Soul

Pixar’s Soul is no longer coming to theaters in the United States. Instead, the movie is being released through Disney+ on Christmas Day. This is a real shame, because the journey that middle school band teacher and aspiring jazz musician Joe Gardner (Jamie Foxx) takes from New York City to the ethereal plane of The Great Before is full of mesmerizing and stunning animation, some of which takes Pixar in surprising new directions. And it wasn’t easy to pull off either.

Director Pete Docter, co-director/writer Kemp Powers, and the entire Pixar team were tasked with creating this world where new souls get their personalities, quirks, and interests before they go to Earth. It not only required endless imagination, but technical innovation, not to mention a stark contrast to the incredibly life-like environments of the real world. And the real world presented its own challenges too, especially when it came to animating Joe Gardner’s passion for music, which includes some meticulous, fast-paced piano-playing and other instrumental excitement.

So how did they do it? Back in September, /Film was invited to partake in some virtual presentations from the filmmakers to learn about some of the amazing work Pixar put into this movie. So let’s take a closer look at the making of Pixar’s Soul. Read More »

Pixar's Soul Footage Reaction

Back in 2015, director Pete Docter and co-director Ronnie del Carmen brought us Inside Out, introducing us to the emotions and inner-workings inside the mind of an 11-year old girl. It was a touching exploration of the trials and tribulations of growing up, and much of the movie took place in a completely imagined, ethereal environment. Now Pete Docter is telling us a new beautiful story by way of another otherworldly plane with Pixar’s Soul, and it might be one of the animation studio’s most ambitious films yet.

Back in September, Pixar invited /Film to participate in a virtual press event, which included an early look at the first 40 minutes of the movie, roughly the first act and a little bit more. And let me tell you, Soul is not only one of the more mature and bizarre stories that Pixar has told, but it has some truly enchanting animation, both in the realism of the human world and in the imaginative and unusual beauty of the soul world known as The Great Before. Read More »

one night in miami review

Stop me if you’ve heard this one: Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X, Jim Brown, and Sam Cooke all check into a motel room. It’s almost hard to imagine such legends sharing the same space, but of course, they did. And on the night of February 25, 1964, after Ali – who was then still known as Cassius Clay – became the Heavyweight Champion of the World after defeating Sonny Liston, the four men gathered together to celebrate. This real event was the impetus for Kemp Powers‘ play, and now Regina King‘s film One Night in Miami, a fictionalized retelling of that night that feels very real.

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Soul trailer full

Onward may have underperformed at the box office this past weekend, but Disney is already looking ahead to the release of Soul, Pixar’s second original movie of 2020. Jamie Foxx and Tina Fey lead the film’s voice cast, and after a beautiful but vague teaser trailer debuted last November, we now have a better sense of what to expect when this film arrives this summer. Check it out below. Read More »

Pixar Soul Photo

Next year, Pixar Animation will be bringing two original movies to theaters. It’ll be the first time they haven’t released a sequel in a calendar year since 2015. Onward arrives first in March, but then summer brings a new movie that was announced earlier this year, and we’ve got a new look at it.

Soul, directed by Inside Out and Up helmer Pete Docter, follows Joe Gardner (voiced by Jamie Foxx), an aging middle school music teacher who has long dreamed of performing jazz music on stage. Gardner gets his chance when he’s booked as the opening act at the Half Note Club, a real jazz club in New York City. But his jazz debut is put in jeopardy when an accident causes his soul to be separated from his body, sending him to the “You Seminar,” a place where souls develop and gain passions before being placed in a newborn child. Check out the first official Pixar Soul photo below. Read More »