Pixar is finally making a female-centered movie that doesn’t involve a princess, which is pretty cool. Because, as it turns out, they haven’t done that yet. The only movie they’ve released that featured a female star was 2012’s Brave.
But the company recently divulged it’s plan for an upcoming non-royal girl flick, called Inside Out. It sounds like a good move, and while the premise is really cool—and hopefully will be appealing to the less frilly young girls of the world—it sounds really trippy.
The film will be set inside the mind of a girl named Riley. The main characters will all represent different emotions: there’s Joy (who, in most genius casting move of all time, will be voiced by Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Disgust (Mindy Kaling), Anger (Lewis Black), and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The characters will all work inside Riley’s mind to keep her “emotionally balanced.” Weird, right?
The plot very generally involves puberty. As Riley grows older, the different emotions/characters in her mind start to have different power dynamics, and eventually Fear, Disgust, and Anger get full control, rendering Riley the stereotypical pre-teen brat that we all once were. Joy and Sadness then must work together to regain control of Riley, and once they do, she matures into a regular person again.
It’s a bizarre plot, and we can’t help but wonder how a film that implies girls are ruled exclusively by their emotions will be marketed as a “girl-power” movie. But one thing’s certain: it will certainly be interesting.