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Inside Out 2: 6 Things We Know About The Upcoming Pixar Sequel

Inside Out emotions Sadness, Anger, Fear, Disgust and Joy
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In 2015, Pixar's latest film seemed to set out to answer the question “what if feelings had feelings?” And with that, they delivered Inside Out, arguably one of the best Pixar films in years that not only connected with kids, but adults as well. The movie was critically acclaimed, and went on to win the Oscar for Best Animated Feature.

As has been the case with some of the most successful Pixar films, a sequel is usually not that far behind. And now, Inside Out is joining the list. While it’s not the first, it’ll most certainly not be the last. Even so, it’s exciting to see one of Pixar’s most beloved movies as of late get another story told. 

However, who is going to star in this film? And when is it going to be released? For all of your Inside Out 2 worries and queries, we know some things that you should keep in mind while we wait for this movie to come to theaters. 

Bill Hader as Fear in Inside Out (the left).

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Inside Out 2 Will Come Out In 2024 

Don’t think expect to find this one on the 2022 movie release schedule, because we won’t be seeing Inside Out 2 for at least two years. Announced originally at the 2022 D23 Expo and posted to the official Pixar Twitter page, it was confirmed that Inside Out 2 is expected to arrive in 2024. Per The Hollywood Reporter, Disney has set June 14, 2024 as the release date for the film.  

One thing that hasn't been specified is if Inside Out 2 was going to be just in theaters or if it was going to be a Disney+ release. Pixar hasn’t strayed in the past from releasing some of its movies on the streaming platform, with Soul, Luca and Turning Red all getting Disney+ exclusive releases. Lightyear, however, did get a theater release, but its box-office numbers weren’t what were expected, so who knows what is going to happen with Inside Out 2

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Amy Poehler Will Be Back As Joy

Oh, Joy! This is a joyous day indeed because Amy Poehler is going to be back to play Joy, the main emotion that we followed a good amount of in the first Inside Out. It was confirmed at the time of the announcement at D23 that she’s going to be around for the sequel, which is so fun to hear. Poehler has done plenty of great character roles, but her voice performance as Joy has always been one of my favorites. 

It hasn’t been confirmed yet if anyone else from the line-up of the previous emotions would be returning. For a refresher, these stars included Bill Hader, Mindy Kaling, Phyllis Smith, and Lewis Black. There’s also been some rumors that some stars from the original film might not be returning at all. Hopefully we'll have more information on who's in the cast in the coming months. 

Riley and her parents sit at the dinner table in Inside Out

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Inside Out 2 Will Take Place While Riley Is A Teenager

Bring on the boy bands and “it’s not a phase, mom!” because this is something that I am so excited to see. Confirmed as well at the D23 Expo, Amy Poehler said that Inside Out 2 is going to take place inside Riley’s head as a teenager. 

While I may be 23 (soon to be 24), I still remember very vividly what it was like to be a teenager and all the craziness that was happening at the time, so it’s going to be adventurous to see Riley’s head during her teenage years. And I always do love a good coming of age story. 

Joy, Sadness and Bing Bong in Inside Out

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There Will Be New Emotions Introduced

I don’t know why this idea scares me and yet excites me at the same time. Also at the D23 Expo, it was confirmed that there would be new emotions in Riley’s head during Inside Out 2. While what type of emotions she’ll have haven’t been announced, I can only imagine what on earth they are going to include.

Will it be the typical emotions teenagers usually face in those years like love? Or are we going to get into deeper emotions, such as anxiety? I’m so curious to see where this is going to take us. 

Onward Screenshot

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Kelsey Mann Is Set To Direct

Kelsey Mann is set to direct Inside Out 2.

While Mann has not directed a Pixar feature film previously, he has worked on the team behind many of them, including working on the story for The Good Dinosaur, as well as working as a creative consultant for the fun Disney+ original series, Monsters at Work. He also was a part of the creative team for Lightyear, and worked on the story for Onward. 

The previous film was directed by Pete Docter, who to me has to be considered Pixar royalty at this point. Docter directed three of my favorite Pixar films - Monsters, Inc., Up, and Soul, so he’s most certainly proved himself in the world of animation. But I’m eager to see what a fresh perspective will do for a sequel to a movie as beloved as Inside Out is.

Bing Bong, Joy, and Sadness in Inside Out

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Meg LeFauve Will Return To Pen The Script

While the director for the original movie won’t be returning, one of the original screenplay writers will be coming back for a second round. Pixar's announcement confirmed that Meg LeFauve, who co-wrote the screenplay for Inside Out, would be returning to pen the script for the sequel. 

This is super exciting news, considering I loved the story of Riley learning to adapt in this new environment and trying to process her emotions to properly deal with it, while also watching the journey of Joy learning to accept sadness as a part of Riley’s life. It was beautiful and heartwarming -- oh, and let’s not forget about my favorite scene-stealer, Bing Bong (yup, already crying). 

To hear that LeFauve will be returning to write has me even more excited for what’s to come, and I can’t wait to see what story she creates for this wonderful world of emotions again. 

What are you the most excited for with Inside Out? I can feel the joy jumping up and down inside of me... while fear is slowly rocking back and forth in a fetal position hoping that they end up doing this sequel right. But now I just need to wait patiently for 2024 to come. Ugh, can time go by quicker?  

Alexandra Ramos
Content Producer

Big nerd and lover of Game of Thrones/A Song of Ice and Fire. Will forever hate season eight. Superhero and horror geek. And please don't debate me on The Last of Us 2, it was amazing!