Video Interviews

Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey, and Soul Cast Talk Getting "In the Zone" and Making History

The first Pixar film to focus on Black characters and experiences presented unique opportunities for its star-studded roster of actors and animators.

by | December 14, 2020 | Comments

Pixar’s newest critically acclaimed film, Soul, bears many of the studio’s hallmarks: it’s a high-concept metaphysical story about who we are as people with echoes of Inside Out… and, yes, it will make you bawl. But it might also be the animation giant’s most distinct and ambitious movie yet. From directors Pete Docter and Kemp Powers, Soul stars Jamie Foxx as jazz pianist Joe, who never quite broke out but hasn’t let go of his dreams, and who’s forced to take a look at his life when a near-death experience sends his soul into a different world – one full of other souls, many of them as lost as he is. It’s challenging stuff, but heartfelt and funny, with a killer soundtrack and a story that, for the first time in Pixar’s history, centers on Black characters and experiences. Ahead of the movie’s premiere on Disney+, Rotten Tomatoes editor Jacqueline Coley sat down with Foxx, co-stars Tina Fey, Phylicia Rashad, Angela Bassett, and Questlove, plus Docter, Powers, and producer Dana Murray, to talk about crafting a unique entry into the Pixar canon, the moments in their lives they felt the spark Joe feels, and the roles that put them “in the zone.”

Soul is available on Disney+ from December 25, 2020. 

On an Apple device? Follow Rotten Tomatoes on Apple News.

