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Joe Gardner is the protagonist of the upcoming Pixar film Soul.

Background

Joe Gardener was a middle school band teacher who has long dreamed of performing jazz music onstage, and finally gets a chance after impressing other jazz musicians during an opening act at the Half Note Club. As he was celebrating his new gig, he accidentally fell down a manhole and got his soul sent to The Great Before, where he meets a soul with a dim view of life named 22. They later learn that Joe's body is sill alive, and he must find his way back with 22's help before time runs out.

Physical appearance

As a human, he is African-American with a black mustache and has black-rimmed glasses on to see better. He wears a grey fedora, a black sweater, brown pants, and red shoes.

As a soul, his nose is not featured but his glasses and fedora are now part of him.

Trivia

  • He's the first African-American protagonist in a Pixar film.

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Soul logo
Media
Soul
Characters
Joe Gardner22 • Curly • Mrs. Gardner • Paul • Dorothea Williams
Locations
New York City • You Seminar • The Great Before • The Great Beyond
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