So in the Cynics office (Read: Internet) there has been worry over whether Pixar's latest project, Monster's University, looks to their usual high standard. The argument seems to go as followed, that revisiting the Monster's Inc universe to tell a story of them in education is hardly a mind blowing pitch, and that the level of jokes we have so far in the promotional trailers are hardly convincing us of the necessity. One of our number even said he was turned off after interviews with the production staff. Also, being honest, the University jokes are pretty lame.
Oh god, they are wearing Varsity Letterman jackets.
So what do you do when you don't have faith in the current Pixar project? Well, you start looking ahead to the next one. In this instance Pixar is even willingly helping us out with that, on the promotional talks for MU they have confirmed that the previously titled "Untitled Disney-Pixar Film Inside The Human Mind" will now simply be called "Inside Out". They have also confirmed what was largely already known about the plot, that it will detail the emotions of a human girl, personified inside her head.
Currently this one piece of concept art is all that exists publicly of the Inside Out project. If you asked me out of the two pictures in this article which film I would rather see, I would definitely say the second, though that might be because I have a vendetta against Animated Letterman Jackets...and Billy Crystal. Now, let us go to John Lasseter, who can probably explain this whole thing better than I can. Peter Docter by the way, is the director of Up and soon to be this.
"Pete [Docter] has this way of constantly trying to figure out something that we’re all familiar with in some way… he’s constantly looking for these kinds of things. You look at people oftentimes and they do something to make you go “What are they thinking?” or it’s like how a song gets stuck in your head and you just can’t get it out. Little quirky thing like this that we all do. Certain emotions just seem to take us over, anger or happiness, where you start giggling and laughing and you can’t stop. He thought “I want to take a look at that, explain that.” His idea is that the emotions of this little girl are the characters and it takes place in the head of this little girl, and shows how they control things that go on. It’s very, very clever and it’s truly unlike anything you’ve ever seen, yet it explains things you’ve seen."
Thank you Mr Lasseter, you make my "job" that much easier.
Warning: Stupid British Comic References Approaching
So the reason I thought this could even be possibly worth writing an article on is for this reason, a pretty morally reprehensible one. You can tell Pixar is going to try and make something thought provoking, heart warming, and telling of the emotional struggle which comes with growing up. But because I've spent about half my life in this hole the world deemed fit to call Britain. You know what I immediately think of, something terrible.
I introduce you to the Numskulls, a group of retarded little egg men who exist in the head of the unfortunate protagonist. These are the older version, I believe back then the host human didn't have a name, he was just called "Our Man".
This shot better explains the similarity to Pixar's idea. By this point in the comic he is called "Edd". Each one of the "Numskulls" is in charge of a function in "Edd's head". Brainy controls the Brain, Blinky controls the Eyes, you can fill in the blanks from there. Now I haven't read the comic in a good 5 years, hopefully longer still since I laughed at it for the intended reasons, but as far as I recall, nearly every strip was the Numskulls being unable to do their job, and somehow losing control of Edd's functions, leaving him to wander the town like an invalid.
The Numskulls could have gone in quite a philosophical manner really, the directions of Free Will, is Edd in-charge or is he destined to be guided by 5-7 morons for the rest of his existence. Does he exist if it is purely the lever pulls of the Brain department making him think? Is he nothing more than an organic machine? What purpose do those "Ear Drums" serve in this context? Seriously man, this stuff keeps me up at night...
Now while obviously the Beano/Numskulls won't be breaching these questions anytime soon, there is still hope for "Inside Out", and while we know comparatively little about it for now, the less it reminds me of the Numskulls as more details come out, the better off everyone shall be. Until next time folks (Which will probably be Ralph, see picture/caption below)
Out as of 2 days ago in Merry old England. Though seeing it by myself becomes that much sadder without a girlfriend. But when has appearing sad ever stopped me. Until then.