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First Teaser Arrives For Pixar's 'Soul'

2020 is set to be quite a year for Pixar. Not only are they releasing two films, but for the first time since 2015's Inside Out/Good Dinosaur double, both of these are set to be originals. We've already had a sneak peek at the first of the two, Dan Scanlon's Onward (set for release in March). But for many, the more intriguing of the two was Soul, the new original concept from Inside Out's Pete Docter.  And now we have a teaser for that too.

Soul stars a teacher named Joe Gardner (voiced by Jamie Foxx) who has lost his passion for music. One day though, he is given an opportunity to perform at a jazz club he has dreamed of playing at all his life. Unfortunately, he then gets into an accident, leading his body to get separated from his soul. In the soul realm, he teams up with a fledgeling soul (voiced by Tina Fey) to try and get back to his body.

The teaser starts off with a vibe quite different from anything we've seen from Pixar before. Soundtracked by Joe's playing, it shows us a vibrant and diverse New York positively teeming with life. After Joe's accident (which we won't spoil the details of here) we get only the briefest look at what comes next.

We see only a blank, minimalist space, but we're sure there's much more to be seen. We also get our first look at Fey's 'infant soul' - who is named 22. Based on this briefest of appearances, she seems to be a standard-issue wacky side-kick, but with Docter on board, we've got faith that there will be something more interesting going on here.

Soul is directed by Pete Docter and co-directed by Kemp Powers. Powers (whose credits include Star Trek Discovery) also co-wrote the screenplay with Docter and Mike Jones. Alongside Foxx and Fey, it co-stars Daveed Diggs, Phylicia Rashad and Ashmir-Khalib Thompson. The film is scheduled to hit cinemas in June 2020.