Inside Out was just one of those films that let everyone know that it is okay to feel your emotion. Pete Docter’s film was a joyous and sometimes somber celebration of expressing your emotions freely and without judgment. So, when Bing Bong faded away and was never to be remembered ever again, we all cried. Then we all cheered when Joy discovered that every emotion has its place. And it seems fitting that Inside Out 2′s first trailer introduce us to Anxiety, which is something that affects many to this very day. One thing is for sure, things are about to get very strange.
As a teaser trailer, there is little to see within the first few seconds. Much of it is spent revisiting the best parts of Inside Out, while Michael Giacchino‘s “Bundle of Joy” plays in the background. Of course, a lot can change within a few seconds. And just as you start to remember the beauty of Inside Out, it all comes crashing down to make way for a brand new emotion. With Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Anger (Lewis Black), Fear (Tony Hale replacing Bill Hader), and Disgust (Liza Lapira replacing Mindy Kaling) living their lives peacefully at headquarters within Riley’s head. However that is all disrupted when a construction crew carries out demo day and wrecks headquarters to removes Joy’s beloved console and replace it with a new one that’s colored orange.
This strange new console is perplexing and confuses the emotions. Not only that, but the construction crew left a mess behind. And to make things even more complicated, they aren’t sure what to make of Anxiety (Maya Hawke), a new emotion that has seemingly snuck with without their knowing. And, Anxiety isn’t alone.
The trailer teases a small reflection in what happens to all of us, specifically teenagers, as they grow up. Newer emotions start to emerge, and there are new fears and anxieties that come up with that phase in life that is unavoidable. So the hope is that the sequel, directed by Kelsey Mann, who uses a script written by Meg LeFaruve — who also wrote the script for the original Inside Out — can handle telling an encompassing story about emotions and anxieties with the same care and delicacy as Docter did with the first.
No official date has been set, but Inside Out 2 is due out in theaters summer 2024.
Here’s the full plot synopsis for Inside Out 2.
The little voices inside Riley’s head know her inside and out — but next summer, everything changes when Disney and Pixar’s Inside Out 2 introduces a new Emotion: Anxiety. According to director Kelsey Mann, the new character promises to stir things up within headquarters. “Anxiety, voiced by Maya Hawke, might be new to the crew, but she’s not really the type to take a back seat,” said Mann. “That makes a lot of sense if you think about it in terms of what goes on inside all our minds.”
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. And it looks like she’s not alone.