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Disney/Pixar's Soul

Format(s) Available
DIGITAL
Opening Date
25 Dec 2020
Rating
PG
Runtime
106 mins
Language
English with Chinese subtitles
Genre
Animation
Director
Kemp Powers, Pete Docter
Cast
Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey, John Ratzenberger, Daveed Diggs
Synopsis
What is it that makes you...YOU? Pixar Animation Studios’ all-new feature film “Soul” introduces Joe Gardner (voice of Jamie Foxx) – 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 (voice of Tina Fey), 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. Directed by Academy Award® winner Pete Docter (“Inside Out,” “Up”), co-directed by Kemp Powers (“One Night in Miami”) and produced by Academy Award nominee Dana Murray, p.g.a. (Pixar short “Lou”), Disney and Pixar’s “Soul” will be in cinemas 25 December 2020.  
Reviews
By Rachelle  23 Dec 2020
Disney and Pixar's Soul is a visually stunning masterpiece that teaches you a lesson or two (and more) about life.
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Joe Gardner (Jamie Foxx) is a middle school music teacher with a life-long dream of performing jazz music onstage who finally gets a chance after impressing respected jazz musician Dorothea Williams (a perfectly cast Angela Bassett) during an audition.

Things take an unfortunate turn when human Joe falls down a New York manhole and finds himself a Casper look-alike in The Great Beyond. Not ready to see his life ended just yet, Joe escapes and enters The Great Before, being the first soul to have done so in centuries and catching the attention of one Rachel House’s cubic soul counter Terry.

In The Great Before, Joe is tasked to mentor soul 22 (Tina Fey) and prepare it for earth. This proves to be a difficult task as 22 has been around for ages, having had mentors such as Muhammad Ali, Mother Theresa and Marie Antoinette but none has successfully convinced it to see the appeal of earth and go willingly. 

In true Pixar fashion, the polar pairing of Joe and 22 result in an interesting adventure of finding one's self, discovering a world of possibilities and a whole lot more.

Disney and Pixar’s Soul is rich in theme and tackles very real world scenarios that viewers are bound to takeaway a lesson or two from. It’s probably its more mature film to date, if not most.

Having been one of two of the studio’s releases in 2020 (yes, we still remember you Onward), Soul couldn’t be more different in terms of animation style and story. This is a testament to the animation studio that is clearly more than capable of delivering distinct features for children and adults alike. 

Taking a page from their very own Inside Out and Sony Animation’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse, Soul explores multiple styles of animation that almost makes it look like a different movie altogether - if not for it being seamless woven together - without losing sight of being one of Pixar’s more visually stunning work. To pair that with Academy Award winning composers Atticus Ross and Trent Reznor’s beautiful score? Genius.

Pete Docter has also proven time and time again that he has mastered the art of storytelling, nailing it with Soul by repurposing a basic story told many times before into an interesting tale featuring a jazz teacher.

It must be difficult for Pixar to live up to its name after being put on the pedestal for its track record of beloved animation but they never fail to deliver.
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Disney and Pixar's Soul - Official Trailer
Disney and Pixar's Soul - Teaser Trailer
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