Monday, December 5, 2011

Pixar's 'Mind Movie' Set Inside Girl's Brain

John Lasseter was on the Charlie Rose show on Friday and made an illuminating comment regarding Pixar's currently untitled movie set inside the human mind:
"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."
No clues were provided when the film was announced in August, but it sounds like this will be the second Pixar feature to have a female main character, after next summer's Brave.

Docter has a teenage daughter himself (named Elle, like Mrs. Fredricksen in Up), so perhaps his parenting experiences were an inspiration for the story.

The Untitled Pixar Movie that Takes You Inside The Mind is set to open May 30, 2014.

(via The Pixar Times)

26 comments:

David Kang said...

it's still mysterious...

Is your name Mater Too? said...

Sounds so awesome. I wonder what will happen.

Nini said...

It's weird, it's a great original concept for a film but I'm left feeling like it's too esoteric even for Pixar. We'll see.

Lauren said...

That sounds a lot like Cranium Command which used to be at the Wonders of Life pavillion in EPCOT.

Robby said...

Still very mysterious but I'm super excited for it!

Joanna said...

Oh please oh please oh please let this not be about boys or fitting in or feeling awkward. Please let her emotions be about having to deal with fighting giant robots or going on adventures to South America or something cool. More Ellies!

Anonymous said...

Wow... I really, REALLY can't help but think if you're doing a movie about a girl's mind, you should have a woman directing...

I mean, no matter which way you look at it, without that female input, this is going to be a movie about a male's interpretation of a female mind. Why would any guy want to do that? Wouldn't it just make WAY more sense and ultimately be SAFER to hand it over to a female director? Or co-direct? Etc?

I'm all for the increase in female characters, but there're crucial elements female creators can add that a male just may not think about... this seems like such a no-brainer opportunity for Pixar to bring in a female director at last...

A movie like that could redefine how female character's are written and portrayed in the future of animation. It has the potential to be very powerful that way, but also to be a very tricky thing to pull off...

Anonymous said...

I am worried, for reasons to do with the previous comment.

Pixar is going to pull their sexist-female interpretations. You know this movie is going to be about a bunch of "masculine" characters whose universe is an emotionally unstable girl. I can just see it now: a stupid buddy comedy with two stupid boy characters going "Oh! did you feel that earthquake! She must be having a tantrum!"

Complete. Total. Sexism.

Darrell said...

After hearing this news, this movie sounds like crap. Bring on the dinosaur movie!

Nate said...

Speak for yourself anonymous #1 and #2.

Because youre being sooooooo unsexist, I'm sure youre both masters on the subject. :Sarcasm:

Brent said...

I'm really looking forward to this one.

Anonymous said...

Wow, I'm kind of shocked with all of the skeptical and negative comments about the Mind Movie. It's going to be awesome. And I think it's ridiculous to think that you need to have a female director if the main character is female. If you want a good example in animation, watch any film directed by Hayao Miyazaki. Lots of his films have female protagonists, despite the fact that the director is a man! And guess what?! It's fine! And guess what else, they're not sexist! :O

I have no idea why Darrell now thinks the movie will be crap. The only new news about this film is that the protagonist is female. Wow, way to judge a film before there's any new info about it.

We know nothing about the film, so it's completely unfair to judge it at this point, I like the basic idea a lot. It sounds a bit like a film version of Tim Schafer's Psychonauts.

Darrell said...

It looks like crap because it may turn out to be a girly movie, however cool some of the animation and effects and all that stuff are.

Alexandro Fantino said...

Darrel, I am not listening to your opinion because YOU LIKE CARS 2! After all, that's a better way to judge someone than by its gender.

I completely agree with Joanna! Actually, I couldn't agree more! I hope this girl's story is anything but mundane.

I used to think this project would tell a story more in the line of Inception, but now it sounds as a new concept to me. I'm fine with that as long as it's not about silly girly stuff.

And to the sexists, please don't feel offended by Pixar, feel offended by yourselves for you are all being victims of your own sexism. Pixar's said nothing about sexist lines...

Anonymous said...

It sounds a lot to me like the old TV show "Herman's Head"...

Darrell said...

Oh does no one care about the opinions of the Cars 2 police just because Cars 2 supposedly sucks (IT DOES NOT)? Not listening to your opinions either.

