As Christmas Day is just around the corner, Disney and Pixar are ready to give fans a musical feast as a gift.
On Dec 25, the animated film Soul will be released in Chinese mainland theaters.
Soul tells the story of middle-school music teacher Joe Gardner, who has wanted nothing more than to be a musician. One day, he gets the chance after impressing some jazz musicians at a club. But before he can get his big break, an untimely accident takes his life, causing his soul to be sent to the Great Beyond. Gardner manages to escape to the Great Before – a fantastical place where new souls get their personalities, quirks and interests before they go to Earth. Here Gardner meets a soul, 22, who he tries to convince of the beauty of living.
Essentially, “a soul who doesn’t want to live meets a soul who doesn’t want to die,” director Pete Doctor told the website Inside the Magic.
本质上就是，“一个不想活的灵魂遇到了一个不想死的灵魂，”导演彼特·道格特在接受网站Inside the Magic采访时表示。
Soul has a 98 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It’s also received rave reviews from those who saw early releases of the film.
With its themes of musical aspiration and mortality, Soul has a close relationship with the 2017 Pixar production, Coco, Wendy Ide wrote in her review on the website Screen Daily. “[Soul is] visually glorious, frequently very funny and genuinely profound.”
Gardner and 22s journey, the characters they encounter and the discoveries they make along the way all lead to an important lesson about life.
As co-director Kemp Powers said, “The people who achieve their dreams aren’t the only ones whose lives have value.”