by Ray Keating
October 8, 2020
The Walt Disney Company announced today that the Pixar movie Soul will be released directly on Disney+, rather than in theaters. And it might make the holiday season a bit more fun for families, as it will be released on Disney+ on Christmas Day.
Unlike Mulan, there will be no additional cost to view the film. If you subscribe to Disney+, then you’ll be able to tune in Soul. In international markets where Disney+ is not available, the film will be released at some point in theaters.
According to Disney’s previous release schedule, Soul was supposed to head into theaters on November 20, 2020. But with the pandemic still wreaking havoc with movie theaters, it’s not surprising that Soul will debut on Disney+ instead.
Disney CEO Bob Chapek said, “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.”
Disney describes Soul this way:
What is it that makes you...YOU? Pixar Animation Studios’ “Soul” introduces Joe Gardner (voice of Jamie Foxx) – a middle-school band teacher who gets the chance of a lifetime to play at the best jazz club in town. But one small misstep takes him from the streets of New York City to The Great Before – a fantastical place where new souls get their personalities, quirks and interests before they go to Earth. Determined to return to his life, Joe teams up with a precocious soul, 22 (voice of Tina Fey), who has never understood the appeal of the human experience. As Joe desperately tries to show 22 what’s great about living, he may just discover the answers to some of life’s most important questions. “Soul” is Directed by Academy Award® winner Pete Docter (“Inside Out,” “Up”), co-directed by Kemp Powers (“One Night in Miami”) and produced by Academy Award nominee Dana Murray, p.g.a. (Pixar short “Lou”).
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