Last Updated on: December 22nd, 2023

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“Soul” is an animated fantasy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures in 2020. Directed by Pete Docter, the film takes audiences on a thought-provoking journey that explores the meaning of life, passion, and the pursuit of one’s dreams.

The story centers on Joe Gardner, voiced by Jamie Foxx, a middle school music teacher and aspiring jazz pianist who feels unfulfilled with his life. When he finally gets the chance to perform at a jazz club with a renowned musician, he has an accident that separates his soul from his body. As a soul, he finds himself in the Great Before, a realm where new souls develop their personalities before being sent to Earth.

In the Great Before, Joe encounters 22, voiced by Tina Fey, a soul with a unique perspective on life and a reluctance to embrace her Earth assignment. Together, they embark on an adventure through the ethereal and earthly realms, discovering the essence of what it means to live a meaningful life.

“Soul” delves into profound themes of purpose, passion, and the pursuit of one’s dreams. The film beautifully portrays the complexities of human emotions and the significance of finding joy and fulfillment in life, regardless of one’s career or ambitions.

Pixar’s signature animation style is on full display in “Soul,” with vibrant and imaginative visuals that bring both the Great Before and New York City to life. The attention to detail in capturing the essence of jazz music is also a standout feature, with the film’s score composed by Jon Batiste and an original jazz-inspired soundtrack by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.

Critics and audiences praised “Soul” for its originality, emotional depth, and heartwarming storytelling. The film received widespread acclaim for its thought-provoking themes and messages that resonate with audiences of all ages.

In addition to its critical success, “Soul” won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Score at the 93rd Academy Awards, further solidifying its place as one of Pixar’s most celebrated works.

Overall, “Soul” is a moving and introspective film that encourages viewers to contemplate the true meaning of life and the pursuit of happiness. Its poignant storytelling, stunning animation, and memorable characters make it a remarkable addition to the Pixar filmography and a significant contribution to the world of animated cinema.

Additional Details



  • Producers: Pete Doctor and Dana Murray
  • Director: Pete Doctor
  • Co-Directors: Kemp Powers and Dana Murray
  • Music: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

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