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Pixar's Soul to Skip Theaters for Christmas Release on Disney+

Joe and 22 will be coming home this Christmas.
Joe and 22 will be coming home this Christmas.
Image: Disney/Pixar

Fans who were planning on Pixar to bring them back to theaters can forget about that. Disney just announced that Soul, the latest film from Pixar, will skip theaters and debut exclusively on Disney+ December 25.

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The move comes after weeks of speculation that the film, one of the last major releases still sticking to a November release, would go to the streamer. Of note though, Soul will not have the “Premier Access” pricing that Mulan did for Disney earlier this year. It’ll just be available on the service if you subscribe.

“The world can be an exhausting and frustrating place—but it’s also full of unexpected joys, even in seemingly mundane things,” Pete Docter, director of Soul and Chief Creative Officer of Pixar Animation Studios said in a press release. “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.”

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With Disney moving Soul to its streamer, and the rest of its major releases to next year, the last major blockbuster remaining on the theatrical release calendar is Wonder Woman 1984, also scheduled Christmas Day. Do you think it’ll stay there? Tell us below.

And check back soon for much more on Soul which—despite audiences not getting to see it in theaters—is probably going to be a very good film.


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DISCUSSION

Yikes. Given that all I’ve heard about Mulan is how poorly it did in Premier Access, I can’t help but wonder what that means for Soul.

the last major blockbuster remaining on the theatrical release calendar is Wonder Woman 1984, also scheduled Christmas Day. Do you think it’ll stay there?

No.