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A musician who has lost his passion for music is transported out of his body and must find his way back with the help of an infant soul learning about herself.


Pete Docter, Kemp Powers (co-director)


Pete Docter (story & screenplay by), Mike Jones (story & screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jamie Foxx ... Joe (voice)
Tina Fey ... 22 (voice)
Graham Norton ... Moonwind (voice)
Rachel House ... Terry (voice)
Alice Braga ... Counselor Jerry (voice)
Richard Ayoade ... Counselor Jerry (voice)
Phylicia Rashad ... Libba (voice)
Donnell Rawlings ... Dez (voice)
Questlove ... Curley (voice) (as Ahmir-Khalib Thompson a.k.a. Questlove)
Angela Bassett ... Dorothea (voice)
Cora Champommier ... Connie (voice)
Margo Hall ... Melba (voice)
Daveed Diggs ... Paul (voice)
Rhodessa Jones Rhodessa Jones ... Lulu (voice)
Wes Studi ... Counselor Jerry (voice)

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Joe is a middle-school band teacher whose life hasn't quite gone the way he expected. His true passion is jazz -- and he's good. But when he travels to another realm to help someone find their passion, he soon discovers what it means to have soul.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Everybody has a soul. Joe Gardner is about to find his.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements and some language | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Hidden A113 Easter Egg: when Terry is searching for Joe, she pushes a key on the piano, which is an A2 note (normally 110 Hz) on a detuned piano which, if you check the tuning, is actually at 113 Hz. See more »


It makes no sense for Joe to stay outside the bathroom while 22 is taking a shower in his body, since neither would mind the nudity. This was done purely for the sake of the audience. See more »


[first lines]
Joe: All right, let's try something else.
[tapping stick]
Joe: Uh, from the top. Ready. One, two, three.
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Crazy Credits

The Walt Disney Pictures orchestral version of "When You Wish Upon A Star" is played by the middle school jazz band, leading into the opening scene, and is somewhat off-key. See more »


Things Ain't What They Used to Be
Written by Mercer Ellington
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User Reviews

Loved it almost to tears (and I'm a big man with a beard)
26 December 2020 | by Bert08See all my reviews

Before explaining why I liked this movie, I'd like to point out that the main idea of the movie is *NOT* that you need find your purpose to have a happy life. It's the exact opposite! I'm not saying this just to be a professor, but because it's really important and that's why I loved the film so much. You don't need to be fixated about something to find a meaning in your life. You need to savour it and learn to enjoy the little moments instead of waiting for something big to happen to reach happiness. It's so profound and refreshing. A movie just about a guy waiting for his big moment and feeling fulfilled after having reached it would have been dull, boring, trite and most of all wrong, like pretty much all "self-help" advices. Instead the opposite idea is presented and if you just pay attention to the dialogues -and the story, really- you'll understand what I mean and most importantly what you might apply to make your everyday life better. But back to the movie I've got to say I almost cried as the end was approaching as much as I was going to turn off the tv when the movie started. The whole initial setting reminded me too much of Inside Out, a film I quite disliked, so I was worried it was a copy of it (it kind of is in the beginnin). But luckily the second half steered away from it and developed in one of the most moving film I've seen in a long time. Undoubtedly one of Pixar's best.

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Release Date:

25 December 2020 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Soul See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »


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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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