Before the pandemic took over our lives, Soul looked like it would be one of the brightest spots in a summer filled again with loud blockbusters and unnecessary sequels. But then it got pushed to Thanksgiving, and then it quickly became apparent even that wouldn't be a viable release date. So now Disney has shifted its other big animated release to Christmas Day. But you won't have to venture out to a theater or pay $30 to see it at home. It will be available exclusively for Disney+ subscribers at no extra cost.
Hailing from Pete Docter (my favorite Pixar director), this feels closer to Inside Out than Disney's Frozen II. Jamie Foxx voices Joe, a jazz musician and teacher whose soul separates from his body. That soul goes on a journey to be reunited, and learn what life and death is all about. Joining him on this quest is 22, voiced by Tina Fey. There will be plenty of heavy concepts, but just like Inside Out, they will be handled with colorful vistas, heartfelt storytelling, and memorable characters. The voice cast also includes Phylicia Rashad, Daveed Diggs, and Angela Bassett.
Music will unsurprisingly play a big role here, with jazz numbers arranged by Late Show bandleader Jon Batiste, and an original score by Oscar winners Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. This marks the first animated film for the duo, whose music is typically pretty ominous. They may find themselves competing against themselves at the Oscars, as they've also done the score for David Fincher's Mank.
Soul will premiere exclusively on Disney+ on Friday, December 25.