In a unprecedented move for a Disney movie — or any, for that matter — we will get two different albums from Pixar’s latest release Soul this Christmas.
Unfortunately, many people confuse soundtracks and score (even in the industry). So, when Hans Zimmer, John Williams, or Ludwig Goransson releases an album from a movie, there are no words. Well, outside of the chants from some Benedictine monks or creepy kids during Halloween.
That is a film score.
It’s melodies that move us all during a scene and lead into a crescendo that we (used to) walk out of theaters sharing with friends.
And then, there are soundtracks.
This is the music with words. Music that shapes film, TV, and generations. One day soon, our friends at The Sound Matrix will be producing a difficult A-List of the best soundtracks of all time. (We may even have a draft of the same thing on the Down the Rabbit Hole podcast coming soon as well.)
Songs that put you back in a certain place and time as your feet are tapping to the beat. Those words are time-travelling moments we never forget. Soundtracks are magical…and today, we discover Pixar’s latest film, Soul, is so powerful, we will get both!
God Bless Our Soul
Fans of Pixar’s animated gifts were looking forward to hearing the sounds and seeing the sights inside their most recent film, Soul. The movie will star some solid musical talent like Daveed Diggs, Quest Love, and Jamie Foxx. There were many reasons to mark your calendars for…June 2020.
Yeah, not so much. Thanks, Corona!
When would we get to see this in theaters? Again, thanks to this pandemic and people not being able to keep a damn mask on, the answer is no time soon. In fact, Disney announced Soul will fall victim to the VOD experience on Christmas Day.
In case you missed it…
“We are thrilled to share Pixar’s spectacular and moving ‘Soul’ with audiences direct to Disney+ in December. A new original Pixar film is always a special occasion, and this truly heartwarming and humorous story about human connection and finding one’s place in the world will be a treat for families to enjoy together this holiday season.”Bob Chapek, CEO of The Walt Disney Co., June 2020
The wonderful thing is unlike Mulan with its “premium” offering of $30, Soul will be free. Consider it a Christmas gift. And now, we get two more.
For the film’s original score, Soul is composed by Academy-Award winners Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross (The Social Network, Watchmen, Gone Girl, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Mank).
Will Soul be full of that esoteric, ethereal tone the Nine Inch Nails boys are known for providing? Probably not. It’s a kids’ show after all. But you never know. This is Disney and they like to kill parents, so there’s an opportunity for grief.
For the film’s soundtrack, Soul will most definitely live up to its name.
The soundtrack will be full of classic and modern jazz provided by Grammy-nominated and Juilliard School Master’s graduate Jon Batiste. The guy is so smooth and extremely talented.
Currently, he is the Music Director of The Atlantic, the Co-Artistic Director of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, and is on the board of Sing For Hope.
In other words, he’s a pretty big deal. And if all things work out, so will Soul. Prepare to see both of these albums involved in Grammy and Oscar talk, along with the movie.
Soul comes to Disney Plus December 25.