Source: China State Council Information Office 3
Disney announced Thursday that Pixar’s new animated film “Soul” will debut on the company’s streaming service Disney+ on Christmas Day.
“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 in a statement.
Originally set for a November 20 release in theaters, “Soul” follows the path of the China-based female hero film “Mulan” to skip U.S. theaters amid the ravaging COVID-19 pandemic.
Directed by twice Academy Award winner Pete Docter and co-directed by Kemp Powers, the film tells a story about Joe Gardner, a middle-school band teacher whose true passion is playing jazz.
Disney already released its long-awaited live-action film “Mulan” on Disney+, rather than in theaters, in the United States in September. The company said it will not charge Disney+’s 60 million subscribers extra fee to see “Soul.”
Another Pixar animated tentpole, “Onward,” cut short its theatrical run with a dramatically earlier release on streaming service in March in response to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.