As Disney and Pixars Soul near their Disney + debut on December 25th, a new look at the critically acclaimed feature film is now available. In the film, Joe Gardner (voiced by Jamie Foxx) is a middle school band teacher who dreams of playing in the best jazz club in town. Filmmakers found that they could relate to the character’s passion for music.
Disney and Pixar soul Also includes the voices of Tina Fey, Phylicia Rashad, Donnell Rawlings, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, Angela Bassett and Daveed Diggs. The film is directed by Docter, co-directed by Powers and produced by Dana Murray. Jazz compositions and arrangements are by world-renowned musician and Grammy nominee Jon Batiste, while Oscar® winners Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross (The Social Network) composed an original score.
Director Pete Docter grew up in a musical family and plays the double bass. “My people are both teachers and both musicians,” says Docter. “There are three children and we all became musicians. I think my mother enjoyed having the Von Trapp family. If people came over, we’d have to perform. My two sisters stay with us – one is a cellist at the Metropolitan Opera and the other is a violist and teacher. “
Co-director Kemp Powers, who was a former music writer, played alto saxophone in a jazz band during high school. His affinity for jazz plays a big role in his personal life. “My son’s name is Mingus,” says Powers. “It’s named after Charles Mingus. A lot of us Gen Xers, especially the Black Gen Xers, fell in love with the bebop-era jazz artists – John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock of course. Those guys were there are music icons who – especially in New York City – provide so much information about the other great music genre in town, namely hip hop. The background music in my life is jazz and hip hop. “
“Life has so much to offer,” says Joe at first sight. “We only have a short time on this planet. Don’t miss out on the joys in life. Make sure you enjoy every minute of it.”
Topics: Soul, Disney Plus, Streaming
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