‘Inside Out 2’ Trailer: Pixar Sequel Introduces Anxiety, The Newest Of Teen Riley’s Emotions

Leave the Sadness behind and let the Joy ring, because today Pixar has dropped the first trailer for Inside Out 2. And this time, now-teenaged Riley has a new emotion to cope with. Here comes Anxiety!

Released in 2015, Inside Out centered on 11-year-old Riley and the jumble of emotions swirling inside of her: Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Disgust (Mindy Kaling), Fear (Bill Hader) and Anger (Lewis Black). But now as a 16-year-old, Riley must also deal with the arrival of the orange, frazzled Anxiety, voiced by Stranger Things star Maya Hawke.

Tony Hale replaces Bill Hader as the voice of Fear, while Liza Lapira takes over the voice of Disgust.

The film finds Riley struggling to adjust to the move from Minnesota to San Francisco, coupled with growing up into a young woman.

Kelsey Mann takes over as director of Inside Out 2 after acting as story supervisor on Onward and Monsters University. The script is by Meg LeFauve, who co-wrote the prior movie.

Here’s the official synopsis: Disney and Pixar’s “Inside Out 2” returns to the mind of newly minted teenager Riley just as headquarters is undergoing a sudden demolition to make room for something entirely unexpected: new Emotions! Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear and Disgust, who’ve long been running a successful operation by all accounts, aren’t sure how to feel when Anxiety shows up. And it looks like she’s not alone. Maya Hawke lends her voice to Anxiety, alongside Amy Poehler as Joy, Phyllis Smith as Sadness, Lewis Black as Anger, Tony Hale as Fear, and Liza Lapira as Disgust. Directed by Kelsey Mann and produced by Mark Nielsen, “Inside Out 2” releases only in theaters Summer 2024.


Travis Hopson
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