Pixar Is Developing A Documentary About Upcoming Film ‘Soul’
According to a recent piece in Entertainment Weekly, Pixar’s Soul will be the subject of a brand new documentary about all that went into making this movie during a pandemic. According to the piece, Kemp Powers, co-director and writer for the film shared the news during a virtual press conference that took place with co-director Pete Docter and Producer Dana Murray.
“We ended up actually creating a documentary about the process of finishing Soul remotely that will come out at a future date, Powers teased.
According to producer Dana Murray there were still seven weeks of production left when the shelter-in-place orders for COVID-19 went into effect back in March. Murray said of the experience, “I guess we were really lucky and blessed of where we were at in production because the back-end is highly technical. So, people were able to literally grab their machines and go home with them, and we were up and running in a day or two.” She continued, “Our systems team is incredible. Everyone was just really resilient.”
Powers added, “Usually when we complete these films, we get to celebrate it.” He continues, “We have this big theater full of everyone celebrating the film being completely done and we weren’t able to do that. So, it just dawned on me fairly recently that outside of just a handful of people, most of the folks who worked on Soul have not seen the completed mixed film. It’s something that we still haven’t been able to share with the team that’s done it.”
As of going to print, not too much else is known about the film. EW reached out to Disney who did not confirm and official documentary. However, by all accounts it would be a perfect fit for Disney+ which ran a similar program covering the creation of Frozen 2.
Soul is also document worthy because it marks a massive first for Disney/Pixar in that it features a predominately Black voice cast including the incredible talents of Jamie Foxx, Questlove, Daveed Diggs, Phylicia Rashad, Angela Bassett, and Richard Ayoade. The film follows Joe (Foxx), a middle-school music teacher in New York City who finally gets his big break to play piano for a noted jazz musician. Even though his audition goes well, a treacherous accident afterwards puts him into a coma and sends his spirit to the You Seminar, a cosmic space where souls receive all their defining personality traits before merging with human bodies on earth. With help from a soul named 22 (voiced by Tina Fey), Joe races to reunite with his body.
As we previously reported here at MickeyBlog Disney announced last week that Soul would be skipping theaters this Fall and would instead be heading straight to Disney+ for a premiere on December 25th. This is a story that we’ll continue to follow closely. Readers are encouraged to keep checking in with us for further news and updates!
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Source: Entertainment Weekly