I am huge Disney nerd and it comes to movies and animations, Pixar is the Harvard of all the animation studios. Their talent and their technology to make movies visually stunning (along with an amazing story line) tops any other animation. Disney Pixar’s “Soul” finally shared a teaser trailer this last week and a new poster.
Before I tell you about the movie, I want to share a fun fact about Jazz and Kansas City. In the 1920s and even today Jazz is a huge part of Kansas City history. In the 1930s a new Jazz style called, bebop, was started in Kansas City! You can read all about it and even visit the Kansas City Jazz Museum on 18th and Vine next time you are traveling.
As a teacher and of course Kansas City native, this teaser caught my attention and peaked my interest! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!
“Soul” introduces Joe Gardner, a middle-school band teacher whose true passion is playing jazz. “I think Joe is having that crisis that all artists have,” says Powers. “He’s increasingly feeling like his lifelong dream of being a jazz musician is not going to pan out and he’s asking himself ‘Why am I here? What am I meant to be doing?’ Joe personifies those questions.”
The film is set in New York City—inviting filmmakers to capture everything they love about the city of dreams. “I was born and raised in New York,” says Powers. “This is the first time Pixar has gone to my hometown and I’ve been so impressed by the amount of energy that goes into making sure that everything is right. When the character’s in Queens, it looks like he’s in Queens. When he’s in Manhattan, it looks like he’s in Manhattan. It’s pretty incredible.”
When watching the trailer, I had to freeze it several times to check out the beautiful scenery and strong imagery of New York that the animators created. The trailer is so visually stunning. I noticed how the beginning scenes started with very warm colors and then when Joe gets sucked in the sewer the colors turn into cool colors with blues and greens. My guess is that this will symbolize the main character getting out of his comfort zone and dealing with some inner conflict.