- Dec 21, 2002
- Real Name
- Jake Lipson
I hope so. Currently, Disney has June 18, 2021 reserved for an Untitled Pixar title. I'm sure that they know internally what it is and could probably meet that date if they wanted to do so. But, since they haven't formally announced what that film is yet, it would be really. easy to move Soul into that spot and just push every subsequent Pixar release back one slot. It's not like we would even really be aware of what is being delayed because as of right now they're just placeholders on dates.Soul to move to spring or summer.
Additionally, there's the box office failure of Onward to consider. Although the film itself is not at fault, the fact is that it lost lots of money for Disney because it has the misfortune of being the final big tentpole release before the virus shut everything down. I love that movie and I think it would have made more than it did if its theatrical run had been able to safely continue. But regardless of the reason, it became, by default, the lowest-grossing Pixar film ever by a wide margin because it was only able to play for two weeks before the closures started. Its second weekend was when people really started to think that going to a movie wasn't safe, so even that wasn't necessarily at the full strength that it would have been in a normal second weekend.
Pixar is, of course, a hugely important brand to Disney. So, if it were me, I would treat their next release very carefully, because they don't want to have two underperforming titles in a row from that studio. Personally, I would hold Soul until next June as I suggested above, in the hopes that there will be a vaccine by then and its attendance can be normal. But Disney isn't asking me what I think.
Disney also currently has March 12, 2021 reserved for Raya and the Last Dragon from Walt Disney Animation Studios. If they want to put out Soul sooner than June, it's also possible that Soul could slide into that spot and Raya could go later, but I would stick to the established pattern that audiences are clearly used to of having a Pixar film in June.
Wanting it to be delayed is also just a personal preference thing. I have never missed a single Pixar film in theaters; even their occasional clunkers, I always made it out. I even managed to see Onward twice before things got crazy. if Soul were to come out in theaters before I felt it was safe to return, it would break that habit, and I don't want that to happen. I would probably go see Mulan if it came out in a safe window, but if Mulan comes out before I think going to a movie is a good idea, I would be way less bothered to miss that on a big screen than Soul. Personally.