Pixar Introduces a New Emotion, Anxiety

  • November 11, 2023

Guess Happiness is hard at work for Pixar fans, because “Inside Out 2” just dropped its first trailer.

“Inside Out 2” is a sequel to the upcoming 2015 animated film “Inside Out.” The first film focuses on 11-year-old Riley (Kaitlyn Dias) and the five emotions in her brain, led by an all-star cast: Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Disgust (Mindy Kaling), Fear (Bill Hader) and and Anger (Lewis Black). In the follow-up trailer, a new emotion is introduced: A faint, orange tinge.

After reported salary disputes, Bill Hader and Mindy Kaling are not returning as Fear and Loathing sequels. They were replaced by Tony Hale and Liza Lapira, respectively.

In “Inside Out,” after moving from Minnesota to San Francisco, Riley struggles to adjust to her new surroundings. Along with the turmoil of growing up experiences, he finds himself in an emotional crisis and eventually risks losing not only his friends, but his entire family.

“Inside Out” follows Joy and Sadness as they embark on a journey through Riley’s mind, where they must figure out how to work together so that Riley can settle into her new home and accept the many emotions she has.

Back when it was first released, “Inside Out” received glowing reviews from critics and audiences alike, and even won the 2016 Academy Award for best animated feature.

“‘Inside Out’ beats (the other Pixar films), reaching beyond the screen to become something that viewers will play for the rest of their days,” film critic Peter Debruge wrote. Variety. He called the film “a beautiful and symbolic visual metaphor for understanding (the audience’s) own feelings, and empathizing with others.”

The sequel was first announced in 2022 at Disney’s D23 Expo. Kelsey Mann directs, while Meg LeFauve, who co-wrote the first film, serves as the second film’s writer as well.

“Inside Out 2” will be released in theaters on June 14, 2024, almost nine years after the first film.

Watch the trailer below.