Pixar adviser and theologian Suzan Johnson Cook on how they came to define ‘soul’ in the film
‘I’m a faith leader, so I wanted to make sure my definition wasn’t too strong, and (Pixar’s) definition wasn’t too weak,’ the minister and former ambassador said.
How do you define “soul” to Pixar and others?
When I use “soul,” I define it two ways. I do a cultural soul where we’re talking about the culture of Black people. There used to be a show on Channel 13 (in New York) — PBS — called “Soul!” which brought out the best of Black culture. So I used that definition. But then also I actually have a (devotional) book that’s “Soul Sisters,” and we’re connected at our spiritual soul as Black, Asian and Latino women. I’m a faith leader, so I wanted to make sure my definition wasn’t too strong, and their (Pixar’s) definition wasn’t too weak. But when we arrived at the cultural definition of soul, I was comfortable with that. …
By Adelle M. Banks, Religious News Service