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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