Pixar’s latest animated feature, Soul”s most recent trailer reveals a new song. Soul is Pixar’s first, and overdue, black feature film. The film follows Joe (Jamie Foxx), a middle school band teacher who longs for more in his life.
His passion is playing jazz music, and just when he books his first gig, an accident sends his soul to an unknown, ghost-like realm called “The Great Before.” While helping another being in this pre-life realm, Joe discovers what it means to have soul.
Musicals are a fairly new expedition for Pixar, and rarely do their characters break out into song. There are a couple jingles, like Finding Nemo’s “Just Keep Swimming” and Inside Out’s “Triple Dent Gum”, but while catchy, they hardly qualify as musical numbers.
Toy Story showcased Pixar’s potential to create great musical moments with “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” by Randy Newman, but it wasn’t until Coco that Pixar would release its first full-blown movie musical with hit single “Remember Me” and an entire soundtrack written and composed by Germaine Franco, Adrian Molina, Robert Lopez, and Kristen Anderson-Lopez. Now, Soul has the potential to be Pixar’s next movie musical hit.
In the latest Soul trailer uploaded by Pixar, a new song emerges titled “Parting Ways”, written, produced and performed by Cody ChesnuTT.
The trailer offers a glimpse into Joe’s life as a middle school band teacher, when on his daily commute back home, a subway performer catches his attention. The performer launches into “Parting Ways” as the trailer cuts to the moments of passion in Joe’s life from playing a record with his son to holding hands with his wife on the beach.
So what do you think about the trailer guys? Do you plan to watch the flick when later release?