Director: Pete Docter, Kemp Bowles
Writers: Pete Docter, Mike Jones, Cape Bowles
Actors: Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey, Phylicia Rashad, Amir-Kaleb Thompson, Daveed Diggs, Graham Norton, Rachel House, Ellie Ruth Braga/ Richard Ayoade/ Donnell Rollins/ Angela Bassett/ Margo Hall/ Rodsa Jones/ Wes Studi/ Sand Keena Jaffrey/ Fortune Femster/ Callum Grant/ Zenobia Sheroff/ June Squibb/ Cathy Cavadini/ Ronaldo Del Carmen/ Lisape Isaacs / Jason Paes / Cora Champomier / …
Region: United States
Release: 2020-12-25 (Mainland China/US Network) / 2020-10-11 (London Film Festival)
Length: 101 minutes
Also known as: Soul Adventures (Hong Kong) / Soul Twist (Taiwan) / Soul / Mind
Rating: IMDB 8.0 / Rotten Tomatoes 95%
What exactly shaped the real you? The movie will focus on Joey Goner (voiced by Jamie Foxx). This middle school music teacher gets the opportunity of his dreams – to play at the best jazz club in New York. But a small mistake takes him from the streets of New York to a fantastical place called the Great Before. There, souls are trained and will acquire their personality traits and interests before traveling to Earth. The Joy that is determined to want to return to the earth life knew a precocious soul “twenty-two” (Tina Fei dub), twenty-two has not been able to find his interest in human life. As Joey continues to try to show twenty-two the wonderful things about life, he will also learn the answers to some of life’s ultimate questions.
“Soul” is a 2020 animated comedy-drama film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and directed by Pete Docter. The movie follows the story of Joe Gardner (voiced by Jamie Foxx), a middle-school music teacher who dreams of becoming a successful jazz pianist. When he dies in a tragic accident, his soul ends up in a place called the Great Before, where he must team up with a new soul called 22 (voiced by Tina Fey) to find his way back to his body on Earth.
The film was praised for its creative and original concept, stunning animation, and powerful themes about the meaning of life and the importance of pursuing one’s passions. The movie was also noted for its impressive jazz music score, which was composed by Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, and jazz musician Jon Batiste.
“Soul” was a critical and commercial success, grossing over $120 million worldwide and receiving numerous accolades, including two Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Score. The film was also praised for its inclusive representation, as it featured the first Black lead character in a Pixar film and addressed issues of racial identity and systemic barriers.