Pixar’s ‘Soul’ Keeps November 20 Theatrical Release Date

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The Walt Disney Company announced their updated film release schedule today, and while many film release dates were pushed back, one film retained its theatrical release date in the near future…Pixar’s “Soul”.  The film was originally scheduled to launch back in June, but with many theaters still closed around the world due to the pandemic, the film was delayed to November 20th.

There was some speculation that because moviegoers are still concerned about going to theaters that maybe Disney would release the film on Disney+ like it did with  “Artemis Fowl”, “The One and Only Ivan” and “Hamilton”.  Or, release the movie on “Premier Access” on the streaming service and charge a premium fee, similar to “Mulan”.

After today’s announcement, it seems Disney is set on keeping “Soul” in theaters.

In Pixar’s “Soul,” Joe Gardner is a middle-school band teacher who gets the chance of a lifetime to play at the best jazz club in town. But 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.

Featuring the voices of Jamie Foxx, Tina Fey, Phylicia Rashad, Angela Bassett, Ahmir Questlove Thompson, Daveed Diggs, “Soul” is directed by Academy Award® winner Pete Docter (“Inside Out,” “Up”), co-directed by Kemp Powers (“One Night in Miami”) and produced by Academy Award nominee Dana Murray (Pixar short “Lou”). 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.

You can see Disney’s upcoming slate below:

2020

“The Empty Man” — Oct. 23

“Soul” — Nov. 20

“Free Guy” — Dec. 11

“Death on the Nile” — Dec. 18

2021

“Everybody’s Talking About Jamie” — Jan. 22

“The King’s Man” — Feb. 12

“Raya and the Last Dragon” — March 12

“Bob’s Burgers” — April 9

“Ron’s Gone Wrong” — April 23

“Black Widow” — May 7

“Cruella” — May 28

“Luca” — June 18

“Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” — July 9

“Jungle Cruise” — July 30

“Deep Water” — Aug. 13

“Beatles Get Back” — Aug. 27

“The Last Duel” — Oct. 15

“Eternals” — Nov. 5

“West Side Story” — Dec. 10

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