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It's been five months since we saw the first teaser for Pixar's Inside Out, and only three months since the first full trailer. This new trailer begins with elements from both of these promos, as well as some tidbits from the more recent Super Bowl and Puppy Bowl TV spots, and then moves on to show us even more.

How much more?

Let's find out! First, let's watch the trailer from start to finish:

OK, did you get all that?

In case you didn't, here's a pretty detailed breakdown, starting with...

0.01--0.28 seconds:

Riley, the film's protagonist
Riley, the film's protagonist

Like I said before, the first thirty seconds focus on the familiar dinner scene from the last trailer. We know the family has just moved to San Francisco, and Riley's having a hard time adjusting. This is the point in the movie that will have the most conflict, from what I can tell.

We see captions during these thirty seconds that set up the idea that everyone has "voices" inside their head (which is a little creepy, but truthful).

The soundtrack is on point, by the way. Beginning with that vibrant strumming sets the tone for a rebirth of Pixar's great films if you ask this fanboy.


Now we're on to the movie's heroine, Riley. We already know she's 11-years-old, so expect Puberty to be the film's main antagonist.

In this fun scene, we hear Joy (voiced by Amy Poehler) introduce herself and the other furry feelings as Riley's personified emotions. The scene is visualized by Riley walking down a sidewalk in her new town (trust me, I live in San Francisco. That's San Francisco).

She looks pretty happy, and this is because Joy is in command of her head. You'll see that Riley sees something in front of her, and after Joy just presses a button, Riley is prompted to slide down a stair railing, and she nails the landing.

What's interesting is that the emotions are cheering upon this. All of them, not just Joy. One thing I've wondered since this movie came out is how the politics of Riley's head work out.

Anger, Fear, Disgust, and Sadness are starkly different to Joy, so how do they decide who gets to do what?

From what I can tell, the dominant emotions calls the shots, which makes sense to me, especially when you consider how "Sadness" controlled the head of Riley's mom, and "Anger" controlled her dad.

The movie will probably make a point to say that all of your emotions are important, but they must be balanced. Having "Fear" as the dominant emotion doesn't make you less of a normal person, basically.


Now that we've been briefed on Riley's emotions, Joy explains how Riley's memories work (again, this is just a refresher of info we've gathered from previous trailers. Hang tight.)

Riley's memories are contained in small, yellow orbs. The emotions can use them to play back memories in Riley's head.

Joy explains that most of Riley's memories are pretty happy ("Not to brag," she says). We see a younger riley jumping on a trampoline with her parents and playing hockey with them. This is clearly taking place in Minnesota, which is where they used to live.


"I wanted to maybe hold one." That's what Sadness says as she touches the orb currently playing the hockey memory above. When she does this, the orb changes to blue (the color of sadness).

This is intercut with the dinner scene, when Riley's mom asks her if she's OK, but Riley dismisses her. Personally, I think this is edited for the trailer, and it's likely the dinner scene happens some time after this incident.

Then Joy tries to "rub" the orb to make it happy again, but Sadness protests and tries to stop Joy.

It's clear what's happening. Riley was happy at first when she thought of her family playing hockey together, but once Sadness touched the orb, she realized she was sad because they had moved.

This is just brilliant.


"The CORE memories!" Fear screams this as Joy and Sadness accidentally spill a few orbs onto the ground, which then get sucked into a tube.

What are the core memories? My guess is that they represent the ones that mostly influence Riley's personality, and what makes Joy her dominant emotion. They must be things that she cherishes, hence the usage of the word core.

They were being held together on some sort of platform when Joy accidentally fell and made them fall out during her struggle with Sadness.

Joy tries to stop the orbs from getting out of reach, but she gets sucked into the tube as well, and Sadness along with her (she was just trying to help).

"Can I say that curse word now?"
"Can I say that curse word now?"

The other emotions freak out as they realize they've lost Joy and Sadness. Hilarious line from Lewis Black as Anger, by the way.

