soul trailer

“Life is full of possibilities,” Jamie Foxx‘s Joe Gardner says in the new Soul trailer. “You just have to know where to look.” It’s just the kind of inspiring message we might need right now from the Pixar film, which Disney is debuting on Disney+ this December. In the wake of the direct-to-streaming move, Disney has released a new Soul trailer that reveals the Disney+ premiere date and new additions to the voice cast.

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soul early buzz

Pixar has set a high bar for itself ever since it launched with its all-time cinematic classic Toy Story. And the animation studio has continued to raise the bar ever since, releasing its share of masterworks, and its share of films that are…less so. But thankfully, it seems like Pixar’s latest highly anticipated release, Soul, falls in the former category. Making its worldwide premiere at the BFI London Film Festival ahead of its December release on Disney+, Soul is being called one of Pixar’s most ambitiously existential and finest films yet.

See what critics have to say about the film in our Soul review round-up.

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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 »

soul release

We all had a feeling this was coming, and now it’s official: Disney and Pixar’s Soul will be skipping theaters in the U.S. and headed straight to Disney+ on December 25. In international markets where Disney+ isn’t currently or soon to be available, Soul will be released theatrically, with dates to be announced. The Pixar pic was originally slated to hit theaters on June 19 before moving to November 20. 

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Black Widow may have to go into hiding for a few more months. The long-awaited Black Widow movie may be delayed once again as Disney considers reshuffling its film slate in the wake of disappointing Mulan box office numbers. That reshuffling may also push the anticipated Pixar film Soul to Disney+, where Disney has found success with its animated films amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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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 »

canes 2020 lineup revealed

Cannes is still canceled, but the prestigious festival still decided to announce the films they planned to screen this year. Now, many of the films that played will now be able to use their Cannes selection to their advantage even if they won’t get to screen at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès. The Cannes 2020 lineup includes Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch, the Pixar film Soul, the Train to Busan sequel Penninsula, and more.

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Disney Release date changes - soul and raya

Earlier this month, Disney unveiled a series of major release date changes for films like Mulan, Jungle Cruise, a whole batch of Marvel movies, and more. But after the dust settled, the Pixar movie Soul was still locked in for a June premiere in theaters. That seemed…well, unlikely to remain in place, given the present circumstances, and now the studio has shifted Soul and a couple other movies around on its release calendar. Read about the latest Disney release date changes below.
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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 »