Welcome to “Trailer Tuesday” where I talk about trailers for upcoming movies.
How long will Pixar be able to get us excited by merely referencing their past triumphs? There may not actually be any limit on that timeframe, considering they have movies like Toy Story, Ratouille, WALL-E, Up, The Incredibles, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, all of which are permanently etched in the public’s consciousness. For their newest film, Inside Out, they use the familiar tactic (also used in their first trailer for WALL-E) of reminding us why they’re so awesome, and of course it works. But I’m more interested in the small taste we actually get of Inside Out at the end of the trailer. Take a look at it below, and read on for my thoughts:
The Pixar montage this time around focuses on the various emotions their films have made you feel, in particular: Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust, and Sadness. There’s a reason for this, as the trailer sets out to ask us a question:
“Ever wonder…” it begins, as we see glowing orbs moving about a whimsical setting, covering many shelves with spinning devices, always in motion.
Before we can figure out what we might be looking at, with these variously colored globes, which seem like they’re being sorted, the rest of the question materializes.
Aha! So we’re looking at emotions! Well, maybe not, as we see a figure pick up one of those globes and look more closely at it.
As she looks at it, we see that the globe has an image of a slide in a playground, and we hear a child laughing. My best guess is that the globes are actually memories or experiences.
The trailer then shows us a forlorn-looking girl sitting at a dinner table with her parents.
This is Riley Anderson, in whose mind we’ve been looking. We’re told by the text to “meet the little voices inside your head,” but in actuality we’re meeting the little voices in her head.
First up is Joy, voiced by Amy Poehler. She introduces us to the rest of Riley’s emotions.
Sadness, voiced by Phyllis Smith.
Anger, voiced by Lewis Black.
Disgust, voiced by Mindy Kaling.
And Fear, voiced by Bill Hader. Joy grabs the five emotions together for a group hug, even reluctant Anger, who tells her, “Don’t touch me,” as he gets a friendly noogie.
We then get a look at the film’s logo
followed by the almost too cute tagline, “a major emotion picture,” and one final look at sadness.
And that’s it! After all, this is just a teaser trailer, meant to catch your interest but not designed to give you any sense of the story. From what we know of the plot, it’s about Riley’s move to a new city with her family, where her emotions (which live together in the command center in her head) have to help her adjust.
I have to give full credit to Pixar for picking “Sweet Emotion” by Aerosmith as the music for the trailer. I could write an entire article on perfectly chosen popular songs in movie trailers (for example, both songs in the Three Kings trailer, or the obvious choice for Letters to Juliet), but this song is just right for Inside Out.
I still have some questions about Inside Out, but I’ll save those for the full length trailer. (What I really want to know is whether these are the only emotions in Riley’s head? What about love?) For now, I’m definitely excited about Inside Out. There was never any doubt about seeing anything Pixar has to offer. After all, look at their history. But still, Inside Out looks like something new and fresh, with a different sort of story than what we’re used to seeing from anyone. I have no doubts they can pull it off, the question is simply where it will rank in the Pixar canon. It’s too soon to tell, but I can’t wait to find out?
What do you think? Does Inside Out look like fun to you? What do you think of the voice cast? What about the depiction of the different emotions? Will Pixar ever not be able to cash in on their solid reputation? If you could pick five different emotions to represent what’s going on inside your head, what would they be? Let me know in the comments!