Quick note: the decor of Riley's "head" is pretty revealing here. That pattern in the back looks like one of the flowers on a shirt Riley likes to wear. This makes me wonder how the other "heads" look depending on the person.


"More than a Feeling" by Boston starts playing. Somehow, this works even better than the last song they used, "Sweet Emotion" by Aerosmith. It really, sincerely works for this trailer. Almost too much.

Blink and you'll miss this quick shot of where the tube takes Joy and Sadness. It looks like her mind has several island platforms that connect the different types of "thought."

These platforms look like amusement parks to me (fitting for a child). The one in the middle has a mountain with steps, making it look like something out of Greek Mythology.

The one on the left is hard to make out except for the sculptures at the back of it, which resemble two parents with their child. And the one on the right has a trophy sitting next to two hockey sticks. I'm guessing that island will have something to do with Riley's ego or competitive nature?

Regardless, Joy and Sadness end up in a "ball pit" of memories. Their big challenge will clearly be to assemble Riley's core memories. Perfect storytelling, because as they assemble these pieces, they'll be reminded of what makes Riley the person she is. You sly studio.

It's hard to tell how many memories they lose track of. Later in the trailer, we see Joy holding a few, but I doubt they have all of them.


"oh, I wish Joy was here!" - Fear
"oh, I wish Joy was here!" - Fear

With Joy and Sadness gone, the other emotions have to "run" Riley's head. This is immediately shown to be chaotic, as multiple emotions vie for dominance, and no one seems to know how to make everything work.

So yeah, puberty. I can think of many times when feelings of fear, disgust, and anger made a mess out of me during my own preteen years. This is going to affect a lot of people, I predict.

And their struggle for control isn't without its consequences. The scene above is most likely edited for the trailer because it shows Riley with the yellow jacket she wore on her first day of school, and this is probably before Joy and Sadness get sucked out of the control room.

I'm starting to get a picture for how this movie is playing out. Something traumatic happened on Riley's first day of school, and it was enough to make her cry. She was happy on the way to school, as we saw earlier with the railing (same jacket).

But by dinner, her jacket has zipped down slightly, and she has the same personality as Disgust (voiced by Mindy Kaling).

Also, you can see a new platform in that image way above. There's stars, hearts, and what could be a rainbow.


"We just have to get back to Headquarters." - Joy
"We just have to get back to Headquarters." - Joy

We now know that Joy and Sadness ended up in long-term memory, and Joy has managed to keep track of (hopefully) all of Riley's core memories. But as Sadness points out, "you can get lost" in something as expansive as long-term memory, which appears to be a maze.

Think about it. That area has every memory Riley has ever had. If they lose the core memories in this place, they're finished. Or they may get lost themselves.

What I'm wondering is how they plan to get back to Headquarters from where they landed. Because this is a trailer, the geography is a little tough to track.

"Think positive!" - Joy
"Think positive!" - Joy

Side note: I love that these two are voiced by main characters from Parks and Recreation and The Office (that's Phyllis voicing Sadness). You may remember that Parks was inspired by The Office and has served as a veteran comedy replacement show since it ended last year (and has also finished its run a year later).


The trailer shows off another funny moment with Fear in control of Riley. This time, a light flashes in her room, which scares her.

"Was that a bear?" Fear asks, frightened.

"There are no bears in San Francisco," replies Disgust.

"I saw a really hairy guy. He looked like a bear," Anger retorts.

Pixar with the subtle jokes. Though that may also go over the head of many adults.

Also, I'm really loving the amount of comedic timing they're giving Anger/Lewis Black. He's going to own this movie's biggest laughs, I think.


Riley falls asleep as Joy gazes upon the glow-in-the-dark stars on her ceiling. Pixar is really going for the relatable feels, everyone.

I also want to note that the idea of "See the world from the inside out," which the trailer captions, will probably be a major focus of the film's "big idea." They wouldn't toss around the name of the movie so casually if it wasn't.

But what will that really mean? We'll find out eventually.


