Disney Moves SOUL and RAYA Release Dates in Response to Coronavirus

The entertainment landscape in Hollywood has become an ever-shifting and changing thing. The last couple months have seen theaters shut down. Studios have pushed their movies back on a near daily basis.  Disney Animation and Pixar are the most recent to share changes. On Twitter on Monday, they announced their two big upcoming releases, Raya and Soul, would be moving from their original release dates.

Soul, Pixar’s newest release centers on “Joe, a middle-school band teacher whose life hasn’t quite gone the way he expected. His true passion is jazz—and he’s good. But when he travels to another realm to help someone find their passion, he soon discovers what it means to have soul.”

The emotional trailer set the internet on fire when it dropped. The movie set in New York looked like it would be a potential big hit for the company after the stunted release of OnwardThat film, which Disney Pixar released early on Disney+ after the coronavirus struck, was likely a deciding factor in moving Soul from June to November. It also hints that Disney doesn’t think theaters will be back up and running this summer.

Soul‘s new release date is November 20, 2020.

The fact that Soul moved to November affects Disney Animation’s latest creation, Raya and the Last DragonThat fantastical film focuses on “Raya, a lone warrior from the fantasy kingdom of Kumandra, who teams up with a crew of misfits in her quest to find the Last Dragon—thus bringing light and unity back to their world.”

Disney slated Raya and the Last Dragon as their big November release this year. But now, the animated fantasy film will now move from November 25, 2020 to  March 12, 2021.

A still from Pixar's Soul


Even if we’re disappointed that the films are delayed, we’re glad to see them taking this seriously. They’re considering the safety and health of Disney fans and cinema lovers everywhere.

Featured Image: Disney 

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