Disney fans won’t need to go too far to see the next Pixar film. In fact, all they will need to do is just turn on their Disney+ streaming service. That’s right, Soul, which was supposed to get a theatrical release, is now going to drop on the Disney streaming service this Christmas.
It had been set for a November 20 release in domestic theaters. Disney will not charge its streaming subscribers an extra $29.99 to see Soul, rather the movie will simply become available on the service to its 60 million subscribers, just like the studio did with Artemis Fowl and Hamilton over the summer.
The Soul release date move was expected following the departure of MGM’s No Time to Die from that same November day. However, Disney wasn’t certain that it was moving the film to Disney+. This now leaves Universal and Dreamworks Animation’s Croods: A New Age as the sole Thanksgiving theatrical wide entry on Nov. 25. That animated feature is expected to have a short theatrical window, heading into PVOD by Christmas.
“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.”
With the unpredictability of the box office now, especially with Regal closed stateside, and Disneyland still closed, Disney+ is the studio’s lifeblood.