Soul is an upcoming animated film from Pixar, It is directed by Pete Docter (Monsters, Inc., Up & Inside Out) starring Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey, Questlove, Phylicia Rashad, and Daveed Diggs. The film is set to release on Disney+ on December 25, 2020, making it Pixar's first direct-to-digital film upon release (albeit strictly for circumstantial reasons).
The plot centers around Joe Gardner, a passionate middle school music teacher in New York City who dreams of performing jazz music on stage, getting a chance to make his dreams come true after impressing other musicians during an opening act. However, after Gardner suffers a fall on the way home, his soul ends up separated from his body. While being transported to something called the Great Beyond, he panics and falls into the Great Before, an ethereal plane of existence where souls develop and gain passions before being transported to a newborn child. Gardner must work with souls in training, such as 22, a soul with a dim view on life after being trapped for years at the Great Before, in order to return to Earth and get back to his body before it's too late.
Not to be confused with the book.
Soul contains examples of:
- Advertised Extra: Progressively became the case for Mr. Mittens, a calico cat who initially only had their eyes and ears shown in the first poster to being fully present in merchandise and the latest commercials for the film.
- Art Shift: Judging from the trailers, the scenes in the mortal realm have realistic rendering and a color scheme of mostly earth tones; while the soul realm has simplified, more cartoony designs and a rich palette of saturated pastel colors. The second trailer even features a few scenes in Cel Shaded black and white.
- Censorship by Spelling: Joe's soul asks if he's in "H-E-Double Hockey Sticks." Subverted when the child-sized souls around him start saying "Hell?"
- Logo Joke: The second trailer begins with Joe falling past the Pixar logo as the lamp looks at him.
- Medium Blending: The second trailer shows that traditionally animated characters are prominently featured throughout the film amongst (and interacting with) the computer-animated characters, a first for Pixar.
- Our Angels Are Different: As shown in the second trailer, the entities who run the whole operation of the Great Before are seemingly benevolent, glow neon colors, are tangled up and 2D-animated, have physic-defying movements, and look like something out of a Picasso painting. They play a role much similar to angels, although whether they're actually angels has not been disclosed.
- Our Souls Are Different: According to the second trailer, the souls at the Great Before are small, blue ghost-like creatures, and undergo formal training in how to lead their lives and develop interests before being incarnated in newborn people.
- Scenery Porn: The photorealistic view of New York City at the beginning of the first trailer.