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Why Disney Pixar’s Soul Will Be A Hard-hitting Animation

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Have you ever wondered what makes a person who they are? How our feelings control us? Or what happens once our time on earth comes to an end? Well, it seems as though Disney heard our unanswered questions. And turned them into an uplifting, imaginative animation with the imminent release of Pixar’s Soul.

Pixar has already delved into how our emotions guide us in Inside Out (2015). They have toyed with the idea of the afterlife through Coco (2017). And now they are shining a light on our identity, life, and mortality with Soul. Areas that even have theorists baffled.

Earlier this year the multi-billion-dollar animation studio announced their next upcoming venture. Soul (2020) is set to be yet another hit. On the surface, the film is whimsically upbeat. But let’s delve into the animation’s deeper meaning, and why it will be so hard-hitting.

The plot

Jamie Foxx voices Joe Gardener, a middle school music teacher with a passion for jazz. On the day that Joe lands his dream gig, he falls victim to a fatal accident. But instead of departing to the “Great Beyond” his soul ends up in the “Great Before.” A place that allows Soul to develop their personalities. As Joe tries to navigate his way home he is subject to an “out of body” experience. One which he must muddle through to be reunited with his body.

Identity

Pixar’s Soul enhances the concept of identity through its majestic animation and mesmerising music. The setting is embedded in African-American ethos. Joe lives in the outskirts of New York City and is very much part of the black community. Jazz is also a huge part of the film, which originates from African-American culture.

The cast is predominantly of BME descent. Even the end credits show the names of fact-checkers who ensured the film’s authenticity.

Yet, it would be a little broad to say that Pixar’s Soul simply explores the concept of cultural identity. In truth, the film delves into much more than the idea of individualism. It contemplates the purpose of existence itself. Quite a feat for a Disney. But Disney Studios are renowned for their “meaningful” animations.

Life, death and mortality

The film appears to take Coco’s concept of death and mortality to the next level. Where Coco’s premise surrounded the afterlife, Soul transports us to the in-between. A place where souls reside to gain personalities and interests.

After Joe’s fatal fall he transforms from man to a charming blue blob form, replicating his soul. He finds himself travelling on a giant escalator towards a bright light in the middle of a black void. But before the light swallows him he scrambles away, ending up in a place called the Great Before.

Joe’s forming friendship between another soul, named 22, is familiar. Pixar is renowned for creating opposing friendships and it simply works. Though, it’s within this friendship where the ideas of existence truly come to light. 22 has no wish to ascend to the living world. Whereas Joe would give anything to go back.

Pixar has achieved the hard task of blurring the lines between these firm concepts. Disney has created a great existential animation. By the simple use of colour, gentle insight and humour.

The reviews

Reviews have been outstanding considering the movie has not been released. One reviewer wrote: ‘its target is the key to life, the universe, and all that jazz. You can’t aim much higher than that.’ (Rotten Tomatoes)

Since Disney announced the first trailer for Pixar’s Soul animation, the film has caused quite a stir. Rotten Tomatoes have presented a rating of a whopping 100%, unusual for a film yet to air.

Though, on the opposite end of the reviewing world, a controversy has emerged. Disney has recently announced that the new release date will be on Christmas Day. But it will only be available via their platform Disney Plus.

This has caused an uproar amongst the theatre industry in the wake of COVID-19. Cinema numbers have plummeted despite new safety measures put in place. With Soul being yet another movie to bypass the big screen, the outlook for the near future may be bleak.


Thanks for reading our article on why Why Disney Pixar’s Soul will be a hard-hitting animation. Are you planning to see it? Do you agree or disagree with our points or have anything to add? If so, leave us a comment below.


Read our Pixar shorts article HERE.

Read IMDB information on Soul HERE.

Soul is currently scheduled to be released in cinemas on 25 December 2020.

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It seems that Hollywood is on an adaptation bender these days. With the upcoming Dune film to the To all the Boys I’ve Loved Before Netflix franchise, there is a lot of money to be made in book to screen adaptations. And there are a ton of them in the works. Here’s 15 book to movie adaptations that will soon be coming to a screen near you.

1. The House of Gucci – November 24th, 2021

You don’t have to wait long to watch this true story unfold. Written by Sara Gay Forden, the book goes into the real-life whodunnit of the murder of Maurizio Gucci. Starring Lady Gaga and Adam Driver, this film is coming out this November.

2. Where the Crawdads Sing – June 24, 2022

This bestseller is going to premiere next summer on Netflix. The book, written by Delia Owens follows Kya; a young woman with a turbulent life, who becomes the prime suspect in a mysterious murder. Daisy Edgar-Jones is set to play Kya.

3. The Nightingale – December 23, 2022

The Nightingale, written by Kristin Hannah, follows the lives of two French sisters after their lives are torn apart by World War Two. The film stars sisters Elle and Dakota Fanning and is set to be released on 23 December 2022.