Tag Cloud

TIFF rotten VH1 IFC 73rd Emmy Awards Calendar Sundance Nickelodeon Wes Anderson Animation Mary Tyler Moore HBO Go canceled TV shows black Year in Review popular Cartoon Network Netflix richard e. Grant festivals batman Anna Paquin 21st Century Fox Black History Month 2018 reviews godzilla Pirates marvel cinematic universe anime all-time VOD comedies Spectrum Originals BET Awards dark adventure Star Wars MCU renewed TV shows Disney+ Disney Plus docuseries 2021 christmas movies CW Seed Writers Guild of America DC Universe Marathons vs. Tomatazos hispanic mutant YA RT21 teaser die hard new star wars movies indiana jones king arthur vampires Grammys Adult Swim football robots biography Spring TV Sneak Peek quibi television 93rd Oscars Countdown OWN werewolf The Arrangement Universal Pictures Trophy Talk remakes Disney Plus worst movies Shondaland Mystery dogs war james bond TCA Winter 2020 SundanceTV diversity comiccon Country Election dexter new zealand TV Land new york Musicals strong female leads Travel Channel golden globe awards comic book movies a nightmare on elm street Nat Geo docudrama American Society of Cinematographers Britbox sitcom Summer Turner Classic Movies facebook crime drama GIFs heist movie boxing revenge Rock debate The Walt Disney Company Kids & Family Sundance TV aliens Fall TV kong travel Musical scary movies Lionsgate stop motion archives LGBT BET NBC justice league AMC Plus Red Carpet Quiz New York Comic Con south america YouTube Premium Fox Searchlight The Walking Dead Disney mockumentary scary natural history Legendary Elton John Netflix Christmas movies hist unscripted ABC Family versus action-comedy Comic Book royal family Mudbound Classic Film TCA Awards The Academy Masterpiece TCM BAFTA golden globes Comedy Central Lucasfilm dragons jamie lee curtis series mission: impossible cops 2019 adenture what to watch WGN USA Network LGBTQ crime thriller Trailer free movies nfl Freeform dreamworks book adaptation historical drama fast and furious critic resources witnail Starz Television Critics Association cooking Esquire Neflix Amazon Prime cats Baby Yoda PlayStation FOX Character Guide Image Comics Interview blockbuster Peacock art house politics TruTV Video Games Music serial killer kids Nominations Endgame Captain marvel Reality Competition dramedy Turner fresh pirates of the caribbean comic books satire Brie Larson sopranos classics Sundance Now Comics on TV Tokyo Olympics Holiday ViacomCBS talk show Funimation true crime FX space italian Pet Sematary worst Shudder Crackle name the review know your critic ABC Signature doctor who USA lord of the rings Disney streaming service Tumblr miniseries trailers police drama Box Office Paramount Network Comedy cults FX on Hulu DirecTV critics 007 Hear Us Out laika based on movie 1990s book 24 frames Reality Exclusive Video news PaleyFest TV One biopic sag awards Amazon BBC America streaming spanish spanish language Warner Bros. scene in color BBC One APB king kong Drama binge franchise cars Black Mirror DC streaming service Mindy Kaling San Diego Comic-Con olympics Lifetime comics TNT live action Film Pixar cancelled TV series venice spain Disney Channel Oscars IMDb TV Women's History Month Podcast supernatural basketball nbcuniversal Dark Horse Comics rotten movies we love prank breaking bad Infographic Avengers Showtime TV movies Super Bowl slashers posters Horror 4/20 mob saw Polls and Games live event award winner disaster razzies MSNBC toy story wonder woman AMC adaptation E! NYCC Academy Awards medical drama parents ABC directors dceu telelvision target 2017 71st Emmy Awards suspense gangster spinoff OneApp SDCC Tarantino technology dc streaming movies jurassic park international TLC halloween universal monsters superman See It Skip It Spike Comic-Con@Home 2021 cancelled TV shows screen actors guild Pride Month 2016 Logo First Reviews spider-verse Hulu toronto psycho feel good Valentine's Day Crunchyroll President TCA singing competition emmy awards Rocketman A&E 72 Emmy Awards mcc discovery nature IFC Films Amazon Studios Teen 90s sequels 45 game show stoner romantic comedy animated YouTube Red Set visit Marvel Studios foreign Paramount Plus children's TV Song of Ice and Fire blockbusters anthology Watching Series Pop australia boxoffice period drama child's play Acorn TV Heroines Lifetime Christmas movies hidden camera twilight elevated horror crossover genre Emmys NBA Amazon Prime Video reboot DGA aapi HBO Max Chernobyl Syfy Tubi zombie theme song blaxploitation Action El Rey screenings deadpool harry potter japan chucky cancelled television casting french Creative Arts Emmys Certified Fresh crime movies Ellie Kemper zombies The Witch spider-man YouTube movie hispanic heritage month obituary Holidays thriller Universal Ghostbusters sequel National Geographic PBS criterion MTV game of thrones stand-up comedy Instagram Live Toys video VICE CMT Mary poppins indie Sony Pictures 2020 20th Century Fox Epix best Superheroes Awards 2015 psychological thriller Marvel Television Television Academy halloween tv GoT Rom-Com TV CBS Trivia rt labs critics edition tv talk Martial Arts ghosts Film Festival zero dark thirty independent X-Men Pacific Islander Apple Biopics science fiction ratings TCA 2017 First Look Opinion ESPN FXX Sci-Fi Bravo rt labs CNN cancelled comic green book political drama Binge Guide Hallmark 78th Annual Golden Globe Awards Columbia Pictures Paramount TV renewals japanese Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Emmy Nominations hollywood Alien high school Photos SXSW comic book movie E3 RT History documentaries rom-coms documentary Cannes Walt Disney Pictures marvel comics transformers Rocky Ovation Marvel young adult Mary Poppins Returns Thanksgiving Christmas Extras Best and Worst ITV Awards Tour Fox News BBC scorecard TBS Western Pop TV The CW Superheroe films Winners Winter TV black comedy Star Trek Fantasy Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Food Network ID monster movies CBS All Access slasher canceled women HBO composers festival kaiju joker sports Arrowverse Discovery Channel Stephen King Cosplay Vudu Hallmark Christmas movies cinemax The Purge Schedule social media video on demand spy thriller finale History GLAAD WarnerMedia Apple TV+ asian-american concert legend latino rt archives A24 99% romance superhero Premiere Dates Family cartoon Apple TV Plus Broadway DC Comics