Meet Your Next Great Disney/Pixar Heroine, Riley

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Meet Your Next Great Disney/Pixar Heroine, Riley

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Animation powerhouse releases gives first look at the star of its upcoming feature Inside Out

Disney Movies Anywhere (which requires an account login) has revealed the first good look at "Riley," a 12 year-old girl and the central character of its upcoming feature Inside Out, an ambitious project that marks the return of Up's Pete Docter to the director's chair.

In the unique feature, Riley (whose voice-actress has not yet been cast) is not only the main character, she's the also the main location. The premise (which bears more than a passing similarity to the 90s sitcom Herman's Head) is a dual narrative set in the "real world" with Riley and also in the world of Riley's mind - where personifications of her emotions (Joy, Sadness, Anger, Disgust and Fear) navigate her responses to everyday experiences.

In the story proper, Joy (Amy Poehler) finds her previously unchallenged status as Riley's primary emotion intruded upon by a suddenly more-energized Sadness (Phyllis Smith from The Office) as their host approaches her teens. The rivals jockeying for power leads to them being lost to the deeper recesses of the mind, forced to work together to find their way back before having only Anger (Lewis Black), Fear (Bill Hader) and Disgust (Mindy Kaling) to man Headquarters transforms Riley into a moody preteen.

While the scenes featuring Riley in the real world will be animated in the traditional Pixar fashion, the emotions and their inner world are said to be animated using a new technique whereby they appear to be made of hovering points of light similar to Pointillism. The film is due for release in June of 2015.

Source: Pixar Times

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I'll say it if nobody else will -

Goddamn, that looks positively CREEPY.

She looks like a little dork.

This is a good thing in my book.

I like to imagine my head is filled with celebrities too, this girl really seems relatable and not in any way schizophrenic.

Whatever, it's a Pixar non-sequel, so it'll probably be pretty good.

I lost faith in Pixar after Disney bought them out. Disney is basically EA, buying up more successful studios and then gutting them. I haven't quite lost faith in Pete Doctor though. The premise sounds a little silly, but then so did UP, and that became one of my favorites. We'll see...

I really think they could've gotten better people for the voices, particularly Joy and Amy Poehler.But that's just my personal preference since I really don't consider her or Parks and Rec all that worth watching except for Ron...

Casting Lewis Black as anger may have just sold me on this movie. It's the perfect fit.

I'm glad its a movie featuring a little girl

not that "gender politics" is aparent at that age...but a lot of classic feature boys

she's cute, i like that she doesn't have a dainty little nose and that she seems to have a teeth gap. makes her look a bit more characterized.

let's hope for another pixar classic.

I'm surprised it took Pixar this long to try something like this. This is always a promising formula for fiction, and it seems like it'd be right up Pixar's alley.

The art style is a little off-putting, why couldn't it be closer to the concept art?

I guess that is not a terrible idea? I would like to know a bit more before I see it. I mean I know it sounds cliche but if her mind was like an epic space opera or medieval fantasy than while it would make no sense it would be a cool concept seeing these forces fight to control her mind.

Was about to say she looks a tiny bit uncanny valley, but then I remembered that a hell of a lot of CGI characters look 'off' in screenshots. So she'll probably look just fine in motion.

Sir Shockwave:
I'll say it if nobody else will -

Goddamn, that looks positively CREEPY.

Yeah glad you said something.
I'm getting some uncanny valley vibes here.

I will still watch this movie reguardless.

Mindy Kailing is the voice actor for Disgust? Ideal casting.

She looks a bit confused but it's cute, she looks more like a real child than a perfect doll. Interested to see where this goes.

She has creepy marbles for eyes.

For some reason this particular image is giving me an uncanny valley vibe in a way that CG animated characters usually don't.

Sir Shockwave:
I'll say it if nobody else will -

Goddamn, that looks positively CREEPY.

It looks like a return to interesting on Pixar's part. With their having been all about the sequels lateley it was getting kind of boring and somewhat too 'market friendly' for my tastes. It's nice to see them trying something that looks a bit more out there again.

This movie is gonna be kinda weird cause the whole premise is basically an analogy about puberty. But its disney so they have to tip toe around the whole "shes probably thinking about sex now" thing and its going to be this giant pink elephant in the room that goes ignored over the course of the movie I would think. Because no way are they going to have any kind of allusion to sexuality in a movie aimed at kids staring a kid or risk being crucified by the masses.

