After landing the gig of a lifetime, a New York jazz pianist suddenly finds himself trapped in a strange land between Earth and the afterlife.


Pete Docter, Kemp Powers (co-director)


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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)


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 »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


(at around 19 mins) A Brave (2012) Easter Egg pops up in the video during the mentor training presentation by one of the Jerry's. A soul finds its spark after it successfully fires an arrow into the center of one of three targets, alluding to the scene where Merida demonstrates her archery skills during the presentation of suitors by firing her arrow into three targets. See more »


(at around 39 mins) When in the hospital elevator after body change, 22 said many things Joe knows, "all in this stupid brain of yours", like 22 knows everything about Joe's memory. But later when Joe's hair got ruined (at around 51 mins), Joe said "we got to see Dez", and 22 responded with ""Great! Who's Dez?" 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

Produced at Pixar Animations Studios, "and at our homes at least six feet away from each other in the Bay Area." See more »

Alternate Versions

The movie's DVD and Blu-Ray release excludes the Disney+ Original logo at the beginning. See more »


Parting Ways
Written, Produced & Performed by Cody ChesnuTT
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User Reviews

Resonated with me - overall an excellent film
28 March 2021 | by lukeb-16082See all my reviews

Overall a fantastic film with a excellent message which has resonated with me.

As a 25 year old struggling/panicking on starting a career, no idea what I want to do with my life/ getting somewhere in life, getting caught up in the mayhem of end up forgetting the important things in life, almost to take a step back and appreciate everything you have right now.

The animation is fantastic and quite eye popping in 4K, especially when played back on a oled!

The story was exceptional, and really resonated with me. I found a fair few funny moments in this film too, which both adults and children will appreciate.

Overall a excellent film, Pixar have done wonders.

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English | Korean | Inuktitut

Release Date:

25 December 2020 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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