- Disney Plus is about to see how Joe Gardner find his soul on Christmas day.
“We are thrilled to share Pixar’s spectacular and moving Soul with audiences direct to Disney+ in December,” shared Bob Chapek, Chief Executive Officer, The Walt Disney Company. “A new original Pixar film is always a special occasion, and this truly heartwarming and humorous story about human connection and finding one’s place in the world will be a treat for families to enjoy together this holiday season.”
The film was originally set to premiere theatrically on November 20 yet due to the pandemic’s impact on domestic theaters and uncertainty shadowing key markets, the studio opted for the film to be available on the streamer to its 60 million subscribers, as it did with the feature film Mulan, Artemis Fowl, and the Broadway hit Hamilton. However, the film will premiere in foreign markets where the streamer is not yet available on a date still to be determined.
Unlike the premium access fee attached to Mulan for $29.99, Soul will be available to all subscribers at no extra cost.
“The world can be an exhausting and frustrating place – but it’s also full of unexpected joys, even in seemingly mundane things,” said Pete Docter, director of Soul and Chief Creative Officer of Pixar Animation Studios. “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.”
Soul follows Joe Gardner, a middle-school band teacher who gets the chance of a lifetime to play at the best jazz club in town until one small misstep takes him from the streets of New York City to The Great Before – a fantastical place where new souls get their personalities, quirks and interests before they go to Earth. Determined to return to his life, Joe teams up with a precocious soul, 22, who has never understood the appeal of the human experience. As Joe desperately tries to show 22 what’s great about living, he may just discover the answers to some of life’s most important questions.
Gardner’s tale is directed by Oscar-winner Pete Docter (Inside Out, Up) and co-directed by Kemp Powers (One Night in Miami). Academy Award-nominee Dana Murray (Pixar short Lou) produced the film. Globally renowned musician Jon Batiste will be writing original jazz music for the film, and Oscar-winners Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross (The Social Network) from Nine Inch Nails will compose an original score that will drift between the real and soul worlds.