Disney has made the decision to remove their next Pixar film, Soul, from its scheduled theatrical release and debut the film on Disney Plus. Subscribers will be able to watch Soul on the streaming service on December 25th. In international areas where Disney Plus is not available, the film will be released in theaters with release date to come.
Soul was originally scheduled to be released this past June, but was postponed to November due to the coronavirus pandemic. Unlike the recent release of Mulan, there will be no additional cost to Disney Plus subscribers to view the film.
Bob Chapek. Disney CEO had this to say on the release: “We are thrilled to share Pixar’s spectacular and moving ‘Soul’ with audiences direct to Disney+ in December. A new original Pixar film is always a special occasion, and this truly heartwarming and humorous story about human connection and finding one’s place in the world will be a treat for families to enjoy together this holiday season.”
“Soul” introduces Joe Gardner, a middle-school band teacher whose true passion is playing jazz. “I think Joe is having that crisis that all artists have,” says Powers. “He’s increasingly feeling like his lifelong dream of being a jazz musician is not going to pan out and he’s asking himself ‘Why am I here? What am I meant to be doing?’ Joe personifies those questions.” In the film, just when Joe thinks his dream might be in reach, a single unexpected step sends him to a fantastical place where he’s is forced to think again about what it truly means to have soul. That’s where he meets and ultimately teams up with 22, a soul who doesn’t think life on Earth is all it’s cracked up to be. Jamie Foxx lends his voice to Joe, while Tina Fey voices 22. “The comedy comes naturally,” says Murray. “But the subtle emotion that reveals the truth to the characters is really something special.”