I recently chatted with the cast and filmmakers of Disney Pixar’s Soul and learned so much about this beautiful film.
A few weeks ago I was able to chat with the cast and filmmakers of the new Pixar film, Soul. This movie is going to touch your heart once you watch it, trust me! Being able to participate in this interview and learn more about the behind the scenes, and the story of where this film came from, made me love it even more. That is why I want to share with you what I learned, because I just know it will make you appreciate Pixar’s Soul so much much.
Be sure to check out my Soul review.
Disney Pixar’s Soul Cast & Filmmaker Interview
You probably know already that I am a huge fan of Pixar, and have even visited their campus in California twice, so this was an interview I was very excited to be a part of.
- Tina Fey (voice of “22”)
- Phylicia Rashad (voice of “Libba Gardner”)
- Angela Bassett (voice of “Dorothea Williams”)
- Jamie Foxx (voice of “Joe Gardner”)
- Pete Docter (Director/Story & Screenplay by)
- Kemp Powers (Co-Director/Story & Screenplay by)
- Dana Murray (Producer)
Fun Facts About Soul
During the interview, I learned so much about this fantastic film, right from the cast and directors. I want to take the time to highlight a few of my favorites for you. Knowing these just might make you appreciate the film even more.
- Tina Fey says there was a little bit of improv, but most of the lines come right from the script, which is a testament to Kemp Powers and Pete Docter.
- Tina Fey found her “creative spark” when she wrote a play in college, but was not in the play. That was the first time she witnessed others getting laughs for her comedy and it was, what she calls, a unique thrill.
- Phylicia Rashad found her “creative spark” when she was 11 years old. She was on stage in an elementary school program and overheard a mother speaking about her performance. She called her “the little girl that spoke so beautifully” and remarked that she was also beautiful. She knew she wanted to be an actress when she grew up.
- Angela Bassett found the New York in Soul to be particularly authentic. The neighborhood specifically reminded her of Hell’s Kitchen. All the restaurants, grates, and the subway, but also the grime and the dirt. A sensory overload, which is overwhelming, and wonderful.
- Jamie Foxx‘s youngest daughter told him that he has done animation before, but not the good kind. Now that he is Pixar, he has made it.
- Donning the role of Joe Gardner has been momentous for Jamie Foxx, especially because of his musical roots.
- Joe Gardener’s character wasn’t always a musician. Pete Docter told us that they played around with maybe an actor, or scientist before realizing you don’t get into jazz to be rich and famous. This career choice makes Joe feel more selfless. That is also when they realized that Joe had to be black – -from the culture that brought us the great American art form of jazz.
- Dana Murray says that they had the dream cast and consulting team on Pixar’s Soul. They brought together the black employees to be a part of the daily process.
- Kemp Powers has been told that in order to appeal to a wide audience, you want to get away from a lot of “black stuff”. But he feels the opposite saying “there is universality by going for hyper specificity. My number one defense is, do you not enjoy Sopranos and The Godfather if you’re not Italian?“
- Something that Jamie Foxx says, that really relates to the message of Soul, is “the world has been here however many billions of years. So, 70, 80, 100 years is what? It’s a blink of an eye. So, I say to everybody, don’t waste your blink. Live your life.“
If you have already seen Soul than you know that really is the message behind it. Live your life to the fullest and don’t overlook the little things. I hope you enjoyed these things I learned from the interview with the cast and filmmakers, and I hope you enjoy Soul!
Grab these free printable Soul activity sheets!
What is it that makes you…YOU? Pixar Animation Studios’ all-new feature film “Soul” introduces Joe Gardner (voice of Jamie Foxx) – a middle-school band teacher who gets the chance of a lifetime to play at the best jazz club in town. But one small misstep takes him from the streets of New York City to The Great Before – a fantastical place where new souls get their personalities, quirks and interests before they go to Earth.
Determined to return to his life, Joe teams up with a precocious soul, 22 (voice of Tina Fey), who has never understood the appeal of the human experience. As Joe desperately tries to show 22 what’s great about living, he may just discover the answers to some of life’s most important questions.