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Everything we know about Pixar's Inside Out 2

Everything we know about Pixar's Inside Out 2

Make room for new emotions in Pixar's Inside Out 2. (Disney/Pixar)

Pixar will return to the world of Inside Out with a sequel to the Oscar-winning animated film.

The 2015 original film takes place inside the mind of an 11-year-old girl named Riley, with her five main emotions embodied as characters.

It was a huge success at the box office and received critical acclaim, so it's no surprise that a sequel is on its way.

Here's everything we know about Inside Out 2 so far, including the release date, cast and plot.

When will Inside Out 2 be released?

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Embarrassment, anxiety, envy and boredom take their turn at the console in Inside Out 2. (Disney/Pixar)

Inside Out 2 will be released in UK cinemas on Friday 14 June, nine years after the original film's release. It will be made available to stream on Disney+ at a later date.

The long-awaited film was officially announced by star Amy Poehler at Disney's D23 Expo in September 2022, after years of speculation.

Director Pete Docter first discussed the possibility of a sequel in 2015, Count Entertainment Weekly: “There's no sequel idea from me at this point. Never say never.” In early 2016, he said he would “explore” potential ideas for Inside Out 2 and “see what happens.”

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Fans' hopes were dashed when Pixar announced it would focus on developing original films, rather than sequels, after the release of 2019's Toy Story 4. But the studio changed course by releasing the Toy Story spin-off, Lightyear, in 2022, paving the way for a fresh start. . Way for both Inside Out 2 and Toy Story 5 to enter production.

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What is the story of the movie Inside Out 2?

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Cruella actor Paul Walter Hauser voices Embarrassment (far right) in the sequel. (Disney/Pixar)

The original Inside Out ended with Riley exploring her feelings for adulthood, so the sequel picks up where it left off by focusing on Riley's adolescence.

“In some ways, Inside Out is setting itself up for a sequel and we're going there,” Poehler said He told People magazineAdding that the new film is “deeper” than the original film.

“A lot has happened since the first movie in terms of 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 heads,” she added.

Pixar previously tackled themes of puberty and teen angst in 2022's Turning Red.

Who's in the cast of Inside Out 2?

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Stranger Things' Maya Hawke voices concern in Inside Out 2. (Disney/Pixar)

Inside Out 2's star-studded cast is led by Amy Poehler, who returns as the voice of Joy. The US Office's Phyllis Smith and comedian Lewis Black reprise their roles as the sad and angry retrospective.

But original stars Mindy Kaling and Bill Hader are not part of the sequel. Equalizer star Liza Lapira replaces Kaling as the voice of Disgust, while Arrested Development's Tony Hail provides the voice of Fear in Hader's place.

It is unclear why the pair was recast. In a 2023 interview with The Wrap, Kaling said mysteriously: “I had a great time working on Inside Out and I'm sure Inside Out 2 will be great, but I'm not working on it.”

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Four new emotions are part of the gang. Stranger Things star Maya Hawke voices concern, while The Bear's Ayo Edebiri plays Envy. French actor Adele Exarchopoulos brings “boredom” to life, and Cruella's Paul Walter Hauser expresses embarrassment.

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Sadness and joy run through Riley's sense of self. (Disney/Pixar)

Kensington Tallman is the new voice behind Riley, with Twin Peaks legend Kyle MacLachlan and Man of Steel's Diane Lane returning to play her parents.

Community star Yvette-Nicole Brown plays Riley's hockey coach, while Somaya Noureddine Green and Grace Lu provide the voices of her best friends.

Academy Award nominee June Squibb, who previously voiced characters in Soul and Toy Story 4, has been cast in an unknown role.

The cast also includes The Muppets' Frank Oz, SNL's James Austin Johnson, Red Hot Chilli Peppers bassist Flea, and Monsters University actor Bobby Moynihan.

As with almost every Pixar film, John Ratzenberger also appears in Inside Out 2.

There is currently no information on whether Inside Out 2 will feature an appearance by Riley's former imaginary friend Bing Bong.

Is there a trailer for Inside Out 2?

The first full trailer for Inside Out 2 was released back in March and gave us a proper look at the new emotions that will join Riley's subconscious, specifically anxiety, envy, boredom, and embarrassment. Watch it below.

Meanwhile, the trailer for Inside Out 2 arrived in November 2023.

Just as joy, sadness, disgust, anger, and fear once dominated Riley's emotions, her teenage years strike and bring with them a dose of orange-haired angst.

Press play on the teaser below to re-enter Riley's head.

Who directed Inside Out 2?

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The original film stars Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling, and Bill Hader. (Disney/Pixar)

Inside Out 2 is directed by first-time director Mann, who previously worked on Pixar films The Good Dinosaur, Monsters University, Lightyear, and Onward.

Pete Docter, who directed the original film, will oversee the sequel as executive producer. Docter is now creative director at Pixar and also ran Monsters, Inc. and Up and Soul, so his continued involvement is promising news for fans.

He said to turn around Mann's pitch for the sequel was “really moving and very honest, very personal to him but also universal”. He added that the film is broader in scope and “a little more honest” than the original, and has “a real big heart.”

The screenplay was written by Meg LeFauve, who co-wrote the first Inside Out film with Josh Cooley and Docter. She also worked on The Good Dinosaur and Onward.


Inside Out 2 will be released in theaters on June 14