Skip to main content

Pixar gives a sneak-peek of new film 'Inside Out' – and Minnesota is in it


More than five years in the making, Pixar has this week marked the completion of its latest film – in which Minnesota plays a part.

Pixar has finished work on "Inside Out" and used the landmark this past week to talk about the process of putting the film together – which has proven particularly laborious since the plot takes place in two "worlds."

The film is the story of the emotions experienced by an 11-year-old girl named Riley as she moves with her family from their native Minnesota to San Francisco.

The crux of the film lies inside Riley's mind, as the plot focuses on five of her emotions: joy, sadness, fear, anger and disgust – voiced by comedy heavyweights including Amy Poehler, Bill Hader and Mindy Kaling – competing for control as she goes on the journey, the Washington Post reports.

Judging by the trailer, much of the story is likely to take place in San Francisco, as Riley struggles to adapt as she yearns for "her pleasant life in Minnesota," which coincides with Joy and Sadness falling out and disappearing.

But however small, Minnesota's involvement shouldn't come as a surprise given that the film's Oscar-winning director Pete Docter – who directed "Up" and "Monsters, Inc.," and co-wrote "Toy Story" and "Wall-E" – is a Minnesota native, hailing from Bloomington.

Docter graduated from John F. Kennedy High School, according to Pixartalk, before spending a year at the University of Minnesota where he took philosophy and art classes.

His interest in animation, the website says, started when he was just 8, when he would create his own animated flip books.

Docter left the U of M after just one year, moving to the California Institute of Arts where he created several films as a student. Eventually, he landed at Pixar, which is arguably considered the world's most respected animated film company.

Although not being referenced specifically, Minnesota also influenced the character and home town of Carl Fredrickson in "Up." Docter told MPR in 2009 that he felt the character was "Midwestern through and through."

"Inside Out" will be released on June 19, but is expected to get its full premiere at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival in France on May 15, Variety reports.

Next Up

Chris Finch

Hawks bury Timberwolves in 3-point barrage

Without D'Angelo Russell, the Wolves couldn't keep up with the Hawks.

P.J. Fleck, Gophers football

Kirk Ciarocca returning to Gophers as offensive coordinator

The architect of the 2019 offense will look to revive the Gophers.

Klobuchar - MTP - NBC screengrab

Klobuchar says Congress should pass law to protect abortion rights

Her comments came as the Supreme Court appears poised to weaken — or gut — Roe v. Wade

MPD missing Heard - crop 1_

Police ask for public's help finding Mpls. woman missing a week

The 36-year-old hasn't been seen or heard from recently.

unsplash cold winter breath dark

Hello, winter: List of the coldest wind chills in MN Monday morning

The state went from a relatively mild start of the season, to downright frigid wind chills.


1 CWD-positive deer in Brainerd Lakes area, so surveillance will continue

The CWD monitoring measures were supposed to end after this year.

unsplash - visitor patient doctor hospital emergency - crop

MN program will train, hire 1,000 nursing assistants for long-term care

The facilities are facing a severe staffing shortage.

Minnesota State Fair - main gate day 2021

Minnesota State Fair reestablishes a police department

The fair had been contracting with the Ramsey County Sheriff's Office.

teacher, covid, masks, school

Minnetonka to consider removing middle school mask requirement

The school board has been impressed by vaccination rates among middle school students.

snow, plow

Friday winter storm could hit Twin Cities, southern Minnesota

Meteorologist Sven Sundgaard is already monitoring the forecast.

Sauk Rapids Middle School street view, Minnesota - November 2018_

Teen student arrested for threats toward MN middle school

The Sauk Rapids middle school and high school were closed Monday.


Rally for trans child outed during Hastings school board race draws big crowd

Hastings has been in the spotlight since the child's family was featured in a CNN story.