It was probably inevitable, but this week Disney has finally announced that the upcoming Pixar animated movie Soul will not be arriving in theatres this November as originally planned. Instead, the movie will go straight to Disney+ on Christmas Day. This time around there is no mention of a premium rental fee like there was for Mulan and it appears to be a standard release available to all subscribers at no extra charge. In regions where Disney+ is not available, the movie is still expected to get a theatrical release at some point. Director Pete Docter had this to say about the announcement:
“The world can be an exhausting and frustrating place – but it’s also full of unexpected joys, even in seemingly mundane things. 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.”
This is a big move and one that will pretty much guarantee Soul gets a ton of eyeballs on Christmas. It also leaves November completely devoid of major theatrical releases with the exception of The Croods: A New Age. For now, Disney still has the 20th Century Studios releases Free Guy and Death on the Nile scheduled to hit theatres in December but who knows how that will play out. Are you excited to watch a brand new Pixar movie from the comfort of your home on Christmas Day?