No matter how old you are, Pixar movies have a certain way of striking a nerve. Remember how hard you cried at the end of “Toy Story 3″? What about the time you got your cardio fix by way of chest-heaving sobs at the beginning of “Up”? The happy tears at the end of “WALL-E”?
I mean, Pixar movies have their smile and laugh-inducing moments as well, but it’s easier to move an audience member to chuckle than to cry. (Here’s how easy it is: How do you make a pointy stick? Whittle by whittle. Admit it, you laughed a little. Point proven.)
It seems as if the animation house’s next film, “Inside Out,” will be no exception to the feelings rule, if director (and Pixar mastermind) Pete Docter’s latest comments are anything to go by.
At the Annecy International Animation Film Festival on Tuesday (June 10), Docter made a presentation about the upcoming movie. We’ve already heard about casting — Mindy Kaling, Amy Poehler, Bill Hader and others will voice the main character and the little creatures in her head that represent her motions — which has us excited, but from Variety’s report from the presentation, it sounds like this movie is going to be another one that sticks with us for a long time and makes us feel a lot of feelings.
“It’s based on a strong emotional experience I had watching my daughter grow up,” Docter said, explaining that the movie will both be about 12-year-old girl Riley, and will also take place mostly inside her mind. The movie will deal with the thought processes and memories of the tween, with the anthropomorphic emotions running the show.
The movie sounds cool as all get-out, but here’s the part that makes us sure it’ll hit us right in the tear zone as well:
“I thought I was making a film about my daughter, but the truth is, I’m more making a film about myself in relation to my daughter and understanding that,” Docter said. “The film is told from a parent’s point of view, and being a parent, I just sort of slipped into that, I guess. It’s definitely made me think again about the way I grew up, my adolescence, and even on a day-to-day basis what I’m doing and why.”
Bring it, Docter.
“Inside Out” is slated for June 19, 2015.