“Today started out as the best day of my life,” laments Joe Gardner () to a stranger. Well, by “Joe Gardner” we mean a bespectacled, anthropomorphic ball of light representing his essence. Pixar’s next effort to terrorize our emotions, , follows passionate music teacher and jazz musician Joe, who falls down a manhole moments after securing the gig of a lifetime. When he comes to, he finds that he is no longer with his body, but another soul waiting in line to enter the afterlife. In a desperate attempt to return to Earth, he links with a newly formed soul 22 (), who rightfully has their reservations about this rapidly declining, but sometimes wonderful dump.
“I already know everything about Earth and I want nothing to do with it,” 22 insists, prompting Joe to show the newbie just what makes life worthwhile, like pizza (which is a solid argument).
This is the first full trailer of Pixar’s next big project that we’ve seen since the teaser was released in November. Directed by Pete Docter ( Inside Out, Up) and Kemp Powers ( Star Trek: Discovery), Soul will be the first Pixar film to have a Black character as the lead. Joining Foxx and Fey are Questlove, Phylicia Rashad, and Daveed Diggs, with a score composed by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. As of right now, Soul is set to premiere June 19, 2020.