New Soul Trailer Brings the Gift of Pixar to Disney+ on Christmas Day


It was announced earlier this week that Disney is debuting their latest Pixar animated adventure direct to Disney+. Soul will stream for all Disney+ subscribers beginning Christmas day. There will be no additional charge to watch Soul, unlike Mulan, which was touted by Disney as a Premier event and priced at an additional $30. Soul comes with the initial price of subscription.

Available exclusively on Disney+ beginning Dec. 25, 2020, Disney and Pixar’s feature film Soul introduces Joe Gardner, a middle-school band teacher with a serious passion for jazz music. The story is particularly relatable to the artists behind it.&#160For Jamie Foxx, who lends his voice to Joe, it begins with jazz.

“Like Joe, I hear music in everything,” said Foxx. “When you’re a jazz artist, man, you talk a little different: ‘Hey, cat!’&#160 I got a chance to go to a few jazz fests and meet Herbie Hancock, Chick Correa-hang out with those guys. They have a way&#160of&#160talking, a way&#160of&#160dressing-everything funnels toward their music, toward the jazz.”&#160

But director Pete Docter, who shares Foxx’s love of music, conceived of the character before jazz entered the picture. “I’ve been so lucky to work with some incredible people and make movies that have been seen around the world,” he said. “But I realized that as wonderful as these projects are, there’s more to living than a singular passion-as expressive and fulfilling as that may be. Sometimes the small insignificant things are what it’s really about. This film is about broadening the idea of a singular focus to thinking more widely about what life has to offer and what we have to offer life.”

Likewise, co-director Kemp Powers, who initially joined the project as a writer, didn’t have to look far to find inspiration for Joe Gardner. “We’ve been working on ‘Soul’ for years, but the film feels timelier now than we ever could have imagined back when we began,” said Powers. “In a year where everything we know has been turned upside down, we’ve all been forced to find new meaning both in the relationships we have and the small moments that truly make life worth living.”

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