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A Symbolism Breakdown of Disney Pixar’s ‘SOUL’

Disney Pixar’s newly released film “Soul” debuted at the end of a divesting and emotional year. A film full of intentional symbolisms to inspire certainly helped me prepare for a meaningful 2021 and beyond. Here are some of the messages I was able to discover and decipher.

Soul Orbs

In this movie, the souls are depicted in an orb-like shape. Of course Disney couldn’t just create an animated film about souls as a simple orb, so they gave the design a bit of personification. (My mom would be proud that I used that term.) However, if you reflect on the movies and shows surrounding paranormal activity, you’ll discover the reference. An intentional reference, at that! “Spirit orbs”, as they’re called, are the ghost-like visuals that appear in random photos, or even physical paranormal sightings. Coincidence, Nah.

22

Twenty-two is a main character in the movie that plays a soul that hasn’t made it down to Earth yet. She’s been in the Great Before for centuries in search of a “purpose” or a reason to live. She’s soul #22, so she’s been hovering around for a long ass time! Nothing seems to excite her in the metaphysical world; not the idea of pizza, playing music, sports, science, nothing. All, of course, because she can’t physically feel anything until she walks a mile in Joe’s shoes on Earth where she gets to experience the little things that make people happy. Things like moments on a crowded subway train, enjoying a savory slice of pizza, deep conversations with friends, clinching beach sang between your toes. You know, the little things that give life meaning.

The Jerrys

In my opinion, the Jerrys are one of the most interesting characters in the film. They were made to be a visual representation of “the coming together of all quantized fields of the universe”, all appearing in two-dimensional stick figure form that we humans can understand. Basically, the universe dumbing itself down to communicate with us. It’s semi insulting, but I get it.

Image Credit: Disney/ Pixar

Unless you’re a quantum physicist, I don’t expect you to think too deeply on this concept of knowledge. Hell, I tried to define the quantum field theory just now and instantly went cross-eyed! I’m not a physicist, I’m a journalist. So for now, just understand that the Jerrys are a visual representation of the one universe. Disney’s Pixar did a great job developing and executing this character and its role in the film. The Jerrys’ purpose is to regulate everything that exists, including helping the souls gain personality traits for their life as Earthlings. The Jerrys have access to everything and every soul that ever existed at all times, even through all dimensions. This quote really hit home for me:

“A spark isn’t a soul’s purpose. Oh, you mentors and your passions. Your purposes. Your meanings of life. So basic.”

It kind of gives you a perspective of the universe itself. Try to wrap your mind around that.

The Fish Tale

Toward the end of the film, the lead character, Joe, finally finds himself in a much anticipated space with Dorthea Williams, a renowned jazz musician. He tells her how unfulfilling he felt after finally playing in the band with her. She goes on to tell him a story about two fish.

SOUL, from left: Dorothea Williams (voice: Angela Bassett), Joe Gardner (voice: Jamie Foxx), 2020. © Disney+ / Courtesy Everett Collection


“I heard this story about a fish who swims up to another older fish and says…
Young Fish: I’m trying to find this thing they call the ocean.
Old Fish: The ocean? That’s what you’re in right now.
Young Fish: This? This is water. What I want is the ocean.

Dorthea then leaves Joe standing to contemplate by himself. PERSPECTIVE is what it’s all about.

Moonwind

Moonwind is an intentionally, significant character in this film that has a deep purpose in his role. He is the “spirit hopper” who has the ability to communicate with souls in the spirit world and on Earth. He’s the weird, quirky Earthling that helps lost souls by guiding them back to their Earth body. Using his meditation methods, he has perfected jumping in and out of “the zone”, which his peers think is what makes him a weirdo.

Image Credit: Disney/ Pixar


We’ve all seen those “weirdos” on the streets, pacing back and forth, talking to animals and inanimate objects. The ones we think are out of touch with reality and can’t make sense of them. Yeah, that’s Moonwind. But maybe, just maybe, the Moonwinds of the world are really the ones who are more connected to the greater universe than you are.

