'Inside Out 2' Takes a Deep Dive into Teenage Emotions
Pixar is about to go to a place often reserved for after-school specials and Judy Blume books: The teenage mind.
The anticipated follow-up to Pixar's Academy Award-winning Inside Out (2015) is due out in the summer of 2024. Riley, who was 11 in the original, is a little older (15) in Inside Out 2. But she's still got all the feelings (really, you're never too old to feel those).
Some major casting news has already been announced—comedian Amy Poehler will be back as the voice of blue-haired Joy, a role she was clearly born to play. Here's what else to know.
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When is the Inside Out 2 release date?
Inside Out 2 is set for a June 14, 2024 theatrical release. The date is nearly nine years to the day after the original hit theaters (June 19, 2015).
Who are the new emotions in Inside Out 2?
There will be new emotions in Inside Out 2, though the specifics are still a bit gray.
"In many ways, it was really exciting. We knew exactly where we were," Amy Poehler recently spilled in an interview. "We go to the teen brain and we see the madness that lives inside there."
It's unclear what "madness" will mean, and Anger was already an emotion (played by Lewis Black) in the original Inside Out. But it appears the new flick will build on the discussions about normalizing mental health over the last several years.
"A lot has happened since the first film in terms of the emotional intelligence and how we think about mental health and how our emotions can affect us physically, and what's really going on inside our head," Poehler said.
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What is Inside Out 2 called?
The movie's title is Inside Out 2. Pixar is known for its creative characters, storylines and animation, but the movie giant is keeping the title of the Inside Out sequel simple.
What is Inside Out 2 rated?
Inside Out 2 has not yet been rated. The original Inside Out was rated PG for "mild thematic elements and some action."
Who is in the Inside Out 2 cast?
Casting is still mostly under wraps, but here's what we currently know.
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
Amy Poehler as Joy
Pixar confirmed the former Parks & Recreation star, Amy Poehler, would be back as Joy in September of 2022.
Diane Lane as Mom
Diane Lane, who most recently starred in Y: The Last Man on FX, will reprise her role as the voice of Riley's mother.
Phyllis Smith as Sadness
SAG Award-winning actress Phyllis Smith, best known for playing Phyllis Vance in The Office, is returning as Sadness.
Lewis Black as Anger
What would a movie about teenage feelings be without anger? Nothing, so Lewis Black is in for the sequel and will voice Anger.
Who's not returning for Inside Out 2?
Kaling, who voiced Disgust, has confirmed that she will not be returning for the sequel. “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,” Kaling told The Wrap.
Who's directing Inside Out 2?
Kelsey Mann, who has worked in various capacities on Monsters University productions, will make his full-length feature debut as director of Inside Out 2, working from a script by Meg LeFauve. The movie is produced by Mark Nielsen.
How old is Riley in Inside Out 2?
Riley will begin Inside Out 2 as a 15-year-old. The new flick will explore teenage emotions. At the end of the original, Riley turned 12.
Is Inside Out 2 on Disney+?
At least not initially. Inside Out 2 is set for a theatrical release on June 14, 2024. It will likely stream on Disney+ after its exclusive theatrical run. No streaming date has been released.
Is there an Inside Out 2 trailer?
Inside Out 2 is still in production so we'll have to wait a bit longer for a full-length trailer. Here's the first sneak peek we have of the sequel.