It was hardly a shock again in October when Disney introduced that its upcoming new animated movie from Pixar, titled Soul, would premiere on the corporate’s Disney+ streaming service as a substitute of opening in theaters. Soul was initially slated to open theatrically this previous summer time, with its launch date set lengthy earlier than the coronavirus pandemic shut down cinemas and multiplexes world wide, however the unfold of the virus led to just about each summer time film decamping for later within the 12 months or past.
Disney at first optimistically rescheduled Soul for November 20. But with the virus nonetheless raging and potential audiences staying principally away from the movies that did handle to flow into in no matter theaters across the nation had been working (howdy Tenet), the Mouse House got out in entrance of the scenario by pulling Soul off its theatrical launch perch and saying a Christmas Day premiere on Disney+, which has accrued some 86 million subscribers previously 12 months (as of two weeks in the past).
Soul director and co-writer (to not point out chief inventive officer of Pixar) Pete Docter explains the choice to maneuver the movie in an interview with Den of Geek. “We were all keeping an eye on the events almost daily,” he says. “We’d have these meetings and be like, ‘I don’t know, what’s it looking like in Europe? Is this going to work? Is anybody going to go to theaters?’ It was looking for a while, like, ‘Hey, things are getting better,’ and then it was not getting better. And so finally we just made the call.”
Docter says that the selection to reroute Soul to Disney+ appeared to make extra sense for a number of causes. “If people are going to see this movie, we would…have to wait until next year when all the other movies come out,” he explains, noting that each studio has pushed almost all of this 12 months’s delayed choices, together with a quantity of blockbusters, right into a now-crowded 2021 — together with Disney itself.