The Zone

Since we’re on the topic of “the zone”, I feel like this is one of the most relatable pieces of this movie. You know how it feels when you lose yourself doing something you really enjoy and everything around you seems to physically blur out? Time escapes you with a feeling of weightlessness. In this film, it’s understood to be somewhat of a portal between the physical and spiritual worlds. Marinate on that one!

Portals

Since we’re on the topic of metaphysicality, I might as well address the ideas behind the use of portals in the film. Disney doesn’t dive too deep on the idea of portals, but they are still significant overall. In Soul, portals are what the souls and the universe energies, AKA Jerrys, use to hop from one place to another. The Earth Portal, The Zone, The Great Before, and The Great Beyond are the only ones that are addressed here. If you’re a believer in the universe, of course, ther have to be many more.

Image Credit: Disney/ Pixar


Overall, this movie was something we all needed to see and hear, especially to end a treacherous year like 2020. It forced the viewer to do a bit of self-reflection during a time where self-reflection was needed and encouraged. It touched me so that I cried my eyes out at the end, nearly bursting at every revealed message. Bravo Disney, Bravo!

“Soul” is available now on Disney+


Seen it already? What would you rate it?

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The Most Disgraceful Presidential Debate Ever

By Jannah Bolds
EIC, The Bold Opinion

Disgraceful is an understatement.

Tonight, both Democratic Presidential nominee, Joe Biden and Republican Presidential nominee, Donald Trump squared off for their first face-to-face debate. This debate was, arguably, the most anticipated debate of modern American history. Why? Because the nation currently has a leader with a 56% national disapproval rating, according to a poll ending on September 19th.

However, tonight showed the world what it’s already known; the United States is in shambles. It was the icing on the cake!

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You Should Care About Black Women’s Equal Pay Day, Period.

By Jannah Bolds
EIC, The Bold Opinion

Did you even know BWEPD was a thing? 

Black women are systematically disenfranchised, devalued, and under-appreciated, not only in the work field but in the grand scheme of life. But today, we’re here to talk about working without equal pay.

Statistically, Black women are paid only 62 cents to the Caucasian male’s $1.00. Multiply that over a 40-year career, and Black women are robbed of $1M in their lifetimes, so take that to the bank. BWEPD is not just a day to bring awareness to a cause. It has a solid meaning whereas the date fluctuates annually based on how far into the current year the average working Black woman in the US must work to catch up with the average non-Hispanic White man’s earning from the year before! For 2020, the date falls a full eight months and thirteen days in. In 2019, Black women didn’t earn their equal pay status until August 22, and yes, we are seeing growth, but at a very slow and depressing rate. One of which, I will not see in my lifetime.

According to a report by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, Black women are projected to finally close that racial and gender inequalitative gap in 2130, another 110 years from now, to catch up to the earnings of White men. Download the report to learn more about occupational segregation and other factors that contribute to the wage gap.

Wheeww, I’m exhausted!

So if you’re like me, you threw your towel in, stepped out on faith, and either started your own businesses or made plans to cashout independently. I knew that Black women were underpaid and undervalued in the workplace, but I did not understand the magnitude backed with statistical value until last year.

“How can we make things better?”, you might ask. Well here are a few ways that can actually help hard-working Black women today.

A) Give Credit Where Credit is Due

The workplace is a savage place! I have experienced and been told many stories about the ideas of a black woman being overlooked and underestimated, for whatever reason, and then the idea resurfaces from someone else’s mouth later on, praised, glorified, and dripped in gold! it’s absolutely frustrating. To set things straight in the workplace, verbally support brilliance, go the extra mile to write or express recommendations, and don’t outsource for higher positions — train/hire within instead.  It’s honestly not a hard thing to do, just get off your high horse and do it.

B) Flag Blatant Discrimination

We’ve all seen it, so we know what it looks like. I don’t even think it needs an explanation.

C) Get Involved

Most of the time, Black women know and feel how undervalued they are in the workplace. So much to where they will start to do a little investigating, and discover an unpleasant truth. There are existing organizations to help level out equal pay discrimination like the Equal Rights Advocates, National Women’s Law Center, Equal Pay Today, and many more. Research!