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'Inside Out': Amy Poehler to Lead Best Pixar Movie Ever

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Writer-director Pete Docter has been giving Disney-Pixar the goodness for quite a while now, what with penning the stories for "Toy Story" and "Wall-E" as well as taking the helm for "Monsters Inc." and "Up." Now, the good Docter's ready to get all introspective and psychological-like for his next animated feature, "Inside Out."

The film concept and cast was introduced at Disney's D23 Expo last weekend by the studio's chief creative officer, John Lasseter, who described the story as "one of the most unique films [he's] ever been associated with — a magical, wonderful, original film."

"Inside Out" centers on an 11-year-old named Riley, who is uprooted from the hockey-happy Minnesota on to San Francisco, and the five emotions that occupy her mind. Those five emotions and their struggles to gain control over Riley's consciousness, by the by, are central to the flick.

From left to right as pictured, they are Fear (Bill Hader), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Joy (Amy Poehler), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Anger (Lewis Black).

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Disney-Pixar reportedly teased some footage at their con, showing that Riley's mind is HQ for the five emotional characters, with Joy in the lead as the one who files away certain memories for DVD-esque recall. But with the transition to San Fran at bay, Joy and Sadness are given the boot, leaving Fear, Disgust and Anger with the mental reins.

Riley's mind won't be the only setting for the pic, though. One scene previewed at the event showed a dinner table discussion involving her and her parents, with the parents' psyches on full animated display along with a glimpse from the outside ("real world") as well.

"Inside Out" is expected to hit theaters on June 19, 2015.

For fun, contrast the new pic with this original concept art piece revealed for the pic. Quite a difference, yes?

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