Disney Plus will premiere Pixar’s Soul on Dec. 25, skipping theaters

Soul is heading to Disney Plus as an alternative of film theaters.


Disney will launch Pixar‘s subsequent film, Soul, straight to its streaming service Disney Plus, making it the most recent flick from the Hollywood big skipping theaters in the course of the coronavirus pandemic. Pixar‘s Soul will debut on Disney Plus for all subscribers at no further price on Dec. 25, coinciding with Christmas Day.

“We’re thrilled to share Pixar‘s spectacular and shifting Soul with audiences direct to Disney Plus in December,” Disney CEO Bob Chapek mentioned in an announcement Thursday. “A brand new authentic Pixar movie is at all times a special day, and this actually heartwarming and humorous story about human connection and discovering one’s place on the earth will likely be a deal with for households to get pleasure from collectively this vacation season.”

Soul, which was scheduled to hit theaters Nov. 20, will likely be included in the usual subscription to Disney Plus. That makes the discharge of Soul just like that of Hamilton and different movies, which grew to become a part of the usual Disney Plus catalog once they landed on the service. That differs from Disney’s launch of its live-action remake of Mulan, which was accessible as a particular “premier entry” title on Disney Plus that required an extra $30 cost to look at it.

This is not the primary Pixar movie to be affected by cinema closures because of the coronavirus pandemic: A couple of weeks after its theatrical launch in early March, Pixar’s Onward jumped over to Disney Plus with out an additional price.

Pete Docter, who directed different Pixar classics like Up and Inside Out, weighed in on the choice to ship his newest straight to Disney Plus.

“The world may be an exhausting and irritating place — however it’s additionally stuffed with sudden joys, even in seemingly mundane issues,” Docter mentioned. “Soul investigates what’s actually necessary in our lives, a query we’re all asking as of late. I hope it can convey some humor and enjoyable to folks at a time when everybody can certainly use that.”

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Jennifer Bisset