Soul is an American computer-animated fantasy film produced by Pixar for Walt Disney Pictures. The film is ...
Soul is an American computer-animated fantasy film produced by Pixar for Walt Disney Pictures. The film is directed by Pete Docter, co-directed by Kemp Powers, produced by Dana Murray from a story written by Docter and a screenplay written by Docter, Powers, Mike Jones, and Tina Fey, and stars the voices of Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey, Questlove, Phylicia Rashad, and Daveed Diggs.
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 untimely 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 transferred 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.
Soul was originally scheduled for theatrical release in the United States on June 19, 2020, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was delayed to November 20, 2020. However, on October 8, 2020, Disney announced that the film's theatrical release had been cancelled altogether, and it would premiere exclusively on Disney+ on December 25, 2020. The film will have a traditional theatrical release in countries without Disney+, where theaters have re-opened.
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.