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Pixar’s SOUL heading straight to Disney+

Confirming news we've been suspecting for a little while, Disney+ has confirmed it will premiere the Pixar film SOUL on Christmas Day.

The Walt Disney Company announced that Soul, the all-new original feature from Pixar Animation Studios, will debut exclusively on Disney+ on December 25, 2020. Ininternational markets where Disney+ isn’t currently or soon to be available, Soul will be released theatrically, with dates to be announced.

“We are thrilled to share Pixar’s spectacular and moving ‘Soul’ with audiences directto Disney+ in December,” said Bob Chapek, Chief Executive Officer, The Walt DisneyCompany. “A new original Pixar film is always a special occasion, and this trulyheartwarming and humorous story about human connection and finding one’s placein the world will be a treat for families to enjoy together this holiday season.”

Soul comes from visionary filmmaker Pete Docter, the Academy Award®-winningdirector behind Inside Out and Up, and co-director/writer Kemp Powers,playwright and screenwriter of One Night in Miami. It stars the voice talents ofJamie Foxx, Tina Fey, Phylicia Rashad, Ahmir Questlove Thompson, Angela Bassettand Daveed Diggs and features original jazz music by globally renowned musicianJon Batiste and a score composed by Oscar® winners Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross (The Social Network).

“The world can be an exhausting and frustrating place – but it’s also full ofunexpected joys, even in seemingly mundane things,” said Docter, director of Soul and Chief Creative Officer of Pixar Animation Studios. “ ‘Soul’ investigates what’sreally important in our lives, a question we’re all asking these days. I hope it will bringsome humor and fun to people at a time when everyone can surely use that.”

Over the last six months, marketplace conditions created by the ongoing pandemic, while difficult in so many ways, have also provided an opportunity for innovation inapproaches to content distribution. With over 60 million subscribers within the firstyear of launch, the Disney+ platform is an ideal destination for families and fans toenjoy a marquee Pixar film in their own homes like never before.

Previously scheduled for theatrical release on November 20, 2020, Soul wasnamed an official selection of the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year along withmultiple upcoming festivals including the British Film Institute’s London Film Festivalthis Sunday.

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