Michael Giacchino To Score Pixar’s ‘Inside Out’; Read The Film’s Official Synopsis

By May 27, 2014

From the Toy Story franchise to Ratatouille, from The Incredibles to Up and WALL*E, Finding Nemo, and Monsters, Inc., Pixar has spent the past couple of decades producing some of the greatest animated films of all time. 2014 will be the first year since 2005 that a new Pixar film will not arrive in theaters, but the company’s next project sounds like it could end up in the pantheon of animated classics alongside many of its Pixar brethren.

One of the myriad of reasons Pixar’s films are so great is the music, and composer Michael Giacchino has certainly left his mark on the company’s filmography. He’s handled the scores for The Incredibles, Ratatouille, Up, and Cars 2, and a few of their shorts as well, and now PixarPost reports the renowned musician will tackle Pixar’s latest effort, Inside Out. The film just received an official synopsis, so in case you’re little fuzzy on the details, here’s what this one will be about:

From the tepuis of South America to a monster-filled metropolis, Academy Award®-winning director Pete Docter has taken audiences to unique and imaginative places. In 2015, he will take us to the most extraordinary location of all – inside the mind of an 11-year-old named Riley.

Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it’s no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions – Joy (Amy Poehler), Fear (Bill Hader), Anger (Lewis Black), Disgust (Mindy Kaling) and Sadness (Phyllis Smith). The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley’s main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school.

Written by Toy Story 3 scribe Michael Arndt and directed by Up and Monsters, Inc. helmer Pete Docter, Inside Out sounds like it could be the most interesting film of Pixar’s filmography. Instead of being set in a faraway land or having a more outlandish premise like talking cars, this one is about the thoughts of a child; considering this plot, and the fact that Giacchino has created some of the most emotional pieces of music I’ve ever heard, it’s probably a safe bet to bring a tissue or two with you when Inside Out arrives in theaters on June 19, 2015. In the meantime, the composer will be busy crafting the scores for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Jupiter Ascending, Tomorrowland, and Jurassic World.

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