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Geekery: Pixar’s ‘Soul’ Reminds Us There are Good Things Out There

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Mar 15 2020

The minds behind Inside Out and Up new movie is about the meaning of life, family, individuality, and jazz.


An all star team of Pete Docter (Inside Out, Up), Dana Murray (Lou), and Kemp Powers (One Night in Miami) are at the helm. The story….

“Joe Gardner is a middle-school band teacher who gets the chance of a lifetime to play at the best jazz club in town. But one small misstep takes him from the streets of New York City to The Great Before – a fantastical place where new souls get their personalities, quirks and interests before they go to Earth. Determined to return to his life, Joe teams up with a precocious soul, 22, who has never understood the appeal of the human experience. As Joe desperately tries to show 22 what’s great about living, he may just discover the answers to some of life’s most important questions.”

Voice cast includes Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey, Phylicia Rashad, Angela Bassett, Ahmir Questlove Thompson, and Daveed Diggs. Jazz compositions are by Jon Batiste, and the rest of the soundtrack is from Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.


Everything about this is great. The music the story is centered around is going to be great. I’m digging the design on the afterlife they’ve got going – it’s different that Pixar’s other movies, expecting to see some of that same innovation elsewhere.  The release date my be changed based on what’s going on with COVID-19, but for now Soul hits theaters June 19th.


Author: Mars Garrett
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