First Official ‘Soul’ Trailer Features the ‘Great Before’ with an Incredible Artistic Style

In the first official trailer for Soul, you will get a glimpse of not only the ‘great beyond’ but a look into the ‘great before’.
Joe falling into blackness in Soul

Pixar’s upcoming feature film, Soul, will have you asking the question, “What makes you…YOU”. As the first official trailer for the film was just released, you get to see a glimpse of not only the ‘Great Beyond’ but a visual wonderland of the ‘Great Before,’ the place where souls get their “personalities, quirks, and interests before going to earth.”

When the teaser trailer for Soul was released back in November 2019, we were blown away with the music and the sets showcasing New York City. Today, as we watch the official trailer, we couldn’t help ourselves but fall in love with the artistic approach the Soul team took when using a 2D line-style of animation in some of the scenes. One of our all-time favorite scenes from any Pixar film is the abstract thought scene from Inside Out, and the Soul trailer not only reminded us of this scene but the minimalistic sets featured in the trailer allowed the characters to shine through with their dialogue and storyline.

Joe and 22 eating pizza in Soul

The storyline of Soul follows Joe Gardner is 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, 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.

Pixar Soul Dorothea Williams

Featuring the voices of Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey, Phylicia Rashad, Angela Bassett, Ahmir Questlove Thompson, Daveed Diggs, “Soul” is directed by Academy Award® winner Pete Docter (“Inside Out,” “Up”), co-directed by Kemp Powers (“One Night in Miami”) and produced by Academy Award nominee Dana Murray (Pixar short “Lou”). Globally renowned musician Jon Batiste will be writing original jazz music for the film, and Oscar®-winners Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross (“The Social Network”), from Nine Inch Nails, will compose an original score that will drift between the real and soul worlds.

Joe Gardner Death
Joe Gardner in Hospital Pixar Soul


Join us LIVE (to take place March 12, at 10:00 PM ET / 7:00 PM PT) to discuss and breakdown the trailer on our Pixar Post YouTube channel. Additionally, you can discuss even more about the latest trailer on the Pixar Post Forum thread all about Soul.

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