Pixar’s Soul Feels Like Something Special

“What would you want to be known for on Earth? We only have a short time on this planet. You want to become the person that you were born to be? Don’t waste your time on all the junk of life. Spend your precious hours doing what will bring out the real you, the brilliant, passionate you that’s ready to contribute something meaningful into this world.”

This week, Pixar released some new details and the first teaser for their upcoming film, Soul, which is slated to be released in June of 2020. The film already sounded like a winner following the D23 announcement back in August, with Pete Docter (Up, Inside Out) directing a cast that includes the likes of Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey, Daveed Diggs, and Phylicia Rashad, and with music from Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.

But now, having heard more about the plot and with our first official look, I feel like Soul could be an instant classic and among Pixar’s finest.

In an exclusive from EW, they describe that Soul will follow Joe Gardner (Foxx), an aspiring musician whose big break is jeopardized when a freak accident separates his soul from his body. EW’s report also emphasizes the film’s perspective on art and creativity, and the lengths that artists go to to achieve their dreams.

As an aspiring filmmaker who is in the trenches of pursing creative fulfillment, this particular point spoke to me more than any other film in recent memory had. I immediately thought, “wow, this could end up being one of my personal favorite films of all time.”

Then, I realized how close this idea likely is to the team behind this project — storytellers, animators, and other creatives who had similar aspirations at some point in their lives, and who worked their asses off to get to a place like Pixar. And that’s when it hit me, sure Soul will likely speak to me and many other striving artists, but it is also coming from a very personal place, and this leads me to believe that the Brain Trust will be operating on an entirely different level (which says a lot considering how brilliant that team is) to bring us something as great as Pixar’s best.

Take a look at the trailer below and try to tell me you don’t feel that same magic, because I think this looks like something truly special.

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