With the ongoing pandemic still affecting movie theaters every day, it becomes less and less surprising when certain films get a shift in their release. The newest film that has been in speculation for a delay is the upcoming Pixar animated film Soul. Many expected a delay to happen after the announcement of No Time to Die being delayed till April of 2021 since it shared the same release date. Though now, Soul has been delayed yet again however it is still expecting to come out by the end of the year. As Disney Pixar’s Soul will now be released on Christmas Day 2020 as a Disney Plus exclusive.
The speculation for the Pixar movie to get a digital release as opposed to theaters has been around for quite sometime especially given that the live action remake of Mulan was made into a Disney Plus exclusive. However unlike Mulan, Soul will not have a paywall attached to it in order to watch it. The film will instead premiere as a standard Disney Plus exclusive, in the same way as Artemis Fowl and Hamilton premiered on the platform.
While it unfortunate that Pixar’s next outing will not get a chance to premiere in theaters, it premiering on Disney Plus does serve as a good opportunity for audiences to witness some more Pixar magic. CEO of Disney Bob Chapek, expressed a ton of excitement for the new Holiday release date for Soul. He stated that, “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”. Despite the shortcoming of Soul not getting a theatrical release, this streaming exclusive release will hopefully bring families joy this Holiday season.
Soul is set for release on December 25, 2020 exclusively on Disney Plus.