Disney has announced that Pixar’s next film, Soul will be coming exclusively to their streaming service on December 25th.
The animated film was originally set to debut in theatres back in June but was pushed to November 20th.
“We are thrilled to share Pixar’s spectacular and moving ‘Soul’ with audiences direct to Disney+ in December,” said Bob Chapek, Chief Executive Officer, The Walt Disney Company. “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.”
“The world can be an exhausting and frustrating place – but it’s also full of unexpected joys, even in seemingly mundane things,” said Docter, director of “Soul” and Chief Creative Officer of Pixar Animation Studios. “ ‘Soul’ investigates what’s really important in our lives, a question we’re all asking these days. I hope it will bring some humour and fun to people at a time when everyone can surely use that.”
Unlike Disney’s Mulan live-action remake, Soul will be free to all Disney+ subscribers when it comes to the streaming platform.
This isn’t the first Pixar film to come to Disney+ so soon. Back in March, Onward went to theatres for a few weeks before heading to the streaming service in early April.
According to Disney, the film is about:
Joe (voiced by Jamie Foxx) is a middle-school band teacher whose life hasn’t quite gone the way he expected. His true passion is jazz — and he’s good. But when he travels to another realm to help someone find their passion, he soon discovers what it means to have soul.
The film was directed by Pete Docter (Inside Out, Up) with Kemp Powers as co-director and produced by Dana Murray. Atticus Ross and Trent Reznor will be providing the score for the film with Jon Batiste writing songs for the film.
The film will still be getting a theatrical release in countries where Disney+ isn’t available yet.