Three great Pixar successes, which never made it to the cinema, are about to arrive on the big screen. Disney decided to bring Soul, Luca And Red – long available on Disney+ – in cinema halls. The reason? Giving families the vision for which the films were designed.
Disorganized plans and second lives
During the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, Disney chose to bypass traditional movie theaters and deliver its scheduled films to streaming: Soul (2020), Luca (2021) e Red (2022). The three films will be released in US cinemas in early 2024, with tickets on sale as early as January 2. Soul will debut on January 12th, