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The first trailer for Pixar’s ‘Soul’ follows Jamie Foxx into the afterlife

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We imagine that whole lot of people woke up on Thursday morning and assumed that they were going to have good — nay, great — days, where they felt glad and happy and applied mascara while admiring their perfectly not-bloodshot eyes as they headed out the door to head to work. They probably weren’t expecting that Pixar would drop the trailer for Soul, the second original film of theirs that’s hitting theaters next year, soon after they arrived at the office. We imagine that a whole bunch of red-eyed, tear-stained people ran to the bathroom for some extra tissues after hitting play on this bad boy, and we imagine that you will want to as well. This thing is almost nuclear-grade sad.

Take a look if you dare:

Here’s what may be the longest synopsis that we’ve ever posted — seriously, this thing is long as hell! — and we hope you enjoy it:

“Directed by two-time Academy Award-winner Pete Docter, co-directed by Kemp Powers and produced by Academy Award-nominee Dana Murray, Disney and Pixar’s ‘Soul’ opens in theaters on June 19, 2020.According to Docter, the idea for the story is 23 years in the making. “It started with my son—he’s 23 now—but the instant he was born, he already had a personality,” says Docter. ‘Where did that come from? I thought your personality developed through your interaction with the world. And yet, it was pretty clear that we’re all born with a very unique, specific sense of who we are.’

‘Soul’ introduces Joe Gardner, a middle-school band teacher whose true passion is playing jazz. ‘I think Joe is having that crisis that all artists have,’ says Powers. ‘He’s increasingly feeling like his lifelong dream of being a jazz musician is not going to pan out and he’s asking himself ‘Why am I here? What am I meant to be doing?’ Joe personifies those questions.

In the film, just when Joe thinks his dream might be in reach, a single unexpected step sends him to a fantastical place where he’s is forced to think again about what it truly means to have soul. That’s where he meets and ultimately teams up with 22, a soul who doesn’t think life on Earth is all it’s cracked up to be. Jamie Foxx lends his voice to Joe, while Tina Fey voices 22. ‘The comedy comes naturally,’ says Murray. ‘But the subtle emotion that reveals the truth to the characters is really something special.'”

Soul arrives on June 19, 2020. Get those tissues ready, guys.