Pixar’s ‘Soul’ Skips Theaters for Disney Plus
Pixar's "Soul" is skipping theaters and will debut exclusively on Disney Plus just in time for Christmas. The animated family film will be released on December 25th on the streaming service. In international markets where Disney Plus is not available, “Soul” will be released in theaters at a time to be determined.
"Soul" was originally supposed to be out in June, but was later postponed to November 20th due to the coronavirus pandemic. Variety previously reported that Disney was exploring various release options for "Soul" and was unlikely to advance its slot in late November. Universal's decision to push ahead with the release of its animated comedy "The Croods: A New Age" from December 23rd to November 25th, the same week that "Soul" is due to be released, cemented the possibility of the Pixar movie would move.
Unlike "Mulan," which was released on Disney Plus for an additional $ 30, "Soul" will be available to Disney Plus' 60.5 million subscribers at no additional cost. The streaming service costs $ 6.99 per month.
"We are very excited to be sharing Pixar's spectacular and moving soul directly with Disney + in December," said Bob Chapek, CEO of The Walt Disney Company. "A new original Pixar movie is always a special occasion, and this truly heartwarming and humorous story of connecting people and finding a place in the world will be a pleasure for families to enjoy this holiday season together."
The news comes days after cinema operator Cineworld, owned by Regal in the US, announced plans to temporarily close all 536 locations, citing the "challenging theater landscape." Rivals AMC and Cinemark said they have no plans to shut down US venues.
In the past few weeks, the few films slated for theatrical release this year have begun to clear their dates. "Dune" and James Bond's sequel "No Time to Die" recently postponed their respective debuts to 2021. With "Soul's" vacancy, there is only one potential blockbuster left - "Wonder Woman 1984" on December 25th - in the 2020 release calendar.
Pete Docter ("Monsters Inc.", "Up") and Kemp Powers ("One Night in Miami") co-directed "Soul," an existential cartoon about a middle school music teacher (voiced by Jamie Foxx) who heard of it dreams of being a jazz performer. But before his big break, he gets into an accident in which his soul is separated from his body. He will then be taken to the "You Seminar" where he will team up at 22 (voiced by Tina Fey) to bring his soul back to his body on earth before it's too late.
"The world can be a stressful and frustrating place - but it is also full of unexpected joys, even in seemingly mundane things," Docter said in a statement. "'Soul' explores what's really important in our lives, a question we all ask ourselves these days. I hope it will bring some humor and fun to people if everyone can be sure of that."
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