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I’m not much of a crier at movies. but Disney is responsible for three legitimate bouts of tears in recent years: 

  1. The montage of Carl and Ellie’s life in Up
  2. The scene in Toy Story 3 where Andy gives his toys to Bonnie and drives away. 
  3. Bing Bong’s voice trailing off as he disappears, saying “Take her to the moon for me” in Inside Out.

It looks like that third one may get an encore soon—Disney just confirmed Inside Out 2 is officially a go

The first Inside Out took us inside Riley’s 11-year-old mind, into that tween transition between child and teen. It was masterful, really, the way Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear, and Disgust took us through the emotions of growing up, of letting go and embracing something —and someone—totally new. 

In Inside Out 2, we’ll be going inside Riley’s teenage mind . . . and as a mom of a teenager, I already know I’ll need the tissues handy. 

Because as tricky as it is navigating the pre-teen years, parenting a teen is a whole new world. Teenage girls, especially, are a whole species unto themselves. Weathering body changes and yo-yoing hormones. Navigating friendships and high school and first loves. Experiencing All. The Feelings. 

Whew. 

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There’ll be plenty of material for the sequel, that’s for sure, and it’s rumored we’ll see a few more emotions occupying Headquarters in the film.  

Amy Poehler is set to return as the voice of Joy for the film, which is scheduled for a 2024 release. 

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