Pixar's 'Soul' was inspired after 'Inside Out' co-director felt dissatisfied with the success of his 2015 Oscar-winning movie
Joe Gardner (Jamie Foxx) is a middle school band teacher with unrealized dreams of becoming a jazz musician. Disney / Pixar
Pixar's next film, Soul, starring Jamie Foxx and Tina Fey, explores how people's personalities are created.
While it might remind you of 2015's "Inside Out," which examined people's emotions, co-director Pete Docter says Insider "Soul" is not a sequel to his previous film.
The director said even though he received an Oscar for best animated feature, he is still not satisfied.
"['Inside Out'] came out and luckily people liked it and it went well and we got some awards and all that. And then I was like, 'Now what?'" Said Docter.
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About 15 minutes after "Soul" you might be wondering if Pixar's next film is a sequel, or at least a spiritual cousin of the 2015 hit "Inside Out".
After falling into a manhole, aspiring musician Joe Gardner (Jamie Foxx) finds himself in "the great before", a place where souls get their unique personalities before they travel to earth to familiarize themselves with their human form connect.
That little bit of information could lead fans of director Pete Docter's 2015 film, which focused on where the emotions are coming from, to wonder if there's any connection to his new one this fall.
"Well, it's definitely not a sequel," said Docter, who is co-directing Soul with Kemp Powers, to Insider over Zoom during a virtual press day for the film. "It's a completely different world and characters, but it was born from 'Inside Out'."
"My experience with the film was in a way a boot camp for us," said Docter. "I don't know that we would have been able to handle the complexity of this film if we hadn't had that experience [with 'Inside Out']."
Docter, who is also Pixar's current chief creative officer, said during a virtual press conference that Insider attended that the two films are closely related, but not in the traditional sense. "Inside Out" inspired the direction of "Soul", which the Pixar team has been working on for about five years.
Docter told Insider that he did not experience a deep sense of satisfaction following the release of "Inside Out," which grossed more than $ 858 million at the box office worldwide and won an Academy Award for Best Animated Image.
Producer Jonas Rivera (left) and director Pete Docter celebrate "Inside Out," winning Best Animated Feature Film at the 2016 Oscars. C Flanigan / FilmMagic via Getty Images
"My whole life has been about this movie," said Docter. "Eventually it came out and luckily people liked it and it went well and we got some awards and all that. And then I said, 'Now what?' Is that really what I'm supposed to be doing? That didn't satisfy me as I for some reason expected. "
"Soul" arose from the existential question of whether or not working on animated films was Doctor's best use of his time on earth.
"I thought all of my personal problems would be fixed," Docter continued. “I don't know what I was thinking, but it was kind of like waking up for me, 'OK. Where does this really fit in with life?' That's really the crux of it ... It really came out of that experience, making the first film. "
Joe (far left) finds himself in a world of souls called "the great before" and just wants to return home for a potentially life-changing jazz session. Instead it is in another soul called "22".
With that in mind, the film deals with slightly more mature topics.
In the first 35 minutes that Insider showed "Soul", Joe is trapped in "the great before" as a soul that does not want to die and is desperate for a way to return to earth. He is mistakenly paired as the mentor of a soul named 22 (Tina Fey) who, conversely, doesn't want to start her life. This is where the real adventure begins and the film begins.
"Soul" is co-directed by Docter and Powers ("One Night in Miami"), who have joined the film over the past two years.
Disney announced on Thursday that the film will skip its scheduled November 20th release. It will now debut exclusively on Disney Plus on December 25th at no additional cost.
Check out a trailer for the film here.
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