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Pixar’s SOUL to Skip Theaters, Hit Disney+ on Christmas Day


Pixar’s “Soul” is skipping theaters and will debut exclusively on Disney Plus in time for Christmas. The animated family film will launch on the streaming service on Dec. 25. In international markets where Disney Plus isn’t available, “Soul” will be released theatrically on a yet-to-be determined date.

“Soul” was initially slated to release in June, but it was later postponed to Nov. 20 amid the coronavirus pandemic. Variety previously reported that Disney was exploring various release options for “Soul” and was unlikely to move forward with its late November slot. Universal’s decision to push the release of its animated comedy “The Croods: A New Age” forward from Dec. 23 to Nov. 25 — the same week “Soul” planned to launch — further solidified the possibility that the Pixar film would move.

Unlike “Mulan,” which released on Disney Plus for an extra $30, “Soul” will be available to Disney Plus’ 60.5 million subscribers at no extra cost.

Not a massive shock, but I’m still very excited to see Soul, no matter the location or format. Thanks for the Christmas gift, Mouse House.