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Forget the racial politics, Pixar’s first black-led movie, ‘Soul’, isn’t about being black – it’s about being human

9 8 20
29.12.2020

Soul’, the new film from esteemed animation studio Pixar that premiered on the streaming service Disney on Christmas Day, has attracted a lot of attention for featuring the first black protagonist in the company’s history.

The film tells the story of Joe Gardner (Jamie Foxx), a good-hearted jazz musician (who happens to be black) making a living teaching music at a New York City middle school.

On the day Joe’s life is about to change following an audition with a famous saxophonist searching for a piano player, things end up taking an unanticipated twist.

What follows is a very existential and mildly entertaining metaphysical magical mystery tour through life, death, art, and New York City.

In this era of aggressive wokeness and cancel culture, Pixar and Disney went to great lengths to make sure ‘Soul’ was not deemed racist and was acceptable to black people.

According to the New York Times, “Knowing their work would be minutely scrutinized, the director Pete Docter, the co-screenwriter Mike Jones and the producer Dana Murray, who are white, set out to create a character who would be believably Black while avoiding the stereotypes of the past.”

So, the question is how could these artists, who are members of a race (white) so despicable the New York Times refuses to capitalize it, believably create a character whose race (Black) is so superior that it........

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