Forward, Coco, The unbelievable, Toy story, Wall-E… since its beginnings in 1995, the Pixar studio has built a good reputation in animation film and managed to please young and old with original stories and good feelings.
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Every new project is therefore enthusiastically followed by fans of the genre. soul, the latest, is coming soon. Orchestrated by a great figure from Pixar, it’s already showing great promise.
On the other hand, the film has already experienced several turbulences after the global Covid-19 epidemic, so that it will ultimately not make it to theaters. Disney has decided to reserve the feature film for its Disney + subscription streaming platform (SVoD).
Before it hits in a little over a month, let’s summarize the information you need to know about the new animated film.
Soul what is it about
The official summary
According to the emotions of Vice versa, Disney / Pixar takes us into the world of souls to find out where our personalities come from. What we love, our passions, our character, in short, this great existential secret of our deep being.
We follow Joe Gardner (Omar Sy), a talented musician who has just been hired in one of the best jazz clubs in New York. Except that an accident brings him to the “Great Before”, a place where new souls are assigned their personalities before they go to earth.
Joe will then try to find his life with the help of 22 (Camille Cottin), an especially precocious soul who doesn’t really want human life. When Joe tries to show him all the little joys of everyday life, he may find answers about his own existence.
- Here is the official trailer for it soul ::
What we learned from the trailer
The trailer suggests a world full of souls full of charm. Pixar still seems to have shown a lot of imagination in designing the Grand Avant and its residents. The film also promises to be very successful technically.
In terms of history, we can already see that 22 is not lacking in humor and Joe is lacking in optimism. Also note that the music will play the main role in Joe’s life as well as that of his buddy.
A real passion for music
The Master class Line of icon Jazzman Herbie Hancock gave the creators of an idea soul : Getting the main character of the film enthusiastic about music and especially jazz. For this reason, the action takes place in New York, one of the capitals of this musical genre on the other side of the Atlantic.
Jon Batiste, in charge of the film’s soundtrack, said: “The compositions are to a large extent nourished by what has produced more than a century of jazz, which gives the listener many points of reference. It’s a way to pay tribute to the music and introduce this genre of music to new audiences.“.
What release date for the film?
Disney offers its fans a nice Christmas present through putting soul online on December 25, 2020. Keep in mind that it was usually scheduled earlier, as its first release was supposed to be on June 24th after a stay at the Cannes Film Festival (the film was given the Cannes 2020 label).
It was then moved to November 25th before it was scheduled for December 25th. But this time it’s the right thing.
Can you also see it in the cinema?
As stated above, only Disney + subscribers can see the film in France. Disney has chosen to favor its streaming platform to the detriment of cinemas. This applies in all countries in which the service is available.
A frustration for exhibitors knowing that Pixar films attract a lot of viewers. The National Association of French Cinemas issued a press release and regretted a decision. “economically completely unjustified […] run the risk of permanently weakening the cinemas “.
This is the second Disney (after Mulan) to skip the cinema box to land straight on the SVoD service. The entertainment giant prefers its platform in the current health context, where many cinemas are still closed.
It also highlights creating a more direct connection with audiences through Disney + without the need for intermediaries. Obviously, we still don’t see that Disney can definitely get by without movie theaters, especially for big budget works like the Marvel. However, it will certainly take some time to get used to this new policy. She seems doomed to become regular.
Who is responsible?
Behind the camera and the script is Peter Docter, who after John Lasseter drove the studio boss. He’s already a double Oscar winner for Up there and Vice versa. The idea of soul came to mind 23 years ago when his son was born.
He felt that the baby already had his personality long before the world around him affected it. Then he asked himself the question of the origin of this unique little something that we have from birth. Here he is accompanied in his task by Kemp Powers, screenwriter of several episodes of Star Trek: Discovery.
Since the feature film gives high priority to music, we had to surround ourselves with specialists. We recall that the jazz part was entrusted to Jon Batiste. We owe the soundtrack to Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, Oscar winners for The social network.
On the vocal casting side, the original version of the film is carried by Jamie Foxx and Tina Fey. In France, we can count on the voices of Omar Sy, Camille Cottin and Ramzy Bedia in Vendelune, a character not yet featured in the trailer.