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“Ever wonder where your passion, your dreams and your interests come from? What is it that makes you… YOU?”
Soul is an upcoming American 3D computer animated science fantasy comedy adventure film produced by Pixar set to be released on June 19, 2020. The film will be directed by Pete Docter, co-directed by Kemp Powers, and produced by Dana Murray. It will be Pixar's 23rd feature film.
Joe Gardner is a middle school band teacher with a love for jazz music. After a successful gig at the Half Note Club, he suddenly gets into an accident that separates his soul from his body and is transported to the You Seminar, a center in which souls develop and gain passions before being transported to a newborn child. Joe must enlist help from the other souls-in-training, like 22, a soul who has spent eons in the You Seminar, in order to get back to Earth.
According to Disney Television Animation News' Twitter, #Soul envisions a world where souls are trained prior to becoming part of babies - which is why they immediately have personalities from birth. The story centers on a music teacher named Joe, who dreams at playing at a prestigious jazz club, and finally gets his chance.
Coincidentally, both films were directed by Pete Docter, who is also producing this film following John Lasseter's departure.
This will be the first film to have Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross compose music for a Pixar film while this will be the second film to be a musical with Jon Batiste providing the songs, the first being Coco.
Thus, it is also the third Pixar film to have it music score composed by two composers after The Good Dinosaur and Onward (both of which are composed by Mychael Danna and Jeff Danna).