Soul (2020 film)
Soul is an upcoming American computer-animated fantasy adventure comedy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios for Walt Disney Pictures. 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 is scheduled to be released on June 19, 2020.
|Directed by||Pete Docter|
|Produced by||Dana Murray|
|Story by||Pete Docter|
|Distributed by||Walt Disney Studios|
Joe Gardner, a middle school music teacher, has long dreamed of performing jazz music onstage, 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.
- 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.
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.
Murray said that the film will "[take audiences] to a world where no one’s ever been - well, for a long time", while co-writer/co-director Kemp Powers said that it is "completely different" to Docter's previous films. Powers also said that the film will answer important questions in "a really fun way". Tina Fey also contributed to the screenplay, having helped to write her character's lines. Pixar choose to portray the film's main character as a musician as they wanted "profession the audience could root for", and settled for a musician after trying for a scientist, which "[didn't] felt so naturally pure as a musician's life". Docter described Soul as "an exploration of, where should your focus be? What are the things that, at the end of the day, are really going to be the important things that you look back on and go, 'I spent a worthy amount of my limited time on Earth worrying or focused on that'?".
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.
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 describe 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".
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.
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- @TheDisInsider (August 24, 2019). "'Soul' will feature music from John Batiste and original score from Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross. Questlove from The Roots will be playing a Jazz Drummer, Phylicia Rashad plays Joe's mother, Daveed Diggs also starring, as well as Tina Fey and Jamie Foxx" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
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- Soul [@PixarSoul] (June 19, 2019). "One year from today, Pixar Animation Studios will take you on a journey from the streets of New York City to the cosmic realms to discover the answers to life's most important questions. Disney & Pixar's "Soul" arrives in theaters on June 19, 2020" (Tweet). Retrieved June 19, 2019 – via Twitter.
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