Jabba’s school holiday flick pick: Soul

You might think that winning not one, but two Oscars, would make a person feel like their life had meaning.

In fact, exactly the opposite happened to Pixar’s Pete Docter, winner of Best Animated Feature in 2010 for Up, and again in 2016 Inside Out.

The result of his achievements is a brand new Pixar film Soul, which debuts on streaming service Disney+ on Christmas night.

The film tackles some big questions: “You’re conditioned in your life to think these great things, if you get an Oscar, boy then everything is perfect, but it doesn’t really work that way,” explains Docter.

Tina Fey and Jamie Foxx at Disney’s D23 EXPO 2019 in Anaheim, California. Credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney

“You still go home, and you’re the same person that you were before, and that’s what started this whole project.

“If that didn’t change everything, what will? What is life all about? What’s going on here anyway? We have this limited amount of time on Earth, let’s try and figure it out”

Soul origins

Soul is understood to be a companion piece to Inside Out, which explored the emotions inside the mind of a young girl Riley, based on Docter’s own daughter Elie.

The new film follows the adventures of a high school band teacher Joe Gardner, voiced by Jamie Foxx, who gets the chance of a lifetime to play at the best jazz club in town.

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