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“Soul,” “Turning Red” and “Luca” Heading to Theaters

During the pandemic, ‘Soul,’ ‘Turning Red,’ and ‘Luca’ was released exclusively on Disney+, bypassing movie theatres. This decision, seen as devaluing the films, was controversial and reportedly unpopular with the creators. However, there weren’t that many alternative options at the time. It also set a precedent for audiences to expect immediate or early access to Pixar movies on Disney+, significantly impacting box office performance.

Since being reappointed as CEO last year, Bob Iger has been working to reverse this consumer expectation.

As a result, Disney has announced that 2020’s “Soul,” 2021’s “Luca”, and 2022’s “Turning Red” will hit the big screen for the first time ever in 2024.

Like Pixar’s theatrical experiences of the past, audiences will be treated to a Pixar-animated short film ahead of each of the features. “Soul,” which opens in theaters on Jan. 12, will be accompanied by the SparkShort “Burrow.” “Turning Red,” opening Feb. 9, will be preceded by the SparkShort “Kitbull.” “Luca,” which hits the big screen March 22, includes the classic Pixar short “For the Birds.”

Disney released a special trailer for the movies:

“SOUL” (Jan. 12, 2024)

What is it that makes you…YOU? Pixar Animation Studios’ “Soul,” Oscar® winner for best animated feature film, introduces Joe Gardner (voice of Jamie Foxx) – 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 (voice of Tina Fey), 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.

“TURNING RED” (Feb. 9, 2024)

Disney and Pixar’s “Turning Red” introduces Mei Lee (voice of Rosalie Chiang), a confident, dorky 13-year-old torn between staying her mother’s dutiful daughter and the chaos of adolescence. Her protective, if not slightly overbearing mother, Ming (voice of Sandra Oh), is never far from her daughter—an unfortunate reality for the teenager. And as if changes to her interests, relationships and body weren’t enough, whenever she gets too excited (which is practically ALWAYS), she “poofs” into a giant red panda!

“LUCA” (March 22, 2024)

Set in a beautiful seaside town on the Italian Riviera, Disney and Pixar’s original feature film “Luca” is a coming-of-age story about one young boy experiencing an unforgettable summer filled with gelato, pasta and endless scooter rides. Luca (voice of Jacob Tremblay) shares these adventures with his newfound best friend, Alberto (voice of Jack Dylan Grazer), but all the fun is threatened by a deeply-held secret: they are sea monsters from another world just below the water’s surface.

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