Soul comes out Christmas Day, and this is the perfect year to watch together as a family on opening day! We can’t wait to watch this on Disney Plus!
What is it that makes you…YOU? Pixar Animation Studios’ all-new feature film “Soul” introduces Joe Gardner (voice of Jamie Foxx) – a middle-school band teacher who has a passion for jazz. “Joe wants more than anything to become a professional jazz pianist,” says director Pete Docter. “So when he’s offered a rare, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play with one of the greats, Joe feels he’s reached the top of the ultimate mountain.”
But one small misstep takes him from the streets of New York City to The Great Before – a fantastical place where new souls get their personalities, quirks and interests before they go to Earth. Joe Gardner, however, doesn’t feel like he belongs in this land of new souls. Determined to return to his life, he teams up with a precocious soul, 22 (voice of Tina Fey), who has never understood the appeal of the human experience. “Sometimes souls have a little bit of trouble finding that special spark to earn their way to Earth,” says co-director Kemp Powers. “The Counselors at The Great Before call on mentors to help inspire these souls—extraordinary people in history like Abraham Lincoln. And that’s worked for every single soul except 22, who’s a bit like a petulant pre-teen. And she definitely, without a doubt, has no desire to go to Earth.”
Joe inadvertently becomes 22’s next mentor, and he figures if he can help her, maybe he can make it back to Earth in time for his big gig. “He thinks that all he has to do is help her find her spark—that thing that makes life worth living,” says producer Dana Murray. “He thinks it’s easy. It’s like loving jazz, which seems so obvious to him.” But as Joe desperately tries to show 22 what’s great about living, he may just discover the answers to questions he never even thought of asking about his own life. Says head of story Kristen Lester, “What makes a meaningful life?’ Is it about the relationships you have? Is it about being present? You can have a great conversation, then a great cup of coffee—do those things together become meaningful? Our story doesn’t really land hard in one camp: relationships, family—there’s a sense that it’s all of it.”
Jamie Foxx (“Just Mercy,” “Project Power”), who won an Oscar® and Golden Globe® for his performance in 2004’s “Ray,” lends his voice to Joe Gardner. New soul 22 is voiced by award-winning writer, producer, author and actor Tina Fey. Five-time BAFTA winner Graham Norton (“The Graham Norton Show”) lends his voice to spiritual sign twirler Moonwind, and Rachel House (“Hunt for the Wilderpeople,” “Thor: Ragnarok”) voices the count-obsessed Terry.
The film also features the voices Phylicia Rashad (“This Is Us,” “A Fall from Grace”) as Joe’s pragmatic mom Libba, comedian Donnell Rawlings as Joe’s barber Dez, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson (musical director for “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” The Roots) as Joe’s former student Curley, Angela Bassett (“Avengers: Endgame,” “Black Panther”) as jazz legend Dorothea Williams, and Daveed Diggs (“Hamilton,” “Blindspotting”) as neighborhood cynic Paul. Alice Braga (“Elysium”), Richard Ayoade (“The Mandalorian”), Wes Studi (“Woke,” “The Last of the Mohicans”), Fortune Feimster (“Bless the Harts”) and Zenobia Shroff (“The Affair”) provide the voices of the counselors. June Squibb (“Nebraska”) lends her voice to Gerel, a 106-year-old heading to The Great Beyond.
I am ready! I love my Disney plushes!
And don’t forget the activity sheets! Use them for a class project so the kids get extra credit!