If you were hoping to see Pixar’s Soul in theaters this year, that chance has finally passed. Disney and Pixar have announced that the upcoming animated feature will be heading exclusively Disney+ on December 25, 2020. Unlike with Mulan earlier this year, Soul will be free to all Disney+ subscribers (which is similar to Pixar’s Onward).
— Soul (@PixarSoul) October 8, 2020
Bob Chapek, CEO of the Walt Disney Company, said, “We are thrilled to share Pixar’s spectacular and moving Soul with audiences direct to Disney+ in December. 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.” Director Pete Doctor added, “I hope it will bring some humor and fun to people at a time when everyone can surely use that.”
I’m sure the decision wasn’t made lightly, especially since Disney hasn’t had the best year at the box-office. Mulan might have drawn in ridiculous numbers on the Mouse’s subscription service, but it’s been mostly floundering at the box-office internationally. Soul could have possibly bucked the trend, but with Disney trying to encourage people to sign up for its service anyway, it makes sense to dump it on there and that’s it.