‘Inside Out 2’: Pixar gets even more emotional in sequel to 2015 smash

Not many teens want to talk about anxiety, these days.

Can you blame them?

It is, after all, a red-alert, all-hands-on-deck emotion that seems determined to yank control from all of us. And that’s especially true for a younger generation that’s expected to someday take the reins of the world, having already experienced a worldwide pandemic. global warming, social media pressures and more.

But Pixar is to here to help.

The Emeryville studio’s new film “Inside Out 2” extends a compassionate hand to young and old alike with a warm-hearted but sophisticated message about how to deal with anxiety, not to mention the galaxy of other emotions that threaten to run away with our lives.

“Inside Out 2,” of course, is the follow-up to the 2015 box-office smash (a global cha-ching of nearly $859 million) that focused on personified emotions wrestling for control of the mind of a young girl, Riley. The sequel serves up — you guessed it — more emotions, as frazzled Anxiety (voice of Maya Hawke) and her pubescent cohorts Envy (Ayo Edebiri), Embarrassment (Paul Walter Hauser), Ennui (Adèle Exarchopoulos) and Nostalgia (June Squibb), join the scrum with holdovers Joy (Amy Poheler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Anger (Lewis Black), Fear (Tony Hale, placing Bill Hader) and Disgust (Liza Lapira) of 13-year-old San Franciscan Riley’s mindset.

The last time we met Riley she was 12. In “Inside Out 2,” she crash-lands into puberty while at a Northern Californian hockey summer camp, where her emotions scurry around like a puck on ice.

That’s a lot of emotional content to deal with. But the PG-rated film that opens in theaters June 14 had help.

Dacher Keltner, a UC Berkeley professor and co-director of the Greater Good Science Center, served as a consultant on the sequel — just as he did on the original film and for Pixar’s 2020 release “Soul.” This time he worked with director Kelsey Mann, who took over the reins for “Inside Out 2” from Pete Docter, Pixar’s chief creative officer, who helmed the first film.

Keltner hopes “Inside Out 2” helps teens feel they aren’t alone with their teeming emotions and that they could benefit from being OK with all of them.

“There are lessons that will be useful for young people about perfectionism,” he said. “About the fact we have multiple sides to our identities. We’re good and we’re also envious. We are kind and we are also selfish. And that’s how humans are, and I think that’s really important (to realize).”


Tony Hale says he relived the insecurities he experienced during puberty to voice his character, Fear, in “Inside Out 2.” (Disney/Pixar) 

Pixar’s more enlightened and nuanced view of feelings appealed to Emmy-winning actor Hale, who replaced Bill Hader to voice Fear. The “Veep” costar says he has firsthand knowledge of what fear is like, and praises “Inside Out 2” for taking a refreshing, healthy outlook about warring emotions.

“What I get most excited about is kids seeing this because when I was a kid  during puberty, everything was happening and I’m so confused, and I …read more

Source:: The Mercury News – Entertainment


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