Soul is an American computer-animated fantasy adventure comedy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios for Walt Disney Pictures. Based on the published children's book Angels by Sergio Pablos, It is directed by Pete Docter, co-directed by Kemp Powers, produced by Dana Murray, and stars the voices of Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey, Questlove, Phylicia Rashad, and Daveed Diggs. The film was originally scheduled to be released in theatres on November 20, 2020, but the film's release was canceled and it instead released on Disney+ on December 25, 2020.
Synopsis[edit | edit source]
Joe Gardner, a middle school music teacher, has long dreamed of performing jazz music on stage, and finally gets a chance after impressing other jazz musicians during an opening act at the Half Note Club. However, an accident causes Gardner's soul to be separated from his body and transported to the "You Seminar", a center in which souls develop and gain passions before being transported to a newborn child, and Gardner must work with souls in training, such as 22, a soul with a dim view on life after being trapped for years at the You Seminar, in order to return to Earth before it's too late.
Cast[edit | edit source]
- Jamie Foxx as Joe Gardner, a middle school music teacher with a deep passion for jazz.
- Tina Fey as 22, a soul trapped in the You Seminar with a dim view of life.
- Questlove as Curly, a drummer in Joe's band.
- Phylicia Rashad as Joe's mother.
- Daveed Diggs as Paul, Joe's neighborhood nemesis.
Production[edit | edit source]
Development[edit | edit source]
In early 2016, it was announced that Pete Docter was working on a new film. In June 2018, it was announced that Docter was planning to complete his film despite being Chief Creative Officer at Pixar after John Lasseter's departure. In June 2019, Pixar announced a new film titled Soul with Docter directing and Dana Murray producing, with a synopsis about a cosmic journey through New York City on Twitter.
Casting[edit | edit source]
On August 24, 2019, Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey, Questlove, Phylicia Rashad and Daveed Diggs were announced of starring in the film. Soul is Pixar's first film to feature an African-American protagonist.
Animation[edit | edit source]
The filmmakers animated the souls featured in the film in a "vaporous" "ethereal" and "non-physical" way, having based their designs on definitions about souls given to them by various religious and cultural representatives. Docter describes it as "a huge challenge", as the animators are "used to toys, cars, things that are much more substantial and easily referenced", though he felt the animation team "really put some cool stuff together that’s really indicative of those words but also relatable".
Music[edit | edit source]
During the 2019 D23 Expo, Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross were revealed to be composing the film's score, while Jon Batiste will be writing jazz songs for the film. "Overture" from the album The Click by New York band AJR was also featured in the film's trailer.