Disney•Pixar’s Inside Out was an unforgettable emotional rollercoaster that also introduced up the kind of vast, complex, and intricate world that you could imagine yourself spending more time in (in the best, most Pixarian way possible). Pete Docter built the best kind of cinematic universe, one made of human emotion and relatable situations (but tinged, of course, with a kind of old school Disney magic), that you could see yourself spending a lot of time in.
Thankfully, you won’t have to wait much longer to get even more Inside Out.
Accompanying the home video release of Inside Out is a new short film called “Riley’s First Date?” (that question mark is very important), written and directed by Josh Cooley. Cooley served as a screenwriter and story supervisor on Inside Out and who will next co-direct Toy Story 4, and while appearing onstage at the D23 Expo before its world premiere, seemed really excited to get to explore the world of Inside Out further. (Apparently this was a pitch for something that would appear in the actual movie, but Lasseter encouraged him to spin it off.)
“We were working on Inside Out, we had this connection because we all have daughters. We would talk about our kids and it eventually became fathers-of-daughters support group,” Cooley explained. “One of them said, ‘Just wait until she’s old enough to bring home her first boy.’ That became the premise of the short film.”
And what a premise it is! “Riley’s First Date?” concerns the boy from the end of Inside Out (the one who has a brief exchange with Riley at the ice skating arena), who comes over to Riley’s house to go skating. This sends the parents (and the emotions inside the parents) into a tizzy. Riley’s dad (Kyle MacLachlan) takes the stern approach, while Riley’s mom (Diane Lane) tries to be relatable and hip and comes off as hilariously out of touch. To say any more about the short would ruin the fun and surprise of “Riley’s First Date?” (and really, it’s very close, with the Blu-ray release in November and the digital release in October). But we will say that it does zig where you think it’ll zag and that it is glorious.
This is one of those spin-off shorts (like “BURN-E”) that is perfectly able to capture the spirit of the original film, while also adding to it in new and inventive ways. And yes, it will tug on your heartstrings just like Inside Out did and since it’s a short, you’ll have even less time to wipe away your tears and pretend like you were chopping an invisible onion. And remember that “Riley’s First Date?” is only available when you bring home Inside Out on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere on October 13 and Blu-ray November 3.