What Would You Want to Be Known For On Earth?

One of the great modern, nihilistic, hedonist philosophers of our time, Howard Stern, once infamously stated on his terrestrial radio show, “The problem with life isn’t that it’s too short, the problem is it drags on and on.”

Let’s kick this trailer review off right. Tina Fey, take off your shirt.

And now, we have the teaser trailer of Soul, Disney Pixar’s sequel— in many ways—to Inside Out.

What Inside Out did for your kids’ understanding of their brain and emotions, it looks like Soul will do for your kids’ understanding of the afterlife.

Oh, goody gumdrops.

Check out the teaser below:

The summary is as follows:

The film will explore the You Seminar, an academy where souls learn how to build passion within themselves before graduating and inhabiting a newborn child. Foxx plays, Joe Gardner, a man with a deep love for jazz, who is stuck as a middle school music teacher. After years of longing to perform onstage rather than teach, Joe finally gets his big break after an open mic at the Half Note Club that impresses the other players so much that he gets a gig.

But as he celebrates, an accident separates Joe from his soul, and his soul travels back to the You Seminar, where he meets other souls-in-training that help him find his way back to Earth. Among them is 21, played by Fey, a soul who has spent eons at the You Seminar and has a dim view of human life.

Don’t Waste Your Time on All The Junk of Life…

Except, the problem with that life philosophy is that rent, the mortgage, bills, food, and clothing aren’t free and on-demand when you want them.

No matter what the entire American Democratic party might have you believe. Everybody pays for life with the drudgery, or the Sisyphean joy, of thankless tasks that suck the soul from existence.

Fresh prints from the Fresh Prince.

But, we stopped telling children and adults that basic truth sometime after the first Internet bubble burst and now, 20 years later, we’ve got this twaddle.

Directed by Pete Docter, produced by Dana Murray and stars the voices of Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey, Questlove, Phylicia Rashad, and Daveed Diggs, Doctor—who somehow lasted at Pixar after John Lasseter was #MeToo’ ed out the door—described Soul as:

…an exploration of, where should your focus be? What are the things that, at the end of the day, are really going to be the important things that you look back on and go, ‘I spent a worthy amount of my limited time on Earth worrying or focused on that’?

Uh. Yeah.

“That” is what got you to be an animator at Pixar.

“That” is called “work” everywhere else outside of where you live, Pete.

By the way, Tina Fey wrote all her own lines in this film, so you know there will be some comedy gold there.

The Brilliant, Passionate You That Will Bring Meaning to This World

Hey Mouse House: Stop stealing dreams!

If we really wanted people to “follow their dreams” and “discover their passions” we wouldn’t have the tech people, the entertainment people, and the Internet-famous people push this nonsense message.

Instead, we would say, “The lot of men is to work, eat a little chocolate, drink a little alcohol, and then die.”

Mmmm. Ok. I think of my soul as being infinitely grubbier than this blob.

But instead, we’re gonna go with the fantasy land that Disney constructs for us.


Disney seems to be slowly pivoting Pixar back to original concepts, at least, considering that their last few releases–Finding Dory, Cars 3, Incredibles 2 and Toy Story 4—have been listless sequels with none of the magic of, say, Up.

A film where in the first ten minutes, the entire tragic reality of adult life is laid out wordlessly.

That’s a grown-up story.

I don’t anticipate that Soul will be that, based on this teaser.

But, what do you think, Goblin?

Are you really interested in finding out what happens to you after you die, having spent your entire free time on this site in June 2020?

Sound off below.