Very interested to see how this movie pans out regardless of what disney does.

Hub, I thought the other Pixar film The Good Dinosaur is next despite the delays (ok I check on wiki and it's out the next year in Auturm).

Either way, I'm really hoping this film will be a smash hit despite the lackluster films in the past.

The eyes! THE EYES! To stare into them is to see madness itself!

(but seriously, I'm really sick of the manga style approach of ever increasing eye size to show innocence and be cute)

TwistedEllipses:
The eyes! THE EYES! To stare into them is to see madness itself!

(but seriously, I'm really sick of the manga style approach of ever increasing eye size to show innocence and be cute)

Except the manga style of big eyes is based on Disney's pre 1960's work.

Ok, it seems interesting.

At the very least, its a non-sequel, no-spin-off movie coming from Pixar, with the director of Up (probably one of the last really good Pixar movies), which used to mean something.

Yeah this definitely sounds like a spinoff of Herman's Head. Which is fine with me as I found that show pretty damn funny. Hopefully they will do it right, though I am cringing at the very likely situation where Sadness is going to look like some emo/goth kid, and talk in nothing but mopey cliches. It would be nice to not paint that group as the badguy. But since it seems like they're making this into a buddy movie between Joy and Sadness, hopefully they won't fall into that trap.

Sir Shockwave:
I'll say it if nobody else will -

Goddamn, that looks positively CREEPY.

Not as creepy as many kids, but I suppose it's mildly disconcerting. She also looks confused and agitated, so I have to give them props there.

One thing's for sure: she'll be getting a nose job once she turns... whatever is the minimum age for nose jobs!

Well, I'm sold. I've asked for something new in theaters, and I certainly haven't seen this before.

Lewis Black as anger huh?
If this movie is nothing else, at least it will be funny.

I'll give it the benefit of the doubt, for now. I keep also imagining something like Scott Pilgrim vs the World, but with emotions rather than video game references.

Her hands kinda weird me out. Also, I haven't seen any concept art, so most of what I thought the character would look like has just been from the name and description on wiki. I was... slightly disappointed, this being way off what I predicted, but I'm still on board with the movie cause it sounds cool. I just hope this convinces Pixar to stop making sequels.

Fox12:
I lost faith in Pixar after Disney bought them out. Disney is basically EA, buying up more successful studios and then gutting them. I haven't quite lost faith in Pete Doctor though. The premise sounds a little silly, but then so did UP, and that became one of my favorites. We'll see...

That was back in '06. If Ratatouille, Wall-E and Up did nothing to restore your faith in Pixar then I'm not sure how anything ever could.

This sounds pretty cool. Admittedly, this is probably because I have fond memories of Herman's Head. I loved that show.

I can't wait to see what emotional trauma a blonde/blue eyed white girl with perfect completion and features, living in a nice suburban house, has!
Will Becky from homeroom wear the same pink colored shoes?! Oh! My heart!
Will Sean, the good looking loner with a heart of gold and a pet rabbit, ever notice our intrepid heroine?! OH! THE FEELS!
Will Riley eventually admit she was being too harsh on Becky, Jessie and Susie in gym class and they all go out for FroYo and Facebook each other?!
OH! OH! GIVE THIS MOVIE AN OSCAR!

You had me at "Lewis Black playing the embodiment of Anger".

BrainWalker:

Fox12:
I lost faith in Pixar after Disney bought them out. Disney is basically EA, buying up more successful studios and then gutting them. I haven't quite lost faith in Pete Doctor though. The premise sounds a little silly, but then so did UP, and that became one of my favorites. We'll see...

That was back in '06. If Ratatouille, Wall-E and Up did nothing to restore your faith in Pixar then I'm not sure how anything ever could.

Yes, but two of this films were made by... Pete Doctor. And almost everything outside of his work has been growing less professional. We've also had a cars sequel and at least two plain movies, something old Pixar never would have done. Up is one of my favorite films, but apparently it was an uphill battle to get made. Disney didn't like it because children wouldn't want to buy old man toys. That's why Pixar is basically the cars company now. To make matters worse, a number of Pixar films were canceled by Disney so that Pixar could focus on 3d rereleases and sequels (actual statement). It's a miracle that Doctor gets anything done at all, but I like him, so I'll probably go see this movie.

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