What defines our personality? Is it the visible exterior or a more intangible sense of self? These are just two of the questions put forth in the trailer for Disney-Pixar's Soul, a typically ambitious adventure that examines the essence of every human being on Earth.
The studio have of course done this before – 2015's Oscar-winning Inside Out physicalised a young girl's emotions as we went on a jaunt inside her head. However, Soul transports us into a whole other realm known as You Seminar, a place where souls are given personalities before being placed into human bodies.
This is where aspiring jazz musician Joe Gardner (Ray's Jamie Foxx) finds himself after an accident involving a manhole cover. Having just achieved his dream job, he must race to get back to his physical body, all the while accompanied by human-hating 22 (30 Rock's Tina Fey). The movie is directed by Up and Inside Out Oscar-winner (and current creative head of Pixar) Pete Docter, and promises to sneak in plenty of profound messages beneath its family-friendly exterior.
"We talked to a lot of folks that represented religious traditions and cultural traditions and [asked], ‘What do you think a soul is?'" Docter tells Entertainment Weekly. "All of them said ‘vaporous’ and ‘ethereal’ and ‘non-physical.’ We were like, ‘Great! How do we do this?’ We’re used to toys, cars, things that are much more substantial and easily referenced. This was a huge challenge, but I gotta say, I think the team really put some cool stuff together that’s really indicative of those words but also relatable."
Soul is released in Cineworld cinemas on the 19th of June 2020, preceded by fellow Disney-Pixar title Onward on the 6th of March 2020. Excited? Watch the trailer and let us know @Cineworld.