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Joy and the Gang Are Joined by a New Emotion in the First Teaser Trailer for Pixar's 'Inside Out 2'

Meet Anxiety, with 'Stranger Things' star Maya Hawke on vocal duties.
By Sarah Ward
November 10, 2023
By Sarah Ward
November 10, 2023

With 2020's Soul and 2023's Elemental, Pixar took a few cues from its gorgeous 2015 hit Inside Out, but the animated studio isn't done with emotions having emotions. After the original Oscar-winning film spent time inside an 11-year-old's head, seeing how joy, fear, sadness, anger and disgust bounce around her mind, Inside Out 2 will reach cinemas in June 2024 to explore the feelings coursing through the now-teenage Riley. As the just-dropped first teaser trailer shows, she has a newcomer in anxiety.

Like Riley herself (who was voiced by Transmission's Kaitlyn Dias in the first movie), the emotions that she's experiencing aren't just sensations — they're characters trying to guide their human in the best way they can. And when Anxiety (Maya Hawke, Stranger Things) shows up, Joy (Amy Poehler, Moxie), Fear (Tony Hale, Quiz Lady), Sadness (Phyllis Smith, Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar), Anger (Lewis Black, The Last Laugh) and Disgust (Liza Lapira, The Equalizer) aren't quite sure how to react.

The first sneak peek at Inside Out 2 hints at more emotions joining the fold, too, although exactly what they'll be — and who'll voice them — hasn't been announced. The poster for the film shows three other new figures trying to burst through alongside the orange-hued Anxiety, but without enough detail to reveal who they are.

Everyone who has been a teenager knows the whirlwind of feelings that can spring, however, and therefore why Riley's mind is about to get crowded. And, you'll also recognise that Anxiety isn't about to just become a barely seen sidekick.


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Fans of the first Inside Out will also spot that Hale and Lapira are new additions to the voice cast, replacing Bill Hader (Barry) and Mindy Kaling (The Morning Show) respectively.

As Inside Out 2 charts big changes for Joy and the gang — and for Riley — first-time feature director Kelsey Mann (who has a story credit on The Good Dinosaur) directs, while Meg LeFauve (Captain Marvel) wrote the screenplay, as she did with Inside Out.

Check out the first teaser trailer for Inside Out 2 below:

Inside Out 2 releases in cinemas Down Under on June 13, 2024.

Images: © 2023 Disney/Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

Published on November 10, 2023 by Sarah Ward
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