Pixar to Release First-Ever Animation Film With a Black Lead Character

The time has finally come!!! Pixar, a subsidiary of Disney has finally decided to make a change in the movies they release. The studio known for movies such as the Toy Story series, The Incredibles, Cars, and Coco to name a few has finally made the decision to create a movie with a Black person as the lead character. In 33 years of creating animated films, the company has 21 movies that it has created and this will be the first centered around a Black character.

The film will be called Soul, which will focus on what it means to have life and death, pretty similar to Pixar’s Coco. Soul will tell the story of Joe Gardner, a middle school band teacher who really just loves playing jazz music. The voice of the Mr. Gardner will be played by none other than the multi-hyphenate, Jamie Foxx.

In the film, Joe Gardner will fall into a manhole where it is just his soul in a magical place. Throughout the movie, Mr. Gardner's soul will be "in training" as he finds out what it really means to have a soul. The question, “What would you want to be known for on earth?” is asked in the film, encouraging us as viewers to use our time on earth wisely.

Other voice actors for the film will be Daveed Diggs, from The Get Down, the ever-so talented Phylicia Rashad, and Questlove, the drummer of the Roots Crew.

Soul is set to be released in theatres on June 19th, 2020. Until then, enjoy the trailer.

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