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Pixar ‘Soul’ Documentary Coming Soon About Finishing Film During COVID

Recently, The Walt Disney Company made the decision to move the film “Soul” from a theatrical release to stream directly on Disney+. The decision to launch “Soul” on the streaming service was made due to marketplace conditions created by the ongoing pandemic.

Now, according to Entertainment Weekly, the studio is developing a documentary for Disney+ that will highlight the filmmaking process and difficulties of developing an animated film remotely during the pandemic.

During a virtual press conference, the documentary was announced by Kemp Powers, who is one of the co-directors and writers on the film.

“We ended up actually creating a documentary about the process of finishing Soul remotely that’ll come out at some future date,”

According to Murray, there were “seven weeks of production left” when shelter-in-place ordinances came down in March after the COVID-19 pandemic spread to the United States. “I guess we were really lucky and blessed of where we were at in production because the back-end is highly technical. So, people were able to literally grab their machines and go home with them, and we were up and running in a day or two,” she explains. “Our systems team is incredible. Everyone was just really resilient.”

“Usually when we complete these films, we get to celebrate it,” Kemp says. “We have this big theater full of everyone celebrating the film being completely done and we weren’t able to do that. So, it just dawned on me fairly recently that outside of just a handful of people, most of the folks who worked on Soul have not seen the completed mixed film. It’s something that we still haven’t been able to share with the team that’s done it.”

No other details about the documentary have been provided, but it will likely premiere closer to “Soul‘s” Christmas release on Disney+.

In Pixar’s “Soul,” 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.

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.


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