Soul director Pete Docter, co-director and screenwriter Kemp Powers and producer Dana Murray teamed up with American anthropologist Dr. Johnnetta Cole and jazz pianist Jon Batiste to deliver a sneak peek of the film during a virtual panel titled “Finding Soul.” The video features “Parting Ways,” a song penned, produced and performed by multi-talented musician Cody ChesnuTT. Check out the virtual panel as well as a clip from Soul in our post!
Dr. Johnnetta Cole and jazz pianist Jon Batiste worked as cultural consultants on Soul, and one huge reason why this animated feature is on my radar lies in its spotlight on Jazz.
Soul centers on Joe Gardner (Jamie Foxx), a middle-school band teacher who gets a shot to play at the best jazz club in town. A simple twist of fate leads him from New York to The Great Before, an environment where new souls get their personalities and passions before they head to Earth.
Determined to get back to his life, Joe befriends a soul named 22 (Tina Fey) and teaches 22 the wonders and joy of the human experience. Pete Docter (Inside Out, Up) co-directed the feature with Kemp Powers (One Night in Miami), and the feature hits theaters on November 20.
The utilization of Cody ChesnuTT as part of the musical fabric behind Soul also has me excited, and if you have never given a listen to his diverse array of music (he’s best known for his collaboration with The Roots on “The Seed 2.0”). One of my personal favorites from ChesnuTT’s discography is “Till I Met Thee” from his album Landing on a Hundred:
Disney and Pixar’s Soul is headed to U.S. theaters on November 20, 2020. Are you excited for the film? Drop a comment below!