4. The School for Good and Evil – 2022

Written by Soman Chianani, The School for Good and Evil is a middle-grade standout. It takes place at twin schools that kidnap two children every year. Alongside the children of famous fairy-tale heroes and villains, these children are then trained at either the School for Good or the School for Evil. Eventually becoming the next generation of fairy tales. This film has big names in the cast, such as Charlize Theron, Laurence Fishburne, and Kerry Washington. The main characters Sophie and Agatha will be played by Sophia Ann Caruso and Holly Sturton. Shadow and Bone mainstay Kit Young will also be in this adaptation. It has wrapped filming and will come out sometime in 2022.

5. All Quiet on the Western Front – 2022

Who else remembers reading this in school? The classic was written by Erich Maria Remarque and chronicles the horrors of World War One. The book is being adapted as a film by Netflix. It’s going to be directed by Edward Berger and will star Daniel Bruhl. This is actually the third time the book has been adapted for the screen and will premier in 2022.

6. House of the Dragon/ Fire and Blood – 2022

Rejoice Game of Thrones fans, there’s more coming your way. Based on the book Fire and Blood by George R. R. Martin, this Game of Thrones spin-off follows the Targaryens 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones. It’s being produced by HBO and will be a ten-part limited series. It’s set to premiere in 2022.

7. Bridgerton (Season 2) – 2022

The pandemic hit Bridgerton has also been renewed for season two. The second season will cover The Viscount Who Loved Me, by Julia Quinn. This love story will centre around Anthony Bridgerton. There’s no official release date, but speculation puts it at 2022.

8. A Discovery of Witches (Season 3) – 2022

AMC +’s Discovery of Witches has been renewed for season three. The show is based on Deborah Harkness’All Souls Trilogy. It centres around actors Matthew Goode and Teresa Palmer as a vampire and witch who fall in love. It’s set to premiere sometime in 2022.

9. Shadow and Bone (Season 2) – 2022/2023

Netflix’s Shadow and Bone has been confirmed for a second season. It will cover the events of the second book, Siege and Storm. It’s also unclear if it will dip into the Six of Crows duology. You can read more of our coverage of season two of Shadow and Bone here.

10. Ninth House – TBD

Written by the same author of Shadow and Bone, Ninth House is Leigh Bardugo’s adult fiction series. It follows Yale freshman Alex Stern, who has the ability to see ghosts. She is hired to oversee the dark magical dealings of Yale’s secret societies and gets caught up in forces beyond her imagination. Picked up less than two days after its release in 2019, Ninth House is in the works for an Amazon series adaptation. The show does not have a release date yet and is still in pre-production. Leigh Bardugo is currently writing both the sequel and the show, according to her Instagram.

11. They Both Die at the End – TBD

When Mateo and Rufus are told that they will die, they befriend each other to enjoy their last day. After the project fizzled out at HBO, They Both Die at the End has now been picked up for a tv show by Entertainment One. The show will also be written by the author of the book, Adam Silvera. There is no release date yet.

12. The Selection – TBD

A staple of 2010s dystopian fiction, The Selection by Kiera Kass is right up there with Divergent and the Maze Runner. The Selection follows America Singer, who is selected to compete in a Bachelor-like competition to select the next Queen. What feels frivolous quickly becomes a high-stakes competition for the fate of the country. The Selection is set to premiere on Netflix as a movie. Haifaa Al-Mansour is attached to direct. You can expect to be able to watch The Selection in mid-2021.

13. The Red Queen – TBD

Another mainstay of mid-2010’s dystopia is the Red Queen series, by Victoria Aveyard. The Red Queen is set in a world divided by blood colour. The silver-blooded have superpowers and rule over the kingdom. The red-blooded are powerless; living in poverty and serving as cannon fodder to the war. But when red-blooded Mare Barrow reveals the power to manipulate lightning, everything changes. Elizabeth Banks is executive producing and directing The Red Queen for a TV series at Peacock. She will also play a key role. We’re still waiting on a release date, but Aveyard has co-written the pilot.

14. Blackout – TBD

Blackout is a collection of short stories following black teenagers who stumble upon love in the middle of a blackout in New York City. Authors include Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Nicola Yoon, and Ashley Woodfolk. The collection is going to be adapted into a six-part anthology on Netflix. The Obamas are actually producing Blackout under their flagship Higher Ground banner and Temple Hill. There is no release date yet.

15. Long Way Down – TBD

Written by Jason Reynolds, Long Way Down takes place in the sixty seconds the main character decides whether or not to murder the man who killed his brother. It’s being adapted into a feature film by Universal and is produced by John Legend and Michael De Luca. There is no release date yet.


That’s our list of 15 book to movie adaptations coming out soon. Which one are you most looking forward to seeing? Let us know in the comments below.


Check out the five things you missed in Bridgeton Season One HERE.

Read iMDB information on The House of Gucci HERE.

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