The directors of Soul, the first Pixar film to feature an African-American protagonist, paid tribute to music and art teachers and jazz musicians after their Oscar victory.
Pete Docter and Dana Murray won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature, continuing Pixar’s dominance in this category with 11 wins in the past 20 years.
“This film started out as a love letter to jazz but we had no idea how much jazz would teach us about life. We don’t control what happens, but we can, like a jazz musician, turn everything that happens into something of value and beauty, ”Docter said. “Our main character, Joe, is a music teacher and we want to thank music teachers and art teachers around the world – you make the world a better place. My wish for all of us tonight is that we can follow the lead of jazz musicians, wherever we are, whatever we have, we turn it into something beautiful.
The film, released on Disney + on Christmas Day, stars the voices of Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey, Graham Norton, Questlove and Angela Bassett. It follows a college music teacher named Joe Gardner, who seeks to reunite his soul and body after their accidental separation, just before his big break as a jazz musician.
Docter also praised the work of his cultural consultants, including Dr Johnnetta Cole, who he said “kept us honest and kept these characters true”.
He beat Wolfwalkers, on the moon, forward and A film by Shaun the Sheep: Farmageddon to win the award, a victory that has been reported in recent Annie Awards.