Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Animation Studios announced via Twitter today that two upcoming animated feature films, “Soul” and “Raya and the Last Dragon,” have received new, pushed-back release dates.
The announcements were made earlier this afternoon, April 13, through tweets on both studios’ official Twitter pages:
“Soul” was originally scheduled for release this summer, on June 19. “Raya and the Last Dragon” was set for November 2020.
Both animated films were properly revealed at last year’s D23 Expo, with the creative minds behind the films sharing details on what fans can expect to see.
In “Soul,” a music teacher named Joe Gardner (Jamie Foxx) yearns to be a jazz musician. Right as he’s about to get his big break, however, he dies – and his soul ends up at the You Seminar, where souls are trained for life on Earth. The film seeks to answer one of life’s toughest questions: “Why are we here?”
Details are a bit more scarce for “Raya and the Last Dragon,” which is set in an alternate Earth created by dragons, and is inspired by the culture of Southeast Asia. In the film, a warrior named Raya (Cassie Steele) searches for the last dragon in the world.
These are the latest release delays for Disney films to be announced as a result of the ongoing global health crisis. Previously pushed-back films include the live-action retelling of “Mulan,” “Black Widow,” “Jungle Cruise,” and “The Eternals.” Disney’s version of “Artemis Fowl” is now set to debut on Disney+ rather than receive a traditional theatrical release.
Stay tuned for more updates on Disney’s ever-changing theatrical release schedule as more delays are announced. In the meantime, check out the latest trailer for “Soul” below: