Pixar's Soul has been streaming on Disney+ and warming hearts since Christmas Day. And five months later, it won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature along with receiving two other nominations. So in honor of Soul’s big win at this year’s 93rd Academy Awards, watching Soul with your family once again, or for the first time, is a must.
In Soul, Oscar-winning actor and comedian Jamie Foxx voices a middle-school band teacher named Joe Gardner who gets the chance to play at the best jazz spot in New York City. But a fall down a manhole takes Joe's soul into the afterlife, where souls are placed to get quirky personalities. While he’s there, he meets another soul named 22, voiced by Tina Fey, who "never understood the appeal of the human experience." Ultimately, Joe must show the soul why living topside is pretty cool while trying to figure out a way to make it back to his own body.
Soul also stars Tony-award-winning actress Phylicia Rashad, Golden Globe-award-winning actress Angela Bassett, and Hamilton's Daveed Diggs, with music by Questlove and renowned jazz musician, Jon Batiste. It’s an incredible movie with an incredible cast, so here’s everything you need to know.
How To Watch Soul
With a subscription, Soul is available to stream on Disney+ whenever you’d like. You can access Disney’s streaming platform on smart TVs, Roku, Apple, and Android mobile devices, as well as Xbox and PlayStation games consoles. The movie was originally scheduled to be released in June of 2020, but was pushed back to a Christmas Day release on the streaming platform due to the pandemic.
Soul Has Collected Several Nominations
Aside from winning an award for Best Animated Feature Film, Soul was also also nominated for Best Original Score and Best Sound at the Oscars. What’s more, the movie is already a two-time Golden Globe winner for Best Animated Motion Picture and Best Original Score. Soul is also the winner of the BAFTA Awards, AFI Awards for Movie of The Year, the African-American Film Critics Association for Best Animated Feature, and Alliance of Women Film Journalists for Best Animated Feature.
Soul Has Made Pixar History
Foxx's character in Soul is Pixar's first Black protagonist, a moment the father of two does not take lightly. "This is historic. This is monumental," the 53-year-old actor told USA Today in a December 2020 interview.
"This is a remarkable, monumental character, the first African American character and it couldn't have come at a better time," Foxx later told Associated Press, reflecting on his summer involvement with the Black Lives Matter demonstration. "This is something we could all come together and take steps towards healing, put some smiles on people's faces."
Kemp Powers also made history as Pixar’s first Black writer and director as well as the first debut Black filmmaker to win a Golden Globe for an animated feature film.
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