6:44 pm EDT, October 8, 2020

Pixar’s ‘Soul’ heading straight to Disney+ on Christmas Day

Disney-Pixar’s Soul will soon be making its way on to Disney+!

According to Variety, Disney and Pixar have opted to forgo a traditional theatrical release for Soul in lieu of releasing the forthcoming animated film via Disney+ instead.

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Like many other films originally set to premiere in theaters in 2020, the Pixar movie has had its release date shuffled around quite a bit. Originally, the plan was for the film to hit theaters in June. Given the continued shut downs of movie theaters as a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic however, Disney eventually pushed the family feature back to November 20.

With theaters nowhere near ready to open, the studio has now announced that Soul will instead head straight to streaming.

Fans interested in watching the latest Pixar original will be able to do so via Disney+ beginning December 25. For regions in which Disney+ is not yet available, Disney revealed that it plans to release the film in theaters in those markets on a later date.

In a statement announcing the decision, Disney CEO Bob Chapek said that the company is “thrilled” over the prospect of being able to share the film with audiences in just a few month’s time.

“A new original Pixar film is always a special occasion, and this truly heartwarming and humorous story about human connection and finding hone’s place in the world will be a treat for families to enjoy together this holiday season,” said Chapek in a statement.

Featuring the voices of Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey, Quest Love, Daveed Diggs, and Angela Bassett, Soul tells the story of an aspiring jazz musician who suffers an accident that causes his soul to leave his body just before what could be his big break. Together with the help of a new pal, he must figure out how to reunite his soul with his body before it’s too late.

Disney-Pixar’s Soul hits Disney+ on December 25.

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