‘Inside Out 2’ Teaser Introduces Some Anxiety Into The Mix On Game Day

Pixar is getting emotional again.

Disney, just a day after emphasizing that more sequels and franchises are the order of the day, has dropped a new teaser for one of their most anticipated sequels, Inside Out 2. The original film, released in 2015, earned more than $850M but most importantly it earned some of the best reviews ever for Pixar. And there was pretty good reason storywise to do another.

The original movie centered on 11-year-old Riley, and took us inside her mind to follow her emotions; Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust, and Sadness, as they coped with a move into a new city and everything that comes with it. But now, Riley is a teenager and there’s a new emotion to add to the mix: Anxiety.

In this new clip, we see what happens when Riley’s hockey game gets interrupted by a hearty dose of anxiety.

Amy Poehler returns to voice Joy, joined by Phyllis Smith as Sadness, and Lewis Black as Anger. Tony Hale has replaced Bill Hader as Fear, while Liza Lapira has filled in for Mindy Kaling as Disgust. Stranger Things star Maya Hawke voices the newest emotion, Anxiety. There’s also a role for June Squibb that remains a mystery.

Here’s the 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.

Kelsey Mann makes his feature directorial from a script by Oscar-nominated writer Meg LeFauve. Inside Out 2 opens in theaters on June 14th.

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.