‘Soul’ release postponed by Pixar due to ongoing coronavirus concerns

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Disney will delay the release of the next Pixar upcoming animated feature Soul, and has likewise moved the premiere date of Raya and the Last Dragon.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Disney Pixar’s newest animated feature film Soul has been delayed from June 19, 2020 to Nov. 20, 2020 due to the ongoing novel coronavirus crisis.

The move comes after Disney reshuffled nearly its entire movie schedule — from its live-action Disney adaptations like Mulan to the MCU’s upcoming slate– Soul was the last studio tentpole film to remain on the May and June calendar.

However, the last hold out has now been moved, meaning that the behemoth studio will have no films due for a summer release.

The movement of Soul likewise pushes back the release date of Walt Disney Animation’s Thanksgiving movie Raya and the Last Dragon, which will relocate from Nov. 25, 2020 to March, 12, 2021.

Disney’s Soul centers on Joe Gardner, a middle-school band teacher who gets the chance of a lifetime to play at the best jazz club in town. However, his life gets turned completely upside down when 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.

Soul features the voices of Jamie Foxx as middle-school teacher Joe Gardner, Tina Fey as the disillusioned-with-human-life soul 22, and Phylicia Rashad as Libba Gardner, along with Angela Bassett, Ahmir Questlove Thompson, and Daveed Diggs.

The film is directed by Academy Award winner Pete Docter, also responsible for Pixar’s Inside Out and Up and is co-directed by Kemp Powers, who is best known for his work on One Night in Miami. The film is produced by Academy Award nominee Dana Murray (Pixar short “Lou”).

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