Tina Fey and Jamie Foxx speak in Disney Pixar’s “Soul”.
Disneys “Soul” will no longer debut in theaters. The new animated Pixar feature will instead be available on the company’s Disney + streaming service on December 25th.
“We’re thrilled to be sharing Pixar’s spectacular and moving ‘soul’ directly with Disney + in December,” said Bob Chapek, CEO of The Walt Disney Company. “A new original Pixar movie is always a special occasion, and this truly heartwarming and humorous story of connecting people and finding a place in the world will be a treat for families who want to enjoy this holiday season together.”
The move comes because Cineworld, which owns Regal Cinemas, has closed more than 500 theaters in the United States. This loss has forced Disney and other studios to rethink their distribution strategies.
Unlike Disney’s “Mulan,” which skipped theaters to go to Disney + in September, “Soul” appears to be free as part of the traditional on-demand streaming service.
The move of “Soul” off the calendar is another blow to the cinemas. The big cinemas have struggled since they reopened in August as attendance levels were low and a number of Hollywood blockbusters were postponed until next year.
The delay of “Wonder Woman 1984”, “Black Widow”, “No Time to Die” and more has a gaping hole in the theater calendar. And there are fears that more films may be made in the coming weeks.