Fans Fear ‘Inside Out 2’ Won’t Be “Horny” Enough

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Sadness, Joy, and Disgust freaking out over a panel lighting up

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After the announcement that Inside Out 2 (2024) will focus on Ellie’s journey through puberty, fans have shown concern that the Pixar film won’t focus on puberty’s most recognizable emotion: horniness.

Inside Out emotions gather around
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Pixar Animation Studio is easily one of the Walt Disney Company’s crown jewels, creating some of the most critically acclaimed and popular animated films of all time, including Toy Story (1996), Finding Nemo (2003), Coco (2017), and The Incredibles (2004).

One of the most beloved Pixar films is Inside Out (2015). Directed by Pete Docter, this movie tells the story of a young girl named Riley as she moves to a new place through the perspective of her emotions: Joy (Amy Poehler), Sadness (Phyllis Smith), Anger (Lewis Black), Fear (Bill Hader), and Disgust (Mindy Kaling). The movie was a smash at the box office and garnered critical acclaim, including an Oscar for Best Animated Feature.

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Naturally, a sequel was put into the works, with the cast remaining essentially the same, except for Tony Hale replacing Bill Hader and Liza Lapira replacing Mindy Kaling. The teaser trailer for Inside Out 2 became Disney’s most popular trailer yet, surpassing the amount of views for the Frozen II (2019) trailer by millions.

However, the sequel couldn’t just tackle another significant life event like the first film. Instead, the production team elected to tackle one of the most emotional and potentially traumatic times in a young child’s life: puberty.

‘Inside Out 2’ Hits the Puberty Button

The puberty button on the panel for Inside Out
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Near the first film’s end, Disgust points to a new button and asks a simple question: “What is puberty?” Well, according to director Kelsey Mann in the January 2024 edition of Empire Magazine, Inside Out 2 is ready to answer that question. “My original thought was to pitch three ideas,” said Mann. “I want to see that thing [the Puberty button] go off. I explored other ideas, but I kept coming back to that. Eventually, I just pitched that to Pete.”

Mann continued, explaining why puberty is the perfect topic for Pixar to tackle. “This is a gold mine for everything we love at Pixar … It’s got heart. It’s got emotion. It’s got humor. Puberty is hilarious, but it’s also a hard time in our lives. I want to say something meaningful about ourselves as humans, but told in an imaginative way.”

Ellie blowing out the candles for her 13th birthday as her parents celebrate
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Mann wants to explore the massive effect that puberty has on a person. Everything can be working in perfect harmony “until puberty hits,” bringing in a ton of new emotions and changes. He continued, “I’m especially excited about Anxiety … There are a lot of different types of anxiety, but we’re really leaning into social anxiety, wanting to fit in and be part of a group. Wondering, ‘Am I good enough?'”

Not only does Inside Out 2 introduce Anxiety, played by Maya Hawke from Stranger Things (2016-present), but it also introduces numerous other emotions, including Ennui, Embarrassment, and Envy. However, many fans have noticed one major emotion that’s left out from the puberty experience. And they’re not happy about it.

Fans Don’t Think Pixar Will Cover the “Horniness” That Comes With Puberty

Disgust living up to her name as Joy, Sadness, and Anger hide in the corner
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While the response to Inside Out 2 has been mostly positive, some fans are a bit worried. While it looks like the film will tackle many of the negative emotions that are associated with puberty, it seems that a major factor has been left out: new attractions. Or, to be more blunt, horniness.

“For real,” said one user on X (formerly Twitter), “how are they going to tackle puberty in inside out 2 without mentioning the horny aspect of being a teenager?” Another user who had a similar train of thought said, “Obviously they can’t do ‘horny’ because it’s Disney. But doing a whole Inside Out 2 about new emotions that come with teen years/puberty and not having ‘Love’ or ‘Lust’ or ‘Passion’ or something like that feels oddly toothless for Pixar.”

Tristan Allerick Chen as Tyler (left) and Rosalie Chiang as Mei Mei (middle)
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While it definitely could be difficult to tackle attraction like that in a movie that is still aimed at children, it’s worth noting that Pixar has tackled puberty before with Turning Red (2022). Not only does it show the confusion of your body changing, but it handles the physical attraction that comes with that time incredibly well. However, it seemed to upset a particular fanbase.

That being said, all of this speculation is exactly that. We won’t know what is in Inside Out 2 until it releases on June 14, 2024. Until then, we’ll just have to wait and see what other details are fed to us. But if you still want to get your Pixar-puberty fix, please check out Turning Red. It is one of Pixar’s most underrated films.

Do you think Inside Out 2 should be tackling this side of growing up?

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