‘Soul’ Trailer Jazzes Up Another Musical Adventure From Pixar

From the very first Toy Story to its latest animated film, Onward, Pixar has proved time and again, they now how to make audiences laugh and they know how to make audiences wipe away tears. (Often overheard in Coco, Inside Out, Up, and so on: “I’m not crying; you’re crying.”) Looks like Pixar is at it again with the latest trailer for Soul.


We meet band teacher and jazz musician Joe Gardner, right after he lands his big jazz break – and right before he falls into an open manhole. Gardner soon finds himself on a mysterious journey towards a bright light… Or rather, his soul finds itself on a magical mystery tour of the great beyond. Joe’s soul is then transported to the “You Seminar”, where he assists soon-to-be-born souls come to formation before they move into newborn infants. One of these souls, named 22, has a dim outlook on life, and she and Gardner have to work together in order to accomplish their goals; Gardner, to get back to his own body before it’s too late, and 22, to finally get into a body of her own after years of searching.


Check out the trailer below:



In addition to featuring a rather heavy plot for a children’s movie, Soul is notable for being Pixar’s first movie with an African-American lead. Jamie Foxx (Ray) heads up a voice cast that includes Tina Fey (Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock), Angela Bassett (Black Panther), Questlove (Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping), Daveed Diggs (Hamilton), and Phylicia Rashad (Creed).


Soul is directed by Pete Docter, who also directed Academy Award-nominee Monsters, Inc. and Academy Award-winning hits WALL-EUp, and Inside Out. A new poster was also released alongside the trailer, which can be seen below:



Soul is scheduled for a June 19, 2020 release date. However, due to the theatrical upheaval caused by the Coronavirus, a delay may occur.