As Disney and Pixar’s Soul finally nears its debut on Disney+ this December 25th, Pixar dropped a new sneak peek of the critically acclaimed feature film. This clip gives fans an insight into Joe Gardner’s middle-school band classroom. Joe is a teacher who dreams of playing in the best jazz club in town. So not only us, but also filmmakers found they could relate to the character’s passion for music. We love music here at The Honey POP, so to see a character share this passion is so refreshing to see!
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The people behind the film could resonate with this movie and put their own experiences into the characters and the film. Even the director, who grew up in a musical family and plays the double bass relates to Joe.
My folks are both teachers and both musicians. There are three kids and we all became musicians. I think my mom enjoyed having the Von Trapp family; when people would come over, we’d have to perform. My two sisters stuck with it—one is a cellist with the Metropolitan Opera, and the other one is a violist and a teacher.
Director Pete Docter
Also, co-director Kemp Powers, who used to be a music writer, played the alto saxophone in a jazz band during high school, spoke out about how much the film’s story means to him. His affinity for jazz plays a big role in his personal life, which is the same for the movie’s main character Joe.
My son’s name is Mingus. He’s named after Charles Mingus. A lot of us Gen Xers, particularly Black Gen Xers, fell in love with the bebop-era jazz artists—John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus, Miles Davis, of course, Herbie Hancock. These guys were musical icons that—specifically in New York City—inform so much of the other big musical genre in the city, which is hip hop. The background tunes of my life are jazz and hip-hop.
Co-director Kemp Powers
We love how much love, dedication, and personal experience went into this movie. Music connects us all and transcends languages. It is really beautiful to see, and this movie will for sure be an amazing present for this Christmas. What is your passion? What is your favorite genre of music that shaped you? Are you excited for Pixar’s Soul? Tweet us @TheHoneyPOP or find us over on Facebook and Instagram!
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