‘Inside Out’ trailer anthropomorphizes teen angst as only Disney/Pixar can

Deputy Entertainment Editor
03.10.15

This summer, Disney/Pixar invites audiences to travel inside the mind of scariest subset of human beings: the tween. 

When Riley”s dad gets a job in San Francsico, her whole world is uprooted. Guided by her emotions –  Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith) – from the control center inside her mind, Riley tries to make sense of her new life. 

A few things pop up in this trailer that show Disney/Pixar is taking strides to fix some of their long-standing tropes. Riley”s parents are both alive and well…and happily married to boot. Riley has at least one girl friend who will sit on a stoop and get brain freeze with her. And one of the main plot points separates Joy and Sadness from the main group and sets them off on an adventure. Normally not something of note, but both characters are women. Two ladies on an adventure is still a (sadly) rare occurrence in film and worth encouraging!

Directed by Oscar®-winner Pete Docter (“Up,” “Monsters, Inc.”), “Inside Out” hits theaters on June 19, 2015.

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