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Walt Disney Studios has today released the trailer for the upcoming Pixar film “Soul,” and it looks to be another tearjerker from the director of “Up” and “Inside Out.” Academy Award winner Pete Docter directs, with Kemp Powers (“Star Trek: Discovery”) making his directorial debut as co-director.

Disney released the following synopsis as part of the trailer’s press release:

“Joe Gardner is a middle-school band teacher who gets the chance of a lifetime to play at the best jazz club in town. But one small misstep takes him from the streets of New York City to The Great Before – a fantastical place where new souls get their personalities, quirks and interests before they go to Earth. Determined to return to his life, Joe teams up with a precocious soul, 22, who has never understood the appeal of the human experience. As Joe desperately tries to show 22 what’s great about living, he may just discover the answers to some of life’s most important questions.”

Academy Award winner Jamie Foxx (“Ray”) voices Joe, while Tina Fey, Quest Love, Angela Bassett, Daveed Diggs and Phylicia Rashad also lend their voices as part of the ensemble. Docter and Kemp also penned the script along with Mike Jones. Academy Award nominee Dana Murray (“Lou”) produces, and Disney has also revealed that Nine Inch Nails members Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross will “compose an original score that will drift between the real and soul worlds.” This isn’t the first foray into film for the duo, having both won Academy Awards for their “The Social Network” score.

“Soul” looks to be another example of Pixar using a very mature and existential theme to base the film around, much in the same vein as “Inside Out” explored emotion and “Up” explored grief in very family-friendly ways.

2020 marks a rare year where Pixar have two films released, with “Onward” having recently hit theaters across the globe. The last time this occurred was in 2017 with the release of both “Cars 3” and “Coco,” the latter of which won two Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song.

Social Media links for “Soul”:

Facebook: http://facebook.com/pixarsoul/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/pixarsoul
Instagram: http://instagram.com/pixarsoul/
Hashtag: #PixarSoul

“Soul” opens in U.S. theaters on June 19, 2020.

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