We may be stuck at home this holiday season once again but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy our Christmas Day with an inspiring film. On December 25th, Disney will be releasing their next feature Pixar film, Soul on Disney+. This film will ask us to analyze the question of, What makes you… YOU? To answer that we will follow the events in the life and death of Joe Gardner, voiced by Jaimie Foxx. He dreams of playing in the best jazz club in town. The film is directed by Academy Award winner Pete Docter. Who is responsible for such memorable films like Inside Out and Up.
With the film only a few weeks away, Pixar has released an extended sneak peek of the film. The clip is titled Joe Teaches Class. In it, we can see our protagonist Joe, teaching his music class and displaying his passion for music. You can check it out below!
JOE TEACHES CLASS CLIP
Docter, who grew up in a musical family and plays the double bass commented about his experience with music. “My folks are both teachers and both musicians,” says Docter. “There are three kids and we all became musicians. I think my mom enjoyed having the Von Trapp family; when people would come over, we’d have to perform. My two sisters stuck with it—one is a cellist with the Metropolitan Opera, and the other one is violist and a teacher.”
Co-director for Soul, Kemp Powers, also has a background in music. He used to be a music writer and played the alto saxophone in a jazz band during high school. “My son’s name is Mingus,” says Powers. “He’s named after Charles Mingus. A lot of us Gen Xers, particularly Black Gen Xers, fell in love with the bebop-era jazz artists—John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus, Miles Davis, of course Herbie Hancock. These guys were musical icons that—specifically in New York City—inform so much of the other big musical genre in the city, which is hip hop. The background tunes of my life are jazz and hip hop.”
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Joining Foxx on the voice cast of Soul are, Tina Fey, Phylicia Rashad, Donnell Rawlings, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, Angela Bassett, and Daveed Diggs. Jazz compositions & arrangements are by globally renowned musician and GRAMMY nominee Jon Batiste. Oscar winners Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross composed an original score.
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Disney/Pixar’s Soul Jazzes up your homes December 25th, only on Disney+.