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Dec072011

John Lasseter says Pixar's next movie "takes you inside the mind"

Pixar is one of the most successful and adventurous movie studios out there. Though we feared that it may fall into a sequel rut now that it’s owned by Disney, it looks like the studio already has another original project brewing after Brave. And guess what? It may also star a girl—or her mind, at least.

John Lasseter, head of Pixar and all Disney animation, spent an hour with Charlie Rose where he spoke about the origins of George Lucas, Steve Jobs, and all things Pixar. The interview is quite interesting (watch it here). Toward the end of the interview he spoke briefly on some upcoming projects from Pixar, including a new one from Pete Doctor. 

“Pete Docter, from Monsters, Inc. and Up, is doing a new film that takes place inside of a girl’s mind and it is about her emotions as characters, and that is unlike anything you’ve ever seen,” said Lasseter.

Sounds fascinating. There have been plenty of movies that have tried to get into the world of dreams and the mind, but they usually are very specific (Inception) or turn into a garbled mess. The Pixar Times located the official synopsis for the film:

Pixar takes audiences on incredible journeys into extraordinary worlds: from the darkest depths of the ocean to the top of the tepui mountains in South America; from the fictional metropolis of Monstropolis to a futuristic fantasy of outer space. From director Pete Docter (“Up,” “Monsters, Inc.”) and producer Jonas Rivera (“Up”), the inventive new film will take you to a place that everyone knows, but no one has ever seen: the world inside the human mind.

From the sounds of it, each of the emotions inside of a girl’s head will be a character and they will all go on some sort of journey together (or separately), I’d imagine, to resolve a crisis of some sort. We all go through internal battles several times a day, where our instincts battle our intellect and our fears battle our hopes. How deep will Pixar delve into the human mind?

If this all sounds too strange, keep in mind that Pete Doctor has helped concieve and write a number of Pixar classics and directed Monsters Inc. and Up. The only problem: we’ll have to wait until May 30, 2014 to see it. 

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