I hoped that this would be something along the lines of Inception as well. But now? I'll probably watch it just on DVD unless something changes. Just like Brave, which I am still thinking to be Pixar's first flop even after seeing the trailer.

Snookiepook said...

Well, no, see, Darrell has an opinion. Many, many opinions. Several opinions that seem to piss people off. He's horribly judgemental, and doesn't seem to ever actually accept anything until he actually sees it. If not, he just has a bias. This, for example, he doesn't like because of girly stuff. What a fantastic reason! I hated Tangled because the protagonist was a girl, and not a Chameleon! It would have been SO much more interesting if it was a Chameleon! I mean, you'd get to see the inner workings of one of natures most interesting creatures! He'd hop around being all cutesy and stuff, and we wouldn't be able to focus on a surprisingly heartfelt and engaging story about two misfit characters finding their place with the help of a badass horse. I'd hate to see THAT movie! Maybe we could see this movie in the mind of a guy so we can see how guys work! Or maybe we could just stick with girls because we already know how guys work. Or maybe we could just accept that the protaginist is a girl because either way the concept would have worked because even if it glosses over girly girly stuff, this is done from a director who's a father of a daughter. That, and probably one of the greatest pixar directors. He'd probably just defame his daughter's gender by exploiting stereotypes and stuff, and not show what it's like to be a girl from the father who raised her. Sure, it'd probably make more sense if it was directed by a FEMALE, but, this guy directed Up, a fantastic character based movie. Even if it didn't really have a girl character, Ellie was based after his daughter. I'd be damned if I didn't want to see a movie about a character as sweet and innocent as Ellie. Of course, I digress.

(Switching between being sarcastic and truthful is fun. :D)

Anonymous said...

"..a male's interpretation of a female mind. Why would any guy want to do that? Wouldn't it just make WAY more sense and ultimately be SAFER to hand it over to a female director?"

Joss Whedon (co-writer of Toy Story and creator of Buffy) is brilliant at it. David E. Kelly (Ally McBeal, Harry's Law) is great too.

It's certainly possible for men to create and understand proper female characters.

Anonymous said...

In my opinion this idea is so odd that it is going to be really hard to make it enjoyable. Sounds almost as if they are trying to compensate for the trite Cars series in one film.

As for the gender hooey, if you don't like the movies Pixar makes, go make your own.

Snookiepook said...

Never said it wasn't, I was making fun of similar arguments. ;) I love anything that this director touches, and your examples are perfect too. I can honestly say that I'm incredibly excited for this, I've been extremely pumped from the start. The concept is, honestly, only MILDLY original (It's been done) but because it has the right director and team, it doesn't really matter. The character designs are going to be so cool!

Anonymous said...

Never meant to imply men can't write competent female characters. The concept just seems so... niche? Concentrated? I can't help but wonder if it isn't a given for a female to direct THIS, then what?

Plus we have to remember, this isn't Buffy. This is family entertainment and Pixar LOVES their gags. How many ways could they convince anyone to green-light a project like this without any gags based on gender or heaven forbid, the stereotype?

It'll be very interesting to see. But as for now, with any concept that has such a huge potential to be handle improperly, we can all only sit and imagine what the heck this film will be about.

Anonymous said...

People are worrying about this the same way people were worrying about WALL-E. "Panic! Pixar is doing something different! However can they achieve this?!!"
Relax folks, with a screenplay by Michael Arnt, and direction by Pete Docter, I can almost guarantee that this film will be awesome.

Darrell said...

Dude I was never worried about WALL-E. I thought it looked fantastic from the start. Ratatouille was the only other one besides Brave and this new one that I've ever been worried about, and it still turned out to be pretty good--even if poor in comparison to other Pixar flicks.

Anonymous said...

Darrell, when you say that Ratatouille is weaker compared to other Pixar films, do you mean to say that Cars 2 was better than Ratatouille. If so, your heretical views truly know no bounds.

Darrell said...

...Maybe. They're probably both on the same page. They've both got their weaknesses but they're both still pretty good. But if I were stuck on an island and had to choose between the two... I'd take Cars 2 for the laughs.

Gavin said...

I can't wait to see the new movie