We got our first look at Pixar’s Inside Out 2 this morning. We would die for Riley, so we hit the play button immediately. If you scroll down a bit, so can you, but first read this.
Inside Out 1 left our walking bundle of emotions teetering on the precipice of her teenage years, and in the sequel she falls off that edge, requiring a number of immediate modifications to her command center. When the dust clears and the crew leaves, Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear and Disgust are all still there, but…they’re no longer alone.
Inside Out 2 features the return of Amy Poehler as Joy, Phyllis Smith as Sadness and Lewis Black as Anger. For reasons Disney irritatingly makes opaque, two of the emotions’ roles have been replaced: Tony Hale is now Fear (replacing Bill Hader) and Liza Lapira is now Disgust. Why isn’t Mindy Kaling in this movie? Was she busy? These days I doubt it. Answers please?
Joining the cast this time is the world’s coolest nepo baby, Maya Hawke, as Anxiety..and she may not be the only one. Her closing line indicates there are more than likely additional new characters yet to be announced. There’s a place in the trailer where you can find hints…the “feel ____ movie of 2024” that keeps changing its second word. All the current emotions (and the new one) flash by quickly, and if you pause you can also read “embarrassing” and “ennui.”
So the two unrevealed emotions are Embarrassment and Ennui. What they’re like and who’s playing them is a mystery for now. All the other emotions pretty much act like what they are all the time, but Anxiety feels pretty chill and relaxed (“chillaxed” to borrow a term from last decade), the opposite of what she should be.
Inside Out 2 will be released in theaters this summer. Bing-bong!