Disney/Pixar’s ‘Soul’ Heads Exclusively To Disney+ This Christmas

The fate of the movie industry, specifically theatrical, is in dire straits and theater owners are out there screaming about it. Sadly, they’re about to take another devastating hit because Disney has done what we’ve long expected them to and moved Pixar’s Soul to Disney+ this holiday season.

Disney has made Soul a Disney+ exclusive, opening on Christmas Day after its previous November date. The film has bounced around before due to the pandemic, as it was originally scheduled to open in June.  But with many major markets still closed, and Regal Cinemas shutting their doors, it makes sense not to risk a theatrical release at this time.

Unlike Mulan, which subscribers had to pay $29.99 to access, Soul will be free of charge, making it similar to Artemis Fowl, Hamilton, and Onward which were also released to streaming.

“We are thrilled to share Pixar’s spectacular and moving Soul with audiences direct to Disney+ in December,” Walt Disney Co. CEO Bob Chapek said in a statement. “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.”

Soul is the latest film from Inside Out mastermind, Pete Docter, and stars Jamie Foxx as a music teacher and aspiring jazz musician who is separated from his soul after an accident. To return to the land of the living, that soul must make a journey through The Great Before, a place where souls-in-training must go to learn about life.


Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.