For the most recent episode of the Original Content podcast, we seemed again at “Soul,” which was launched on Disney+ on the finish of final yr.
The brand new Pixar movie tells the story of Joe Gardner, a highschool music instructor and jazz musician voiced by Jamie Foxx. Joe appears to be on the verge of his huge break when he by accident falls down an open manhole, sending him to a distinctly Pixar-ish twist on the afterlife, and finally on a metaphysical quest to return to his physique earlier than an vital live performance..
Anthony has been wanting to speak about “Soul” for some time — it was simply his favourite film of 2020, however he watched it proper after we recorded our dialogue of the best streaming content of 2020.
And if you happen to’re nervous that that is nothing greater than 40 minutes of reward, properly … you’re not completely fallacious. Each of us appreciated it so much, appreciating each its vibrant (and looking back, melancholy) portrayal of New York Metropolis life earlier than pandemic lockdowns and social distancing, in addition to its ingenious portrayal of the worlds our souls go to earlier than we’re born and after we die. (It was so ingenious that Jordan had to wonder if any uncommon substances might have been concerned in its genesis.)
Nonetheless, we did acknowledge a few of the criticism of “Soul,” significantly certain viewers’ disappointment that regardless that it’s the primary Pixar movie with a Black protagonist, Joe truly spends a big portion of the movie as a disembodied blue spirit — entertaining from a narrative perspective, however not fairly an unambiguous victory for illustration.
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If you happen to’d wish to skip forward, right here’s how the episode breaks down:
0:20 “Soul” overview
18:35 “Soul” spoiler dialogue