Another big-screen domino has fallen: Soul, the all-new feature from Pixar Animation Studios, is set to skip theaters Stateside and instead debut on the Disney+ streaming service — on December 25.
Soul had been scheduled for a Nov. 20 release in U.S. theaters. In international markets where Disney+ isn’t currently or soon to be available, it will be released theatrically (dates TBA).
Disney’s Mulan took a similar, but pricier path, forgoing its theatrical release (originally scheduled for March, remember March?) and instead eventually debuting on Disney+ in September, though for a $30 upcharge.
Soul however will be free to Disney+ subscribers.
“We are thrilled to share Pixar’s spectacular and moving Soul with audiences direct to Disney+ in December,” Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Chapek said in a statement. “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.”
“The world can be an exhausting and frustrating place – but it’s also full of unexpected joys, even in seemingly mundane things,” said Docter. “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.”