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New Pixar Teaser Narrates Emotions of 11-Year-Old Girl

Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Lewis Black and Mindy Kaling lend voices to upcoming film

Pixar’s next film, Inside Out, will give viewers a look at something tumultuous, confusing and unpredictable: the mind of an 11-year-old girl. As the teaser above shows, director Pete Docter’s film operates on the idea that children are guided more by emotion and less by rationality. Taking this to a cute and colorful extreme, the film gives voices and faces to protagonist Riley’s emotions, which are in turmoil after a recent move to San Francisco.

Her emotions operate out of Headquarters—a control center in Riley’s mind. There’s Joy, played by Amy Poehler; Fear, by Bill Hader; Anger, by Lewis Black; Disgust, by Mindy Kaling; and Sadness, by Phyllis Smith. Joy usually has full control over Riley’s mind, but navigating a new school and house have left the other emotions unrestrained and battling for a greater say in her decisions.

The trailer opens by showing the many tearjerking and LOL-inducing emotions that have driven Pixar films throughout the years, but then transitions into a bright and dramatic interpretation of a child’s mind. Small, clear orbs holding Riley’s memories are displayed on organized racks, where the sparkling and pixie-inspired Joy can pick them up and pass them over to bright red and box-shaped Anger or Sadness. (The latter, unsurprisingly, sports a monotonous shade of blue and wears a continuously drooping face.)

The unique coming-of-age film hits theaters June 19th.

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