Amy Poehler, Neil Patrick Harris, Bill Hader, and Many More Announced For New Pixar Movies
by Rebecca Pahle | 12:55 pm, August 11th, 2013
A lot’s been going down at Disney’s D23 Expo. First there was the announcement of Finding Dory‘s voice cast (ohai Diane Keaton!). Then we found out Tom Hiddleston will be playing Captain Hook. And now two more Pixar movies have actors attached: The Good Dinosaur (Pixar does dinosaurs, yesssss), and Inside Out, which takes place inside the head of a young girl. Head behind the cut for more info on both films and whose voices you’ll be hearing when you go see them.
First up, The Good Dinosaur: As previously announced, it’ll take place in a world where dinosaurs never went extinct, but humans still evolved like normal, so the two groups exist together. *sniff* It sounds so beautiful.
The main character will be voiced by Raising Hope‘s Lucas Neff; other dinosaurs will be played by John Lithgow and Frances McDormand as Poppa and Momma dinosaur, plus Bill Hader, Neil Patrick Harris, and Judy Greer as their kids.
Such… a… good… cast… *dies*
When it comes to Inside Out, director Pete Docter‘s follow-up to Up, we actually have some new plot information in addition to casting. Via BuzzFeed:
The young girl, Riley, has her own world, and then the world inside her brain is a second setting. It has a control center — think of something like The Truman Show — and then massive areas throughout the brain, from imagination (it looks like a film studio) and abstract thought (it looks abstract!) and even memory, which looks like something out of Blade Runner’s setting. The various emotions all contribute to running the place, which is connected by the Train of Thought — literally, a train.
The emotions are the main characters in the movie; they’re the ones pictured in the new concept art at the top of this post. From left to right, they will be played by:
Fear: Bill Hader (hi again!)
Sadness: Phyllis Smith
Joy: Amy Poehler
Disgust: Mindy Kaling
Anger: Lewis Black (naturally)
According to a press release put out by Pixar Riley is actually “not the main character but the setting for the film.” Apparently the main, or at least “most important” character, is Poehler’s Joy, so it looks like it’ll still be a female-lead film even if the female in question is an anthropomorphized emotion and not a pre-teen girl.
The Good Dinosaur is scheduled for release on May 30, 2014, while we’ll have to wait until June 19, 2015 for Inside Out. Unknown at this point is who John Ratzenberger will be playing in both films, but we can rest easy that he’s going to show up somewhere, because he’s John Ratzenberger, and it is Law.
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