Two big things to point out in this quick second. First, that island platform with the hearts and stars was actually Imagination Land (I knew it!). And if you look closely, you can see a funny-looking creature walking ahead of them.

This is actually Riley's imaginary friend, Bing Bong. His character was leaked some time ago amidst some of the toy manufacturing (and he'll apparently show up in the first five minutes, though that isn't confirmed).

It makes perfect sense that Riley's imaginary friend will guide Joy and Sadness through Imagination Land, but why are they bothering to go there in the first place? They should be headed toward Headquarters.

My guess is that they're still short a few core memories, which could have been separated by multiple sorting tubes. Another idea is that someone could have stolen the memories.

One of the character groups we haven't seen yet is the faction of creatures that get rid of memories Riley doesn't need anymore. I won't be surprised if they try to get rid of her core memories based on the chaos caused by the other emotions.


Next, we see Joy and Sadness visit Dream Productions, which is a movie studio for all of Riley's, well, dreams.

I absolutely love the creativity behind this idea. When you think about it, our favorite dreams are the ones that come off as standalone movies with surreal moments and impossible situations.

And it makes sense that Joy and Sadness are familiar with the main characters of these dreams, as we see. After all, our emotions process what our dreams tell us, and seeing Joy be a total fan girl when she sees Rainbow Unicorn hits close to home.

"Okay, bye. I love you!" - Joy
"Okay, bye. I love you!" - Joy


A lot happens in these few seconds. First, we see a wrecking ball decimating a castle in what appears to be an island representing Riley's childhood innocence.

This is probably a result of "Puberty" trying to get rid of Riley's sense of youth, which is pretty normal for preteens (I'm no therapist, but just look at that symbolism).

Then we see Joy sprinting across one of the frontiers of Riley's head, with what looks like an oil rig platform in the distance (this is probably the station for the "Train of Thought").

Also, Headquarters looks really cool from a distance, and somehow, Sadness is way off in the distance floating on a cloud. Interesting...

We then see Sadness on the cloud, but in some kind of jungle with Joy. I'm inclined to believe Sadness can create these clouds on her own, representing the idea of a sad rain cloud. I'm not really sure, but what else would you expect from the emotion "crying" rain?

This would align with Anger's ability to shoot fire from his head, after all.

Is this Imagination Land?
Is this Imagination Land?


We're back to Riley! And I think we're watching what happens in the very beginning of the movie. First we see Riley having fun with imaginary drums, and Joy is dancing along with her. And if you look closely, you'll see moving boxes in the back.

From the look of it, this is the same house from the dinner scene, and those boxes weren't there by then. So this must be before everything goes haywire with Riley's emotions and memory.

This is supported by the next frame, which shows Riley playing hockey and getting scooped up along with her mom by her dad (wow, he's strong).

The room is empty, so they're clearly in the process of moving in. And they're obviously having tons of fun while doing it. This should be the poster for children with no siblings:

I mean seriously, I already love these characters. How did Pixar do this?


Look, if you've ever been to San Francisco, then you know the struggle for good pizza is real. Tony's Coal-Fired is the only good joint, but there's no parking.

Anyway, Lewis Black owns yet another scene as Anger with this memorable line:



Things take a turn for the Up as we watch Joy watching a memory of Riley spending time with her family turn blue.

With her turning "blue" (emotionally):

And then Pixar finishes us off with:

This movie is going to make many people cry their faces off. Something about this scene makes me think Riley will run away at some point. I wouldn't be surprised if she let her fear of San Fransisco drive her to leaving for Minnesota again. Maybe. They're just dressed so warmly as if they've been looking everywhere for Riley.


The caption is Pixar telling us to "never fear," which is followed by a nightmarish clown screaming, "Where's the birthday girl!"

Why, Pixar?

The clown is after Joy and Sadness in a dark version of the jungle they were in earlier. I'm still wondering where this must be, but since Riley awakens moments later...

...I'm inclined to believe they're in Dream Productions at this point, but Riley's chaotic day without Joy and Sadness has caused a nightmare.

