Disney and Pixar on Wednesday announced the title for what will be the second original animated feature film slated for release by the studio in 2020, “Soul.”
The film is directed by Pete Docter (“Up,” “Inside Out”) and produced by Dana Murray (“Lou” short film), and will open in theaters one year from today on June 19, 2020.
Here’s the logline:
Ever wonder where your passion, your dreams and your interests come from? What is it that makes you… YOU? In 2020, Pixar Animation Studios takes you on a journey from the streets of New York City to the cosmic realms to discover the answers to life’s most important questions.
Also due out next spring for Pixar and Disney is “Onward,” featuring the voice talents of Tom Holland, Chris Pratt, Octavia Spencer and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. No cast has been announced for “Soul” as of yet.
The release date for “Soul” was originally marked among Disney’s slate out through 2027, but a title wasn’t revealed until Wednesday. Pixar has three more movies currently on Disney’s slate, the next one on June 18, 2021, followed by another pair of movies for 2022, the first on March 18, the second on June 16.
“Onward” is the story of two elf brothers living in a suburban fantasy world of mystical creatures who set out on a quest to discover if there is still magic in the world.
Pixar also has “Toy Story 4” opening this weekend, which the studio is projecting for a $140 million+ opening weekend domestically. Both “Onward” and “Soul” represent the studio moving back to original fare rather than the recent sequels of “Toy Story,” “Finding Dory” and “Incredibles 2” all in recent years.