D23 Expo: Jamie Foxx and Tina Fey goes on a cosmic adventure with ‘Soul’

Disney/Pixar Soul

Why are we here? How do we get the personalities that make us who we are?

No, these aren’t questions in a philosophy book. But they are the kind of metaphysical questions that Pixar is trying to answer in next Summer’s Soul. During the D23 Studio presentation, Pixar CCO Pete Docter came on stage to provide more details about the film. First, your soul trains at “The You Seminar”. This is where your soul gains your unique personalities. For example, do you have severe shyness? Well, there’s a pavilion for that at “The You Seminar”.

Soul - The You Seminar

The You Seminar

But the film doesn’t revolve around the souls at “The You Seminar” though. Soul revolves around Joe Gardner, a middle-school band teacher whose true passion is playing jazz. When Joe gets an opportunity to play piano at the most prestigious jazz club in New York City. Unfortunately, his dream job is cut short when he falls through a sewer manhole. Essentially, this is what transports Joe to “The You Seminar”.

At the Seminar, Joe meets 22 (Tina Fey), a soul that’s been at “The You Seminar” for an incredible amount of time. As a result, her outlook on the world is not so positive. She’s just really angry all the time. To get Joe back to his body, Joe and 22 must traverse the cosmos.

Soul - Joe Gardner

Joe Gardner

Along with Jamie Foxx and Tina Fey, Questlove, Felicia Rashad, and Daveed Diggs are joining the voice cast as well. Questlove will be playing Curly, the drummer of the jazz band. Also, Felicia Rashad will be playing Joe’s mother, and Diggs will be playing Joe’s neighborhood nemesis. Of course, you can’t make a film about jazz without the creation of new music.

Thus, Jon Batiste will be creating brand new jazz music strictly for the film. Also, you can’t go on a cosmic journey without a little Nine Inch Nails, right? That’s why Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross will be creating the score for the film.

Soul - 22

22

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Soul hits theaters on June 19, 2020.

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