Joe Gardner (Soul)

Last Updated on: January 31st, 2024

Who is Joe Gardner?

Joe Gardner is the central character in Pixar’s animated film “Soul” (2020). He is a middle school music teacher and a passionate jazz pianist who aspires to perform on stage with notable jazz musicians. Joe’s character embodies the universal quest for purpose, fulfillment, and the exploration of life’s true meaning.

At the onset of the narrative, Joe lands a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to play with the esteemed saxophonist Dorothea Williams. However, a near-death experience propels him into a whimsical realm known as the Great Before, where souls receive personalities before being sent to Earth. Here, he meets 22, a soul reluctant to live life on Earth. Together, they embark on a profound journey exploring the essence of life, passions, and what it means to have a soul.

Through various comedic and heartfelt misadventures, both in the Great Before and on Earth, Joe discovers that life’s purpose isn’t solely tied to one’s passions or achievements. He learns to appreciate the simple, everyday joys of life, transcending the initial narrow focus on his musical aspirations.

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Joe Gardner’s character arc is a deep reflection on the human experience, exploring existential themes that resonate with audiences of all ages. His journey illustrates the multifaceted nature of life, encouraging a broader perspective on personal fulfillment and the celebration of life in its entirety.

Joe, voiced by Jamie Foxx, brings humor, emotion, and relatability to the narrative, making “Soul” a thought-provoking and heartwarming film that delves into the complexities of existence, aspirations, and the beautiful intricacies of being alive.

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  • Joe Gardner From ‘Soul’ Performs in Pixar Place Hotel at Disneyland Resort, January 31, 2024
  • Disney and Pixar’s ‘Soul,’ ‘Turning Red’ and ‘Luca’ are Heading to the Big Screen Nationwide for the First Time, December 6, 2023
  • ‘The World’s Most Magical Celebration’ Comes to McDonald’s with 50 Unique Toys, September 14, 2021
  • Soul Wins Best Animated Feature at Oscars, April 26, 2021
  • Pixar’s “Soul” Wins Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature, March 1, 2021
  • “Soul,” “Mulan,” and More Disney Films Named for the 93rd Oscars Shortlists, February 11, 2021
  • Pixar’s ‘Onward’ and ‘Soul’ Are Officially Eligible for the 2021 Oscars, January 30, 2021