Disney/Pixar Delay Theatrical Releases of 2 Anticipated Movies
By Jessilyn Lancaster
Disney/Pixar announced they will delay the theatrical releases of SOUL and RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON. SOUL was initially slated for a June release and has now been bumped to November. RAYA was scheduled for November and is now slated for March 2021.
The news comes as some theater owners consider bankruptcy while others mull over a potential reopening later this summer.
Disney opted to move some of their bigger titles, including MULAN and BLACK WIDOW back a few months while moving other titles straight to Disney+.
SOUL is written and directed by Pete Doctor, who previously worked on Movieguide® Award-nominated projects including UP, INSIDE OUT and WALL-E, among others.
However, SOUL, while marketed as a family-friendly movie, may contain some worldview cautions.
According to Polygon, “Aptly titled SOUL, the movie follows a middle school teacher and jazz musician named Joe Gardner (Jamie Foxx, starring as Pixar’s first black lead). After finally getting his big break at an audition gone wonderfully right, he ends up …dying. Well, his soul gets separated from his body, and he ends up in a place dubbed the ‘You Seminar,’ where souls get trained.”
Even in the trailers, the movie appears to ponder major life questions about the value of life and a person’s worth. Movies that discuss eternity and the afterlife merit a deeper understanding of media discernment. Parents should remember that children are especially vulnerable to nuanced worldview concepts. For parental resources, click here.
Not much is known yet about RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON.
According to its IMDB page, “In a realm known as Lumandra, a re-imagined Earth inhabited by an ancient civilization, a warrior named Raya is determined to find the last dragon.”
Another highly anticipated release, ARTEMIS FOWL, will head straight to Disney+, while Disney execs consider moving other titles to the streaming service.
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