The trailer for Pixar's Inside Out is finally here...
And no shock, it got me pumped for the film! Usually, I think Pixar's North American trailers (UK one is the same, before you ask) aren't very good. The footage itself in each always looks promising, but the editing is usually all over the place and awful. They're probably tailor-made for mass audiences more than anything, hey! They work almost every time, don't they?
Anyways, this trailer presents a sequence rather than a series of scenes and clips, a very refreshing break from the usual. This is much like the Brave trailer that showed an abridged version of the archery tournament sequence, and of course no different from the days when Disney would make a full sequence from a film into a trailer. (The Lion King, Pocahontas, Dinosaur.) The sequence presented here gives you the main gist of the film; Riley's entering a phase in her life where she's going to be moody, while we get a look at the inner-workings of the human characters' brains. Killing two birds with one stone there!
The sequence is great. It reminds me of Docter's first Pixar film, Monsters, Inc. because of how creative it is. But it also has emotions (pun intended) that are no different from the ones in his second film Up. It seems like the perfect blend here: a new and clever world much like the monster world, and a very strong and potent Up-esque emotional core. Maybe a little pinch of Andrew Stanton's WALL-E too, in terms of the visuals, given the spacey sci-fi look of the brain interiors and tech.
So the trailer indicates that this new Pixar original will be funny, heartfelt, and highly creative. It's like a return to the out-of-the-box storytelling of a majority of their pre-Toy Story 3 films. I'm not faulting Brave for not being overly unconventional, I still love that film despite its small warts. This, to me, look like it'll bring us back to the Ratatouille/WALL-E/Up days. What's not to like?
(And no, this isn't Pixar's comeback. If you've been here long enough, you'll know why I think that.)
I could go on and on, but to avoid the risk of sounding like a broken mp3, I'll just put it this way: Awesome trailer, super-hyped about the film, go Pixar!