Inside Out 2 Release Date Announced by Disney

Inside Out 2 will be released in theaters on June 14, 2024, Disney and Pixar confirmed today. Officially announced earlier this month at D23 Expo, revealing that Kelsey Mann (The Good Dinosaur) will direct from a script by Meg LeFauve. "I read the script and it's amazing," Poehler confirmed. The movie will take place only inside Riley's head, now a teenager, with new emotions coming into the fold. A summer 2024 release date was announced at the time, which led fans to assume it would be the June 2024 "untitled Pixar movie" that was already on Disney's schedule. Today's announcement confirms those suspicions.

 This marks the sixth Pixar franchise to earn a sequel, following in the footsteps of CarsThe IncrediblesFinding NemoToy Story, and Monsters, Inc. It isn't the first time Pixar has returned to the world of Inside Out, though; there are a half-dozen shorts featuring Riley and her emotions which have been released since the movie originally hit theaters. Pixar tends to play things pretty close to the vest, though, so it isn't clear yet what the story of the sequel will be, or which cast members from the original Inside Out might be back.

The original Inside Out starred Phyllis Smith, Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling, Lewis Black, and Bill Hader -- among many others -- in a story that centered on anthropomorphic emotions jockeying for control of the brain of Riley (Kaitlyn Dias), who is struggling to adjust to a move. The film earned more than $850 million globally, making it one of Pixar's top-grossing films of all time. And considering that movies like Toy Story and The Incredibles ended up earning more for their sequels than for their initial installments, that has to make Disney feel pretty good about Inside Out 2's prospects.

Here's Disney's synopsis for the original Inside Out:

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.