In another blow to movie theaters in 2020, Disney has decided to bypass a theatrical release completely for Pixar’s next film “Soul.” The film will be released on Disney+ on Christmas Day.
“Soul” was originally supposed to release in theaters in June 2020, but it was forced to move to Thanksgiving because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The film will be available for no extra charge, unlike Disney’s “Mulan” which was put on Disney+ with Premier Access for $29.99 extra.
The move comes after a series of release date shuffles and most of Disney’s 2020 slate moving into 2021. The pandemic has caused the 2021 movie schedule to get incredibly crowded, leaving little to no room for even more delays. Disney gave no reasoning for moving “Soul” to streaming, but its Christmas Day release makes it eligible for the 2020 awards season.
“Soul” follows a middle school music teacher Joe Gardener (Jaime Foxx) who dreams of being a professional jazz musician. After a life threatening accident, Gardner’s soul is separated from his body and must find his way back before it’s too late.