Due to the ongoing corona pandemic, which is paralyzing the entire cinema industry and threatening to fall into ruin, some film studios are choosing alternative ways of distribution for their blockbusters. This year, for example, the animated film Trolls: World Tour, the cult comedy sequel Bill & Ted Face the Music and the horror release The Invisible were released exclusively or shortly after the cinema release as a paid stream.
Now the crisis has apparently claimed another victim: The Walt Disney Company, which released the live-action adaptation of Mulan in late summer to Disney + maneuvered, is now also moving the Pixar animation film Soul to its own platform.
Soul will celebrate its premiere on the streaming service on Christmas Day, December 25, 2020, but unlike Mulan, users do not need to take out an expensive premium subscription to watch the film. It will be available to all customers as a regular membership (6.99 euros per month). In countries where Disney + is not yet available, the studio is still planning a theatrical exploitation.
That's what soul is about
Soul is about the music teacher and passionate jazz fan Joe Gardner (voice in the original: Jamie Fox) from New York, who dreams of playing the stages of the world with his music. At the beginning of the story, he finally decides to make this dream a reality and seems to have real success right away: At an open mic contest in the jazz bar Half Note Club, he impresses the other musicians with his performance and gets the chance to make a full performance there.
Shortly afterwards, however, he has a bad accident and falls into a coma. His soul is then separated from his body and travels to the hereafter.
There he meets a group of souls who are still in training and for whom life is still to come. One of them, the somewhat dubious 21 (Tina Fey) has already spent centuries preparing and still has no clear understanding of what it means to be human. She decides to help Joe reunite with his body.
Potentially cinematic sound
The pieces in Soul were all composed by late night show musician and jazz expert Jon Batiste (The Late Show With Stephen Colbert). Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Raznor and Atticus Ross are responsible for the rest of the background music, who together arranged the scores for The Social Network, Gone Girl, Mid90s and Bird Box.
For film and music enthusiasts without a powerful home cinema sound system, it is therefore a particular downer to have to do without the haunting Dolby Surround Sound of the cinemas, especially with this Pixar film.
Source: Walt Disney Studios Twitter