This studio’s last film was released just before the COVID-19 lockdown began, and suffered at the box office considerably because of it.
And now Pixar’s newest release, entitled Soul, will be skipping theaters entirely for a streaming debut on parent company Disney’s streaming platform, Disney+, just in time for Christmas.
The animated fantasy film stars the voices of Jamie Foxx and Tina Fey, and it was originally slated to hit theaters in June.
Date change: Pixar’s newest release Soul will be skipping theaters entirely for a streaming debut on parent company Disney’s streaming platform, Disney+, just in time for Christmas
That, of course, did not happen, as most theaters worldwide were shuttered at the time, with many remaining so to this day as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
And Variety reports that Disney/Pixar is now scrapping the rescheduled date of November 20th, timed for a Thanksgiving release, to instead drop the movie directly onto the Disney+ streaming platform.
Soul’s IMDb page now stipulates that its release will be via the internet on Christmas Day.
Straight to VOD: The animated fantasy film was originally slated to hit theaters in June, but will now be viewable to Disney+ subscribers for no extra cost starting December 25th
And while Disney’s live-action Mulan was viewable to Disney+ subscribers for an extra cost of $30, Soul will be available on the platform at no extra charge – much like Pixar’s previous entry Onward, which was hobbled by the pandemic after its March 6th theatrical release earlier this year.
‘We are thrilled to share Pixar’s spectacular and moving Soul with audiences direct to Disney+ in December,’ said Bob Chapek, chief executive officer of The Walt Disney Company, in a statement.
‘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.’
Original concept: Soul stars the voices of Jamie Foxx and Tina Fey, with Foxx as the disembodied soul of a music teacher searching for a way back to his corporeal form on Earth
Soul stars Foxx as the disembodied soul of a music teacher searching for a way back to his corporeal form on Earth.
He is aided along the way by a mysterious and amusing character named 22, voiced by Fey.
‘The world can be an exhausting and frustrating place – but it’s also full of unexpected joys, even in seemingly mundane things,’ Soul co-director Pete Docter said in a separate statement.
A different world: He is aided along the way by a mysterious and amusing character named 22, voiced by Fey
‘Soul investigates what’s really important in our lives, a question we’re all asking these days. I hope it will bring some humor and fun to people at a time when everyone can surely use that.’
The move comes as major motion picture studios continue to scramble in light of the ongoing pandemic and the ensuing problems it creates for social gatherings, especially ones that are indoors in venues such as movie theaters.
Big ticket films that were supposed to come out this year – including Dune, No Time to Die, A Quiet Place Part II, and Black Widow, to name just a few – have all vacated their 2020 release dates for 2021, with some delaying even further.
Only the Warner Bros. release Wonder Woman 1984 is still currently slated for a Christmas Day theatrical premiere this year – after countless delays and date changes – but that film is rumored to also be transitioning to VOD.
‘A new original Pixar film is always a special occasion’: ‘We are thrilled to share Pixar’s spectacular and moving Soul with audiences direct to Disney+ in December,’ said Bob Chapek
Delayed, again: The move comes as movie studios continue to scramble in light of the pandemic and shuffle around release dates, as is the case for Wonder Woman 1984 (currently slated, finally, for Christmas)