How background characters in ‘Soul’ help portray the diversity and culture of New York City

Animated movie “Soul” wowed audiences with its detailed depiction of New York City — and the background characters play a key role. The character creators behind the Oscar-nominated Disney and Pixar movie made it their mission to capture the rich diversity and bustling culture that make the Big Apple unique. They pulled it off by designing hundreds of background characters from all walks of life, and deciding where each fit best in a movie that explores where people’s passions come from. “We want to really make New York City authentic,” character designer Yingzong Xin told the Daily News. “The…

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