I love, though, that Joy and Sadness can still have somewhat of an impact on Riley's experiences from the other island platforms. Expect more of that.


This next shot was a clever way to summarize the emotions in a fun way by doing the "brain freeze" scene from the Super Bowl TV spot. We see each emotion get frozen when Riley takes a deep sip from something out of 7-11 (hey, maybe we'll see the Dinoco gas station somewhere!)

My guess (based on the scenery and Riley's clothes) is that this scene is in Minnesota, and that girl must be Riley's best friend. I can imagine the movie starting out happy here in order to set up Riley as a character and what she's leaving behind.


OK, so here's a freeze frame worth freezing. We see Joy telling Sadness to "hang on," and then we see them in some sort of wagon with two brooms that exhaust a rainbow, propelling them far into the sky.

But that's definitely not Joy or Sadness sitting at the back of that thing. Look closely at the color of the "thing" there:

That looks a lot like our old friend Bing Bong, and judging from the imaginative science behind that vehicle, I'm guessing they find a sweet ride in Imagination Land (I also think this will be one of the last locations they visit based on what we've seen).


The character credits begin, and we see the voice actors behind each emotion. But what will really catch your eye is this hockey scene, and the easter egg it's hiding:

Its been pretty well-established that hockey is the sport of choice in Riley's home, as we've seen a fair number of these scenes. This particular one is probably set in San Francisco, but it could be in Minnesota as well, since an early description of the movie talked about Riley's memory of scoring her "first goal" in hockey.

We see Riley fall, of course, which makes me think this is later in the movie (if it was toward the beginning, things would probably be working out fine for her).

And yes, this all matters. If you look closely at the banners at the back of that ice rink, you'll see the words "Tri-County Youth League." This is a banner showcasing the team that has even made it to All-State Division Champs.

This is an easter egg for Toy Story.

The movie, Toy Story, takes place in a fictional city called Tri-County, which is actually in the Bay Area.

No, they don't mean Tri-County as in "the Tri-County area." Toy Story goes to incredible lengths to push that the town is actually called Tri-County, California.

From the garbage truck in Toy Story 3,

To the airport in Toy Story 2,

And many other mentions, even from the characters themselves.

Judging from how they're talking about "Tri-County Youth Hockey" on that banner, Inside Out is giving a pretty subtle nod to the first Pixar movie, and may even exist pretty closely to where Andy lives. No promises.


One of the last big things we see is the collapse of one of the island platforms, and we even see Joy and Sadness running from a separate incident.

Is that Goofball Island?
Is that Goofball Island?

The platform above has some sort of gavel. But the one we see Joy and Sadness running from is the "oil rig" from before.

What's causing these platforms to collapse? Is Riley having some sort of nervous breakdown?

Look closely, and you'll also see where long-term memory really exists. See those ripples on the surface of Riley's head? Those are clearly all of her memories flowing around the platforms. The geography is finally starting to click.

I forgot to mention that Bing Bong gets yet another appearance! This time, somewhere in long-term memory:

That's him, alright, with Riley's "flower pattern" on his chest. I'm loving how intricate and connected everything in her head is.

Also, I'm predicting that Bing Bong is voiced by John Ratzenberger (his official casting is currently TBA, and so is Bing Bong's).

Wrapping up...

Thanks for reading this trailer breakdown. I'm sure plenty of you picked up on things I missed, so please voice them in the comments, along with your thoughts on the trailer.

Mine are pretty simple. The movie looks incredibly well-thought out (pun intended). The animation is as gorgeous as we were hoping, and the characters are finally showing that this movie will be as emotional as it is lovable, especially in regards to Riley's family.

What works with this movie goes beyond good storytelling and creativity. It actually feels like a story Pixar wants to tell. Not just a fun movie that can show off how good they are at making movies. It shows that Pete Docter would've moved imaginary mountains to tell this story, so I can't wait to finally see it.

Inside Out gets inside your head, June 19.


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