A day after activist investor Dan Loeb called on
to debut more of its movies on Disney+, the company said it would move the coming Pixar film Soulto an exclusive release on the streaming service.
Originally planned for a summer theatrical debut, Disney first delayed the release to November. Now, Soul will be available to stream on Disney+ starting on Christmas Day.
Last month, Disney (ticker: DIS) released the similarly delayed remake of Mulan as a video-on-demand purchase for Disney+ subscribers, for an extra fee of $29.99 in the U.S. Soul won’t require an additional purchase, but instead be included with a Disney+ subscription.
Disney similarly premiered Artemis Fowl and Hamilton on the streaming service, rather than holding the films until the coronavirus pandemic passes and theaters reopen. Like with Mulan, Soul will still get a theatrical