Rachel House Counts Souls in Pixar’s Latest Outing

Auckland-born actor Rachel House, 49, is the voice of Terry, a Great Beyond “soul counter” in Pixar’s latest animated comedy-drama, Soul. House recorded remotely for the film from New Zealand, which also stars Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey and Angela Bassett.

Soul celebrates more than one overdue firsts: In addition to his script work, [Kemp] Powers is the first credited Black co-director in Pixar history, and Joe [Gardner, voiced by Foxx] marks the animation house’s first Black protagonist,” Kimberley Jones writes in a review of the film for The Austin Chronicle.

“Foxx and Fey have a nicely bickering rapport, but my favourite performance – of the year? – goes to the throaty New Zealander Rachel House (Hunt for the Wilderpeople) playing a cosmic bean counter named Terry,” Jones writes for the Chronicle. “In the absence of transcendence, Terry tickled me into giggles. That’ll do just fine.”

Original article by Kimberley Jones, The Austin Chronicle, December 25, 2020.


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Jane Campion Returns to Film with Locally-Shot Western The Power of the Dog

Jane Campion Returns to Film with Locally-Shot Western The Power of the Dog

The Power of the Dog marks a homecoming for Wellington-born Oscar winner Jane Campion – with a career-first twist, David Canfield reports for Vanity Fair. Campion’s last feature was the 2009 romantic drama…