Disney and Pixar released the first trailer today for their upcoming animated film “Soul.”
The movie will be directed by Pete Docter, who has directed other Pixar hits like “Monsters Inc.,” “Up,” and “Inside Out,” according to Variety. Actors Jamie Foxx and Tina Fey are set to voice the two lead characters.
The movie follows Joe, a music teacher, who dies before he has the chance to achieve his dream of becoming a jazz performer, according to Variety. His soul separates from his body, and he teams up with another soul named 22 (Fey) to get back to earth so that he can fulfill his dream.
“What would you want to be known for on earth?” asks main character Joe (Foxx) in the trailer.
“We only have a short time on this planet,” he says later. “You want to become the person 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 willing to contribute something meaningful to this world.”
The concept behind “Soul” has drawn comparisons to Pixar’s 2015 film “Inside Out,” which depicted the personified emotions of a young girl, according to the Deseret News.
Docter talked to Entertainment Weekly about the way that they chose to animate and portray the soul characters.
“We talked to a lot of folks that represented religious traditions and cultural traditions and (asked), ‘What do you think a soul is?’” Docter told Entertainment Weekly. “All of them said ‘vaporous’ and ‘ethereal’ and ‘non-physical.’ We were like, ‘Great! How do we do this?’ We’re used to toys, cars, things that are much more substantial and easily referenced. This was a huge challenge, but I gotta say, I think the team really put some cool stuff together that’s really indicative of those words but also relatable.”
“Soul” will be coming to theaters June 19, 2020, Variety reports.