Terry Hunter reviews SOUL, the new animated feature from Pixar-Disney

Four years in the making, SOUL is a clever and very creative animated feature from Pete Docter who also directed INSIDE OUT and UP. And like those movies, SOUL is full of wit and wisdom that will appeal more to adults than to kids. Jamie Fox voices the character of Joe, a jazz pianist who nearly dies in an accident and winds up in the “Great Before,” a realm where new souls acquire their personalities, quirks and interests before they are born into bodies on earth. In the “Great Before” Joe is paired with a soul (voiced by Tina Fey) who doesn’t want to go to earth at all. The two do wind up on this planet, but I don’t want to spoil anything by saying what happens to them here. I can tell you that SOUL is playful and entertaining. Plus, it offers solid philosophical ideas about life that I would never expect to find in a cartoon that’s being marketed as a kids movie. When was the last time you saw a feature length animation that gave advice on how to find meaning in life, in part by not obsessing over your goals?

Terry Hunter reviews SOUL, the new animated feature from Pixar-Disney