How MIDI files, Houdini and the art of animation made piano play possible in Pixar's 'Soul' - befores & afters

December 11, 2020, 09:03 AM

In Pixar’s upcoming Soul, directed by Pete Docter, one of the challenges the animation studio faced was depicting its main character Joe (Jamie Foxx) playing the piano, believably. That is, animating his fingers to hit the correct keys for the music he was playing.

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