2014 has been a long year. It's the first time since 2005 that we haven't had a Pixar movie and we're feeling a little withdrawal. The good news is that 2015 brings us two new Pixar movies, including 'Inside Out', the next film from Oscar-winning director Pete Docter ('Up'). While some were lucky enough to see the opening five minutes at a Pixar preview earlier this year, the first public release 'Inside Out' footage was made available today on the Disney Anywhere app. And, maybe it's the Pixar withdrawal speaking, but we're starting to get really excited.
While the footage itself isn't embeddable (you can click here to watch it via the app), we were able to pull some GIFs so you could see exactly what the film looked like.
Above, you can see the main human character of the film, an 11-year-old girl named Riley (based on Docter's real life daughter, Ellie). Inside her head are five emotions, all battling for control of her mind: Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling), and Fear (Bill Hader). In the footage, Docter describes the emotions as their version of the Seven Dwarfs, in that they're very much caricatures with strong personalities. Adds producer Jonas Rivera, "We really wanted to push, and caricature, and squash, and stretch, and go back to some of those principles that got us loving animation."
"Squash and stretch" is one of the 12 basic principles of animation that states that most items (like humans, animals or a bouncy ball) change shape as they move, bounce, run, jump, etc. If you drop a brick on the ground, it's shape doesn't change, but if you drop a bouncy ball on the ground, it would squash and stretch before bouncing back up. It was a technique used to great effect by Disney animators in the 1930s (another 'Seven Dwarfs' throwback), but as modern animation has grown increasingly realistic, it isn't quite as exaggerated. As you can see in this GIF below, they look to be going back to a more stylized form of animation.
Here you see Joy throwing marshmallows at the back of Anger. The way her arm is animated as she throws is something Docter talks specifically about in the clip and says it's "unlike anything we've ever done before."
Below is another quick GIF of all the emotions interacting and roasting some of those marshmallows on the flames coming off Anger's head:
It's really interesting to see how Pixar is pushing animation forward while still retaining a very cartoony feel. It doesn't have to look photoreal to look good.
Before we leave you, here's a little bit more about the plot of 'Inside Out':
The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley’s main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.
'Inside Out' opens in theaters on June 19, 2015, so we still have a ways to go, but hopefully we get a full trailer soon.