Inside Out 2: Release date, cast and plot for Pixar sequel

'Take her to the moon for me, OK?'

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Pixar will return to the world of Inside Out with a sequel to the Oscar-winning animation.

The original 2015 film was set inside the mind of an 11-year-old girl, Riley, with her five main emotions personified as characters.

It was a huge box office hit and won critical acclaim, so it's little surprise that the studio has green-lit a follow-up.

Here's everything we know about Inside Out 2 so far.

Inside Out 2 release date

Inside Out 2 will be released in UK cinemas on 14 June, 2024, nine years after the original film came out. It will be made available to stream on Disney+ at a later date.

The long-awaited movie was officially announced by star Amy Poehler at Disney's D23 expo in September 2022, following years of speculation.

Still from Pixar's Inside Out
Inside Out 2 will be released in June 2024. (Pixar)

Director Pete Docter first discussed the prospect of a sequel in 2015, telling Entertainment Weekly: "There's no sequel idea from me at this point. Never say never." In early 2016, he said he would "explore" possible ideas for Inside Out 2 and "see what happens".

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Fans' hopes were dashed when Pixar announced it would focus on developing original films, rather than sequels, after the release of 2019's Toy Story 4. But the studio changed tack by releasing a Toy Story spin-off, Lightyear, in 2022, paving the way for both Inside Out 2 and Toy Story 5 to enter production.

Inside Out 2 plot

The original Inside Out ended with Riley's emotions discovering puberty, so the sequel will pick up where it left off by focusing on Riley's adolescence.

"In some ways, Inside Out set itself up for a sequel and we're going there," Poehler told People magazine, adding that the new film will be "deeper" than the original.

She said: "We're going to have what it feels like to be a teenager, the new emotions that live inside a young person's brain.

Still from Pixar's Inside Out
The original film starred Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling and Bill Hader. (Pixar/Disney)

"In many ways, it was really exciting. We knew exactly where we were. We go to the teen brain and we see the madness that lives inside there.

A lot has happened since the first film in terms of the emotional intelligence and how we think about mental health and how our emotions can affect us physically, and what's really going on inside our head."

Pixar previously tackled the topics of puberty and teen angst in 2022's Turning Red.

Inside Out 2 cast

The cast of Inside Out 2 remains largely under wraps. Poehler, who plays Joy, is the only star currently confirmed to return for the sequel. However, Phyllis Smith and Lewis Black are expected to reprise their roles as Sadness and Anger respectively, according to People.

"Take her to the moon for me, OK?" (Disney)
"Take her to the moon for me, OK?" (Disney)

Mindy Kaling has announced she won't return to voice Disgust, while Bill Hader will apparently not return as Fear. "I had a great time working on Inside Out and am sure Inside Out 2 will be great, but I'm not working on it," Kaling told The Wrap in January 2023.

Pixar has announced that new emotions will appear in the film, meaning that new voice actors will almost certainly be joining the cast.

Inside Out 2 crew

Pete Docter and Amy Poehler at the D23 expo
Pete Docter and Amy Poehler announced Inside Out 2 at the D23 expo. (The Walt Disney Company via Getty Images)

Inside Out 2 will be helmed by first-time director Kelsey Mann, who previously worked on Pixar films The Good Dinosaur, Monsters University, Lightyear and Onward.

Pete Docter, who directed the original film, will oversee the sequel as executive producer. Docter is now the Chief Creative Officer at Pixar, and he also directed Monsters, Inc., Up and Soul, so his continued involvement is promising news for fans.

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He told The Wrap that Mann's pitch for the sequel was "really poignant and very heartfelt, very personal to him but also universal". The film is broader in scope and a "little bit more truthful" than the original, he added, and has "a real great heart to it".

The script will be penned by Meg LeFauve, who co-wrote the first Inside Out with Josh Cooley and Docter. She also worked on The Good Dinosaur and Onward.