Although Pixar’s new animated original Soul was pushed to debut on Disney+ instead of in theaters, there is still quite the buzz surrounding this film!
From Director Pete Docter and Co-director and writer Kemp Powers comes a unique tale that poses life’s ultimate questions of existence. So, what exactly provoked the film’s creators to tackle one of life’s biggest questions in animated form for viewers all over the world? At ITM we got to hear exclusively from the filmmakers about the inspiration behind Pixar’s Soul.
Docter posed this question to himself and his own life. He had this to say:
I basically feel like, you know, making animated films is what I was born to do, and yet there are [MAKES NOISE] some days, uh, where I find myself wondering,“Really? Cartoons? You know? Is this really what I’m supposed to be doing with my limited time on Earth?”In fact, you know, in darker days, [LAUGH] e-around now, I wonder sometimes is there any point to it? If I had a choice, would I decide to be born and come live? And so really, it’s that thought, that struggle, uh, that became our-the s-the core of our film.
I very quickly realized that in [LAUGH] many ways Joe really was just like me, so then I could use my own experiences to inform writing this character. Just how much was he like me? [LAUGH]Well, how old is Joe? He’s 45 years old. Coincidentally, I’m also in my mid 40’s. Joe lives in New York, which is, um, my hometown, and-although Joe is from Queens, and I’m from Brooklyn, and everyone knows that Brooklyn is better. Um, [LAUGH] Joe is a musician, and coincidentally, I used to be a music critic, I’m a musician myself, and my son is even named after the jazz great, Charles Mingus.