More bad news for movie theaters. Pixar's 'Soul' goes direct to Disney+ for the holidays

A scene from the upcoming Pixar animation film "Soul", which became the youngest movie victim of the coronavirus pandemic. (Disney / Pixar)
The Walt Disney Co. announced on Thursday that it would postpone its upcoming Pixar animated film "Soul", which was originally scheduled to hit theaters on November 20th, as the film industry continues to be ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic. for an exclusive streaming release on December 25th on Disney +.
"Soul," an existential story about a middle school music teacher (voiced by Jamie Foxx) who dreams of being a jazz performer, was originally due to be released in June before being postponed to November amid widespread nationwide theater closings. Now that the studios face an exhibition landscape that is fraught with risk and uncertainty for the foreseeable future - with movie houses closed in key Los Angeles and New York markets and audiences wary of returning to those who do elsewhere - Disney has decided to bypass the theaters entirely and take advantage of the reach of its own streaming platform.
The move follows earlier Disney decisions to move the films "Artemis Fowl", "Hamilton" and "Mulan" to Disney + as the studio seeks to protect its releases from some box office damage. Another major upcoming Disney title, the Marvel Studios film "Black Widow," which was slated to hit theaters on November 6, has been postponed to 2021.
In contrast to the live-action remake of "Mulan," for which Disney charged viewers a premium fee of $ 30, "Soul" was co-governed by Pete Docter ("Inside Out") and Kemp Powers and includes them Voices from stars like Tina Fey, Angela Bassett and Daveed Diggs - will be free for subscribers to the service. Disney has yet to provide details on how "Mulan" performed as a rental title.
Also follow the path taken by "Mulan": In international markets where Disney + is not currently available, "Soul" will receive a theatrical release, the dates of which will be announced.
In a statement, Docter, chief creative officer of Pixar Animation Studios said, "The world can be a stressful and frustrating place - but it is also full of unexpected joys, even in seemingly mundane things." "Soul" explores what is really important in our life, a question we all ask ourselves these days. I hope it will bring some humor and fun to people when everyone can safely use that. "
After the recent moves of "Wonder Woman 1984", "Dune" and the James Bond film "No Time to Die" from the Christmas season until 2021, Disney's decision lets an already destroyed exhibition industry stick to life during the critical year. End times when blockbusters and Oscar dishes are usually equally at home.
Last week, UK-based Cineworld Group announced that 536 bookshelf movie theaters in the US will be temporarily closed, making it even more painful for theater owners.
This story originally appeared in the Los Angeles Times.

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