The film will debut exclusively on the streaming service on Dec. 25, 2020. In international markets where Disney+ isn’t currently or soon to be available, “Soul” will be released theatrically, with dates to be announced.
“We are thrilled to share Pixar’s spectacular and moving ‘Soul’ with audiences direct to Disney+ in December,” said Bob Chapek, CEO of 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.”
“Soul” comes from the minds of Pete Docter, the Academy Award-winning director of “Inside Out” and “Up,” and co-director/writer Kemp Powers, playwright and screenwriter of “One Night in Miami.”
The film stars the voice talents of Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey, Phylicia Rashad, Ahmir Questlove Thompson, Angela Bassett and Daveed Diggs, and also feature original jazz music by Jon Batiste and a score composed by Oscar winners Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross (“The Social Network”).
“The world can be an exhausting and frustrating place – but it’s also full of unexpected joys, even in seemingly mundane things,” said Docter, director of “Soul” and CCO of Pixar. “ ‘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.”
The film was previously scheduled for theatrical release on Nov. 20, 2020 and was named an official selection of the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year – but has since moved to a streaming release as a result of the ongoing challenges of the pandemic.
It appears that, unlike “Mulan,” “Soul” will be offered as a part of Disney+’s overall streaming library, rather than at a premium access price point.
Check out the trailer for the film below: