Pixar Finds Its ‘Soul’ With Jamie Foxx & Tina Fey [D23]

The Playlist | 8/24/2019 | Gregory Ellwood
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ANAHEIM – D23 has become an event where all the divisions of the Walt Disney Studios make one announcement after another. For instance, we now know the “Black Panther” sequel’s release date, Kit Harrington is now a cast member of the MCU (although not the new Wolverine) and that Awkwafina is in Disney Animation’s “Raya The Last Dragon.”. Pixar, on the other hand, is just venturing into major star casting for its films after avoiding the big names since Owen Wilson took the wheel of “Cars” in 2006 (hey, he was big then). They’ve already brought Chris Pratt and Tom Holland into the mix for “Onward” and today, the Disney division revealed its leading voices for “Soul” were none other than Jamie Foxx and Tina Fey.

Both stars earned one of the louder ovations of the day with Fey deadpanning, “I’m so glad to be here, guys! This was the only way I could get passes!” Foxx found himself recording the 7,000+ on hand with his camera, but the cast, which also includes Questlove, Phylicia Rashad and Daveed Diggs, was perhaps the second most intriguing part of the project. Set for release next June, the Pete Doctor film goes into partially uncharted territory for a Pixar film.

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Our hero is Joe Gradner (Foxx), a middle school teacher who yearns for his dream job as a jazz pianist (yes, this movie has jazz in it, composed by none other than Jon Batiste) at the Blue Note Cafe in New York City (is this the first Pixar movie partially set in New York?). On his way home something, um, unfortunate happens and his soul is returned to the “You Seminar.” First, you know the soul is gonna look like cute animation and, no surprise, it does (“Inside Out” style). Second, the You Seminar is...
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