Teaser trailer for Pixar's Soul asks if you're living your best life
The animation studio will explore what a soul is, according to a report.
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The new teaser trailer out Thursday for
's upcoming animated feature Soul asks a question people have likely been asking themselves for eons: "What would you want to be known for on Earth?"
In the trailer, musician Joe Gardner, voiced by Jamie Foxx, waxes poetic about how humans have a short time on Earth, so it's best to spend that limited time pursuing passions and contributing something meaningful to the world.
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The movie is all about "the artist's journey," Pixar writer Kemp Powers told EW, Wednesday, and how obsessively chasing success in the creative arts is "detrimental to the rest of your life."
Foxx's character, Joe Gardner, is a middle school teacher moonlighting as a jazz musician in New York City, EW reported.
Soul, which is being directed by Pixar head Pete Docter, sees Joe finally get his dream job -- but then die in an accident, EW said. His soul then works at a place called You Seminar, where he helps make and give personalties to other souls before they're sent to join human bodies, according to the report. He then meets a soul named 22 -- voiced by Tina Fey -- who hates humans and wants to avoid going to Earth.
"We went in a completely different direction than any of the other films that Pete's done," Powers told EW. "It's hard to contain our enthusiasm over how much people are going to be surprised by what they see."
Fey also helped write the script, according to the report, which sees Joe and 22 try to get his soul back to his body.
Docter told EW that the writers spoke to "a lot of folks that represented religious traditions and cultural traditions" about what they think a soul is. "We're used to toys, cars, things that are much more substantial and easily referenced. This was a huge challenge."
The movie will also star the voices of Daveed Diggs, Questlove and Phylicia Rashad, and feature music by Jon Batiste and an original score from Oscar winners Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.