Phylicia Rashad, Angela Bassett on Disney/Pixar's first Black lead

Phylicia Rashad, Angela Bassett and Tina Fey discuss the new Disney/Pixar movie “Soul.” The animated film is the first Pixar movie to have a Black lead animated character. (Dec. 22)

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- Twenty-two has been at the youth seminar for quite some time. And has had such notable mentors as Gandhi, Abraham Lincoln, and Mother Teresa.

- I made her cry.

- Ignore that.

TINA FEY: Pixar-- they're not afraid to get into big topics, topics that you wouldn't necessarily bring to what is regarded as children's fair. And I think they really think deeply about what they want to say. And I think that's why the films work.

ANGELA BASSET: It's awesome. You know, Pixar does it like none other. They have these great themes that talk to you, that resonate in us. And for them to see the significance of this and bring "Soul" to the screens. You know, when we talk about Black folks, it's soul music, it's soul food, it's, you know, soul brother. We are all about being resilient and about gifts that, no matter what the times, have shown-- have shown through and illuminated darkest corners.

- Today started out as the best day of my life.

- Back here tonight, first show's at 7:00.

- Yes, woo-hoo! You know what that's gonna say? Joe Gardner. I did it! I got the gig! [YELLS]

PHYLICIA RASHAD: This film is written by a Kemp Powers, who is a Black male. And he wrote the truth of what he knew. He was writing about what he knows. And the director, Peter Docter, and the producers, and Pixar Studios, they were up to producing this film. And I think that's-- that's what's significant.


- Joey, has gotten into you, boy?

- Let him finish.

- Cougar.

- Disney and Pixar's "Soul," rated PG. Only on Disney+.