I’ve been eagerly looking forward to Pete Docter’s Inside Out since it was first announced; the unique concept combined with Docter’s emotional touch seems like a sure-fire recipe for success. But in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Docter revealed how his newest project is also his most challenging.
So what sets it apart the most from Monsters, Inc. and Up? Having to tell two parallel stories. The plot revolves around both the life of a young girl and how her personified emotions respond to it — an ambitious balancing act that has been challenging for Docter and the Pixar story team. "One story is hard enough. This is two stories that need to talk to each other,"Docter explained.
Visually, the film is also set to break new ground for Pixar. Last year’s early concept art (top right) showed a set of simple, cartoony characters, but Docter suggested that the final film may look very different: "The characters are created with this energy because we are trying to represent what emotions would look like. They are made up of particles that actually move. Instead of being skin and solid, it is a massive collection of energy."
Inside Out won’t be in theaters until June 2015, but it’s very possible that we’ll hear more about it at the D23 Expo in a few weeks (alongside news on The Good Dinosaur).
Are you intrigued by Pete Docter’s latest film?