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UPDATE! As predicted the other characters have been given their own individual one-sheets too, check them out after feeling Sadness above.

Even if you might be umming and ahhing over the news of another Toy Story film, there are still other projects in the Pixar pipeline consisting of characters we’ve never met before. One such entry is brain-based fantasy Inside Out, which has just revealed its first new character poster as well as a new preview. Ladies and gentlemen, say hello to Sadness. She’s a hoot.

I say preview, it’s more a brief hello and goodbye from Sadness, one of the key emotions we’ll be encountering in the upcoming animation. Voiced by The (American) Office’s Phyllis Smith, Sadness looks unlikely to crack a smile when we see her and why would she? She’s responsible for handling the rather upsetting times of Riley, an 11-year old girl who moves to San Francisco and is forced to adjust to a new city, school and home when her father gets a new job.

These emotional times are all handled by the inhabitants of Riley’s mind which is also known as Headquarters. From here Sadness works alongside Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black) and Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and together they try and guide this young whippersnapper through childhood and all the emotional moments that come with it.

The gang’s all here.
The gang’s all here.

Having looked at this sad looking member of Headquarters, it’s interesting to see that somewhere under that little blue mug, Smith's presence shines through. It’s something I’ve never really noticed with Pixar’s characters in the past leaving me slightly more intrigued to see more of the Inside Out inhabitants in action. Will this character just bring tears and upset though? Well, speaking to Mashable recently, Smith explained that there’s a lot more underneath that dreary face than you’d think.

“Sadness is fun in a sad way. She is smart and always thinking ahead. Since many of her scenes are with Joy, I usually say Sadness is a ball and chain around Joy’s ankle, and a challenge to Joy.”

Interestingly, her notable presence at Dundler-Mifflin as the gossip-scooping other half of Bob Vance (Vance Refrigeration) wasn’t where she was spotted for Inside Out, it was actually her supporting role in Bad Teacher that won her the part.

"I was told by the producer (Jonas Rivera) that he was watching Bad Teacher and saw me in the lunch scene and knew I was Sadness. He called [director] Pete Docter and said, ‘I think we found our Sadness.'"

You can see if they foundd the right lady for the part when the film arrives June 19, 2015. In the meantime be sure to keep an eye out for the other emotions that are expected to make an appearance soon.


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