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 »

New Soul Teaser

Pixar Animation’s new film Soul was intended to be released earlier this month, but the coronavirus put a stop to that. But now the movie is slated to arrive in November, and even though that’s a long way off, Pixar wanted to show off a little more of the movie while we wait.

A new Soul teaser was revealed during a virtual panel at the Essence Festival of Culture, and not only does it have plenty of new footage from the movie with some truly stunning animation, but it also features the original song “Parting Ways” written, produced and performed by American R&B and neo soul musician Cody ChesnuTT. Read More »

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 »

Soul logo

Pixar has made some serious money with its sequels lately – Finding Dory was a box office smash, The Incredibles 2 had the biggest opening weekend of any animated movie ever, and Toy Story 4 is poised to beat that record – but the studio has two original films in a row coming out next year. We’ve already seen a teaser trailer for the first one, which is an elf story called Onward that stars Tom Holland and Chris Pratt.

Now we know a bit more about the second one. It’s called Soul, and it arrives in theaters one year from today. Check out the official synopsis below.
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John Lasseter's Replacements

It’s official: Jennifer Lee and Pete Docter are replacing John Lasseter at Disney and Pixar, respectively. Lasseter, a long-standing creative force at Disney, is stepping down in light of possible misconduct allegations. Lee and Docter were previously announced as interim replacements for Lasseter, but now it appears their new roles will be permanent.

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Gallery Nucleus - Pixar Animation - The Incredibles

Gallery Nucleus has been host to some pretty cool artwork exhibitions inspired by pop culture. They don’t get featured quite as often as Hero Complex Gallery or Gallery 1988 since they don’t have new pieces available as frequently, but they still have some incredible artwork. A new exhibition opening this weekend is no different with artwork inspired by each of the films of Pixar Animation, from Toy Story to Finding Dory. There’s one for each movie, and what’s awesome is that each piece was handpicked by Pixar chief creative officer John Lasseter for the show.

Check out the Gallery Nucleus Pixar artwork after the jump. Read More »

Inside Out Outside Edition

This past summer, Pixar’s Inside Out really turned on the waterworks for people of all ages, and the film has ended up on a lot of year-end Top 10 lists for the films of 2015 (including some of ours coming this week). It should come as no surprise that the movie about feelings really gets our own feelings stirring, but what might be a little surprising is that Inside Out without the feelings will still deliver a bit of an emotional gut punch.

A University of Utah film student has put together an Inside Out Outside Edition that uses only the scenes outside of Riley’s mind, without the feelings to let us know what’s going inside her head. And you might be amazed at how well these scenes still work. Check it out below! Read More »

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Inside Out Bing Bong

Bing Bong has plenty of reason to be suspicious of change in Inside Out. As Riley’s imaginary friend, he gets shoved further into the sidelines the older she gets. But at one point in the development and production process, director Pete Docter imagined the lovable creature as being a bit more disgruntled, and a bit more active in his resistance to change.

A just-released deleted scene shows an earlier version of Bing Bong that Docter describes as “a radical non-conformist” and “an even more extreme version of Joy.” Watch the Inside Out deleted scene after the jump.  Read More »