To celebrate the release of Disney Pixar’s Soul, earlier this week we were able to chat with story artist Michael Yates. Not only did he gives us a brief tutorial on how to draw Joe but he also shared a few more fun facts about the film. I would show you my drawing, but then you’d laugh and I would cry…so let’s get on to the fun facts, bonus features and giveaway!
Disney Pixar’s Soul Fun Facts
- There were 73,611 story drawings done for Soul.
- They pictured the great before like a Kindergarten class when thinking it through how it would look for them to learn about life. The souls were the students and the Jerry’s were the teachers.
- Jamie Foxx brought alot to the character,
- Joe’s hat is almost part of his head on the soul version.
- On the soul form of Joe, his glasses are lighter.
- There were 3 different story ideas about Joe’s life sequence that they didn’t end up going with. In fact, they worked on that portion of the film many times over the years.
- They did a lot of experimenting with Joe’s soul because they did not want him to look like a ghost.
- The opening scene, where the kids are interacting in Joe’s classroom, was inspired by Michael’s own experience in band class.
- The story board portion of the film wrapped before their studios became virtual (because of the pandemic)
- They struggled some with Joe’s mom, so they all sat and chatted about their moms after a screening and came up with what you see in the film. So, she is a culmination of various moms.
Disney Pixar’s Soul is now available on 4K Ultra HD™, Blu-ray™, DVD, and Digital!!! To celebrate, we are giving away Disney Pixar’s Soul Digital Code (enter for your chance to win below)
Disney Pixar’s Soul Bonus Features
Here’s what you’ll get when you purchase Soul :
- Deleted Scenes
- Introduction – Writer Mike Jones and story supervisor Kristen Lester introduce the Soul deleted scenes.
- Mentor Orientation – Joe sneaks into the You Seminar Mentor Program orientation, trying to figure out how on earth he can get back to Earth.
- Clubhouse Forgery – Joe follows 22 into her “secret lair” as she reluctantly agrees to help him find his way back to Earth.
- Home Lessons – Stuck inside Joe’s body, 22 clumsily attempts to help the downstairs neighbor.
- Living the Dream – Joe has a heart-to-heart with 22 about her fear of living on Earth, then tries to make his way back home via a dream portal.
- Press Shot – Joe, stuck in a cat’s body, and 22, stuck in Joe’s body, take the subway to the jazz club for a publicity photography session.
- Audio Commentary – View the film with audio commentary by director Pete Docter, co-director/writer Kemp Powers and producer Dana Murray.
- Not Your Average Joe – See the thought and care that went into crafting Joe and his story in Pixar’s first film to feature a Black leading character.
- Astral Taffy – Get an in-depth look at the artistry and technical innovation that went into creating the sets and characters of Soul’s world.
- Pretty Deep for a Cartoon – The filmmakers tackle big questions, such as: Where does a newborn’s personality come from? What’s the meaning of life? And more!
- Into the Zone: The Music and Sound of Soul – Explore the movie’s different sonic worlds and discover how music drives and adds specificity to Joe’s journey.
- Soul, Improvised – See how the Pixar Systems team and Soul’s crew managed to finish the film on schedule during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Jazz Greats – Giants of the jazz world who consulted on Soul share their passion and hard-won wisdom about what music is and does for us all.
Jamie Foxx leads an all-star cast in this hilarious, heart-filled adventure. Disney and Pixar’s Soul introduces Joe, who lands the gig of his life at the best jazz club in town. But one misstep lands Joe in a fantastical place: The Great Before. There, he teams up with soul 22 (Tina Fey), and together they find the answers to some of life’s biggest questions.