Monday, April 15, 2024

Disney Has No “Soul” For Theaters in 2020, Moves Last Scheduled Feature, from Pixar, to Streaming Christmas Day


It’s soul over.

Disney is moving its last scheduled release for 2020, “Soul,” from theaters to Christmas Day on Disney Plus. They’re flying the white flag regarding theaters and masks and social distancing.

“Soul” is an animated Pixar feature from director Peter Docter. There’s original music from Jon Batiste, but the score is from Nine Inch Nails’s Oscar winners Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. It stars the voice talents of Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey, Phylicia Rashad, Ahmir Questlove Thompson, Angela Bassett and Daveed Diggs.

Disney sent “Mulan” to Disney Plus with a $30 price tag above their subscription. That didn’t work out so great. So “Soul” will go without a fee, a nice Christmas present.

In a statement, Docter — who directed “Inside Out” and “Up,” — said: “The world can be an exhausting and frustrating place – but it’s also full of unexpected joys, even in seemingly mundane things. ‘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.”

Christmas Day is now thinned down to “Wonder Woman 1984,” “The Croods: A New Age,” and “News of the World” with Tom Hanks.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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