How Pixar's Soul Borrows From an Ancient Jewish Idea

How Pixar's Soul Borrows From an Ancient Jewish Idea
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Pixar's "Soul," released on Friday on Disney+, is a tender balm of a movie about an aspiring jazz musician who dies on the day he gets his big break. Watching "Soul," which is set in a richly imagined New York City, as well as in a blissed-out, blue-ish, and minimalist realm of unborn souls, in the final days of 2020 is once elegiac (the riotously crowded New York it depicts sure isn't there at the moment) and soothing, like applying a poultice to a wound. The New York of our dreams may be in limbo, but there's still Pixar offering its pastel take on, well, limbo.

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