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Pixar’s Soul Delayed To November 20

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You probably saw this one coming, but Pixar’s next animated feature, the Pete Docter-directed Soul, will not be meeting its June 19 release date after all. The Mouse announced today that the picture’s new release date is November 20 — a spot previously occupied by the next animated film from Disney proper, Raya and the Last Dragon (that movie is now slated for March 12, 2021).

Whenever we actually get to watch this story, it revolves around Joe Gardner, an aspiring musician played by Jamie Foxx. Joe dreams of one day performing at his favorite jazz club, The Blue Note. The day finally comes when the club holds open auditions, and Joe plays his to perfection — right before he falls into a street manhole.

Joe now finds himself as a spirit, waiting in line to ascend to the afterlife. But Joe’s not ready yet — he cuts out of line and escapes, ultimately winding up in the place souls dwell PRIOR to inhabiting a body: The Great Before. It’s here that Joe meets 22, his co-star in the picture voiced by Tina Fey.

22 really, really doesn’t care about life, the universe or anything. This blows Joe’s mind. Life is so awesome, he’s GOT to make her care. The movie goes on from there, and that’s all we’re really going to know for a few months.

You might think Disney’s new CEO, Bob Chapek, had a hand in the delay, but we have some interesting news for you….HE’S BAAAAAACK. Yep, turns out early 2020 was a terrible time to be handing the reins of a massive entertainment conglomerate to someone with no experience handling it yet.

So Iger has returned, not exactly in his old position (Chapek will remain CEO) but in more of an advisory role. “A crisis of this magnitude and its impact on Disney would necessarily result in my actively helping Bob [Chapek] and the company contend with it, particularly since I ran the company for 15 years,” Iger told The New York Times.

One thing is certain….the second half of 2020 will make for a crowded box office lineup, assuming the pandemic can be brought under control by then.