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Amy Poehler, Neil Patrick Harris, Bill Hader, and Many More Announced For New Pixar Movies

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.

(via: The Hollywood Reporter, BuzzFeed, /Film)

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  • Anonymous

    Amy Poehler is always Joy

  • Charlie

    Is that super meat boy?

  • Ashe

    Okay, I am happy. I was very nervous that all the little anthropomorphizations were going to be coded boys, thus keeping up with Pixar’s track record of boys always running the show, so seeing that THREE of them are girls?

    And the main one that gets most of the focus is still one of the girls?



    (also, Anger reminds me of Danny DeVito and I am therefore sad he is not voicing him)

  • Anonymous

    I was gonna say that! He looks like Meat Boy! (And SMB probably came out around the time they first started developing the movie, which makes me wonder if it really IS just a coincidence…)

  • Anonymous

    I’m kind of bummed out that sadness is personified as a fat female. :/

  • Anonymous

    Oh, wow, I hope Joy is as fantastic a character as she looks. That one picture of her makes me so happy just by looking at her.

  • Anonymous

    No, I think he’s Mr. Angry from the Mr. Men series by Roger Hargreaves.

  • Anonymous

    On the other hand, three female characters with varied body types…

  • Fiona

    Honestly, she reminds me of me. Plus, the ‘sadness’ is a varied body type that many girls are ‘sad’ to think they have. But Sadness is also adorable and beautiful despite her sadness and her body type, which is what a lot of sadness reflects after the fact. Despite what you first see, the sadness, there is also the better side to things.

    She isn’t ‘fat’ either, only when compared to other impossibly tiny Disney characters. Sure, her face is a bit wide but who cares. A realistically proportioned female for a lead role in Disney. There isn’t much to complain about here.

  • Mark Wyman

    Was so hoping Mr. Angry was going to be the one played by NPH.

  • Robert Vary

    It’s funny, I’m pretty sure my anger is ALSO played by Lewis Black.