Pixar Shares a First-Look at its First Black-Led Animated Film “Soul”

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Disney debuted a first look at its upcoming Pixar film “Soul,” which will feature its first black lead character!

On Saturday, Disney’s new creative head and Pete Docter (“Inside Out,” “UP”) appeared at the D23 Expo in California to announce the release of the upcoming animated film. Co-directed by Docter and Kemp Powers, the film features a star-studded cast featuring black Hollywood’s finest like Jamie Foxx, Phylicia Rashad and QuestLove. The animated film will also see appearances from Tina Fey and The Incredibles star John Ratzenberger.

As Variety reports, the film will follow a middle-school band teacher, voiced by Foxx, who dreams of playing at a legendary New York jazz club. After taking an unexpected step into an open manhole, the musician is transformed to his soul form in another realm – where he meets another soul, 22, played by Tina Fey.  After meeting the souls-in-training, the jazz performer must find his way back in order to land is big gig.

“Seeing a lead character that looks like me period, is such an inspiration, and to now be working on a film like Soul, animating these characters that I can identify with. I’m at a loss for words. It means more than just seeing it. Feeling like these characters could be your family, is the real thing that I look at,” Pixar animator Frank Abney told The Root. “I feel like we (as an industry) still have some work to do, but we’re making some nice steps in the right direction! Let’s keep going!”

Soul is expected to hit theaters June 19, 2020!

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