Many of Pixar’s films, both newer ones like Elemental and Turning Red and their long-running franchise staples like Toy Story and The Incredibles, are widely considered to be among the best animated movies of all time. Pete Doctor’s Inside Out, which premiered in 2015 to widespread acclaim, is one such film that is set to become the first installment in a sequel series.
This film, which seems to be Disney and Pixar’s ultimate blend of funny and touching, has won the hearts of millions of viewers around the world thanks to its heartfelt and realistic depiction of children’s emotions.
The fact that eight years after the original’s release, fans are just as excited about the sequel as they were back then is a testament to how well accepted it was. Given all this, and the fact that new information and theories keep emerging regarding Inside Out 2, here is everything we know about the sequel.
When Does ‘Inside Out 2’ Release in Theaters?
On June 14 of 2024, only theaters will show Inside Out 2. The summer season is ideal for the release of many of Disney’s most popular films, thus this sequel arrives nearly nine years after the first. No additional movies are planned for release that weekend. Inside Out 2 will be competing with Sony Pictures’ Bad Boys 4 for the weekend box office.
Back in September 2022, during the D23 Expo’s animation showcase, the project was announced with many other intriguing new projects. The D23 news was confirmed by a tweet.
Oh JOY! Amy Poehler is back to star in Inside Out 2. Directed by Kelsey Mann, produced by Mark Nielsen, and written by Meg LeFauve, Disney and Pixar’s Inside Out 2 releases Summer 2024. pic.twitter.com/HMHY391vN9
— Pixar (@Pixar) September 10, 2022
When will Disney+ finally get ‘Inside Out 2’?
The sequel to “Inside Out” will premiere in theaters before making its way to Disney+. The sequel to a major movie like Inside Out deserves to be shown on the greatest screens possible, so this will please viewers of both mediums.
On November 9, Pixar published a 90-second preview for Inside Out 2. A montage of our favorite feelings is shown in the trailer to the tune of Ozzy Osborne’s “Crazy Train,” before their command center is destroyed in the middle of the night and the unwelcome arrival of Anxiety.
Who Is Starring in ‘Inside Out 2’?
The original’s huge diversity of acclaimed actors and actresses giving their all as voice actors was a big component in the film’s success. For that reason, fans have been keen to know exactly who would return for the sequel and, presumably, who new faces (or rather voices) will be joining them.
Some of the returning cast members include Lewis Black as Anger, Phyllis Smith as Sadness, and Amy Poehler as Joy, while the rest of the ensemble has yet to be announced. Unfortunately, Mindy Kaling (who played Disgust in the first film) and Bill Hader (who played Fear) will not be reprising their roles in the sequel. Kaling told The Wrap that contractual concerns were to blame for the duo’s absence:
“I had a great time working on Inside Out and am sure Inside Out 2 will be great. But I’m not working on it”.
Liza Lapira (NCIS) and Tony Hale (Toy Story 4) will take over for Kaling and Hader as the voices of Disgust and Fear, respectively. Anxiety will be voiced by Maya Hawke (Stranger Things), who will also be joining the cast. Who will give voice to the remaining new feelings is yet unknown.
What Is Inside Out 2 About?
In the last moments of Inside Out, as Riley’s roller coaster slowly comes to a stop, Joy notices a puberty button but is hesitant to touch it. That event has crucial implications for Inside Out 2. Inside Out 2’s official plot summary reads as follows:
“Disney and Pixar’s “Inside Out 2” returns to the mind of newly minted teenager Riley just as headquarters is undergoing a sudden demolition to make room for something entirely unexpected: new Emotions! Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear and Disgust, who’ve long been running a successful operation by all accounts, aren’t sure how to feel when Anxiety shows up.”
Considering how well Inside Out dealt with Riley’s 11-year-old feelings, it would be fitting for her to have moved on to the next, more difficult stage of life as a teenager. Especially in light of the aforementioned novel feelings, it appears that the mental challenges typical of our formative adolescent years will be met head-on.
Whether it’s in the past, the present, or the future, this time in our lives is crucial to who we are and may come with some of the most trying emotional times. With the current awareness and debate surrounding mental health at its most positive ever, Inside Out 2 appears to be a wonderfully emotional movie, and Disney is sure to do just as amazing a job of treating this subject as it did in the original film.
Where Can I Watch ‘Inside Out’?
As eager viewers await the release of Inside Out 2, a refresher on the first film’s plot is in order. Inside Out is now and unsurprisingly available on Disney+. For those without a membership, Disney+ can be purchased for $7.99 per month, with a premium no-ad version available for $10.99 per month. Alternately, you can pay $109.99 for a full year of access.
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