“life is full of possibilities….you just need yo know where to look,” said Jamie Foxx’s Joe Gardner in Disney Pixar’s Soul, a brilliant new animated movie that explore what it means to live in the most heartfelt way.
The new trailer has just arrived and it will fill our heart with joy. Watch it below:
Here’s the official synopsis:
Joe Gardner (Jamie Foxx), 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 untimely accident causes Gardner’s soul to be separated from his body and begin to proceed to The Great Beyond, and Gardner escapes to The Great Before, a world where souls develop personalities, quirks, and traits before being sent off to Earth. There, Gardner must work with souls in training at The Great Before, such as 22, a soul with a dim view on the concept of life, in order to return to Earth before his body dies and also avoid a soul-counter named Terry, who goes to earth to find Joe and bring him back to the afterlife to meet her quota.
Directed by Disney veteran Pete Doctor and newcomer Kemp Powers, Soul is an incredibly unique project and gave both directors a new way to approach storytelling.
Speaking on the work behind the film, Doctor said, “I’ve been so lucky to work with some incredible people and make movies that have been seen around the world. But I realized that as wonderful as these projects are, there’s more to living than a singular passion—as expressive and fulfilling as that may be. Sometimes the small insignificant things are what it’s really about. This film is about broadening the idea of a singular focus to thinking more widely about what life has to offer and what we have to offer life.”
Soul also allows Doctor and Powers to work alongside Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx in a film that was deeply moving and personal for the actor.
As noted musician himself, Foxx was drawn to film’s emphasis on music, and especially jazz, and the actor saw a special opportunity to connect with his audience through the film. “Like Joe, I hear music in everything,” said Foxx. “When you’re a jazz artist, man, you talk a little different: ‘Hey, cat!’ I got a chance to go to a few jazz fests and meet Herbie Hancock, Chick Correa—hang out with those guys. They have a way of talking, a way of dressing—everything funnels toward their music, toward the jazz,” said Foxx.
Likewise, co-director Kemp Powers, who initially joined the project as a writer, didn’t have to look far to find inspiration for Joe Gardner. “We’ve been working on Soul for years, but the film feels timelier now than we ever could have imagined back when we began,” said Powers. “In a year where everything we know has been turned upside down, we’ve all been forced to find new meaning both in the relationships we have and the small moments that truly make life worth living.”
In the film, Joe is on the brink of getting his big break playing for a jazz quartet. But he finds himself on an unexpected detour from the streets of New York City to The Great Before, tasked with helping new soul 22, voiced by Tina Fey, find her spark to earn her way to Earth. “He’s sure if he can share his life story with her—his passion for jazz—she’ll be inspired and they’ll both get to go to Earth,” said producer Dana Murray. “They do make it back to Earth, but that’s really the beginning of their adventure. It’s a funny and touching story of friendship and self-discovery, and we can’t wait to show it to the world.”
This new trailer for Soul is utterly beautiful to watch and promises and incredibly deep and moving cinematic journey that Disney Pixar fans, both young and old, will be very excited to witness Soul just in time for Christmas when it arrives on Disney+ on December 25.
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