Soul

Synopsis: In this animated comedy-drama, a jazz pianist and music teacher gets hired for his dream gig at a New York club. Before he can play, an accident separates his body and soul, trapping him in a strange in-between world.
Year:
2020
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A BAD MIDDLE SCHOOL BAND PLAYS THE DISNEY LOGO THEME.

ONCE IT ENDS...

JOE (O.S.)

Alright! Let’s try something else.

Uh...from the top. Ready? One, two,

three...

INT. MIDDLE SCHOOL BAND ROOM.

JOE GARDNER, a passionate, well-dressed middle-aged man,

conducts an off-key middle school band. It’s painfully bad.

JOE:

One, two, three, four! Stay on the

beat! Two, three four--that’s a C

Sharp, horns!

A TROMBONIST loses his trombone end, which lands on the floor

with a CLANK.

A TRUMPETER uses his horn to vacuum up M&Ms from the floor.

CALEB, a saxophonist, pretends to play while actually on his

iPHONE.

JOE:

Two, three, I see you, Caleb!

Startled, Caleb tosses the phone into a neighboring student’s

sax.

JOE:

(to another student)

Rachel, now you!

But Rachel lies across a few chairs.

RACHEL:

Forgot my sax, Mr. G.

JOE:

Okay, she forgot her sax! Aaand now-

aaaaall you, Connie. Go for it!

Joe then motions to CONNIE, a Chinese American girl holding a

trombone. She’s his last hope.

Connie plays her solo, strong and passionate. Joe smiles.

But some of the other kids start giggling, and Connie’s

confidence (and playing) suddenly wilts.

©2020 DISNEY•PIXAR -

--PRIVILEGED AND CONFIDENTIAL

7/17/2020 Soul Academy Draft 2.

CALEB:

Way to go!

Joe taps his music stand.

JOE:

Hang on, hang on. What are y’all

laughing at?

The kids quiet down.

JOE:

So Connie got lost in it. That’s a

good thing!

Connie stews in her seat, embarrassed, as Joe addresses the

class.

JOE:

Look, I remember one time... my dad

took me to this jazz club, and

that’s the last place that I wanted

to be.

Joe walks to the piano and starts playing while he explains:

JOE:

But then I see this guy. And he’s

playing these chords with fourths

on it and then, with the minor.

Whooo! Then he adds the inner

voices, and it’s like he’s... it’s

like he’s singing. And I swear, the

next thing I know... it’s like he

he floats off the stage. That guy

was lost in the music. He was in

it, and he took the rest of us with

him.

Joe finishes with a beautiful, dreamy flourish. The class is

captivated with his music.

JOE:

And I wanted to learn how to talk

like that. That’s when I knew. I

was born to play.

(beat)

Connie knows what I mean. Right,

Connie?

CONNIE:

I’m twelve.

A KNOCK on the classroom door interrupts.

©2020 DISNEY•PIXAR -

--PRIVILEGED AND CONFIDENTIAL

7/17/2020 Soul Academy Draft 3.

JOE:

I’ll be right back. Practice your

scales.

INT. SCHOOL HALLWAY -MOMENTS LATER

Joe pops into the hall to speak with PRINCIPAL ARROYO as bad

scales emanate from the classroom behind him.

PRINCIPAL ARROYO

Sorry to interrupt, Mr. Gardner.

JOE:

Heh heh, you’re doing my ears a

favor.

A STUDENT exits the class doorway behind Joe:

CALEB:

Hey!

JOE:

Not you, though. You’re good.

When the student leaves:

JOE:

(whispering)

He’s not.

The Principal CHUCKLES.

JOE:

What can I do for you, Principal

Arroyo?

PRINCIPAL ARROYO

I wanted to deliver the good news

personally!

She hands Joe a letter:

PRINCIPAL ARROYO

No more part-time for you. You’re

now our full-time band teacher! Job

security. Medical insurance.

Pension.

JOE:

Wow. That’s...great.

©2020 DISNEY•PIXAR -

--PRIVILEGED AND CONFIDENTIAL

7/17/2020 Soul Academy Draft 4.

PRINCIPAL ARROYO

Welcome to the M.S. 70 family, Joe.

Permanently.

JOE:

Thanks.

Joe forces a smile.

He reenters the classroom and sadly looks at the wall,

covered with photos of jazz greats.

INT. LIBBA’S TAILOR SHOP.

A busy tailor shop bustling with activity. LIBBA, Joe’s

mother, hems a dress on a CUSTOMER.

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