islands and the explosive allure of ocean volcanoes, 'Lava' is a musical love story that takes place over millions of years.

A musical short? That's certainly new! The closest thing we got to a musical number in a Pixar film was the little Mor'du ditty in Brave, so it'll be interesting to see how Pixar will pull off a whole 5-6 minutes of actual onscreen singing. Also, volcanoes falling in love? The way they are going to pull this one off is going to be clever. It might not be anything like Paperman or The Blue Umbrella, other than the fact that it's a love story…

It also makes me wonder, is Pixar planning on making a feature-length musical soon?

What are your thoughts on all the Inside Out details? Does the plot intrigue you? Are you looking forward to this film? What are your thoughts on Lava? Sound off below!

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