John Lasseter Says Pixar and Disney are Working to Tell Stories with Diverse Characters

Disney/Pixar's newest animated feature Inside Out arrives in movie theaters next month and during a recent press junket studio chief John Lasseter said the animation studio is working hard to create stories about more diverse characters.

Disney/Pixar planning to tell stories with diverse charactersDisney/Pixar planning to tell stories with diverse characters

When asked whether Disney/Pixar would release a film with a black lead character, much like Dreamworks' Home earlier this spring, Lasseter talked about the importance of having female and ethnic characters. He also said that audiences will see this in future films.

In 2016 Disney is releasing Moana about a Polynesian princess, which is a lot different than the "traditional" European princesses depicted in many Disney fairytales.

Inside Out stars the voice talents of Mindy Kaling, Phylliss Smith, and Amy Poehler. It tells the story of a young girl's emotions (Joy, Sadness, Disgust, Anger, and Fear) and the chaos created when that girl moves to a new town.

The film was inspired by director Pete Docter's own daughter, who also provided a voice of the girl in the film Up.

Inside Out has been met with positive reviews at the Cannes Film Festival this week. It opens in theaters nationwide on June 16.

What do you think of Disney/Pixar's plans to include more diverse characters in its films? Leave us a comment and let us know.

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Kristen K. wrote on Thu, 05/21/2015 - 15:23:

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I can't wait to see Moana, I hope that it's wonderful.

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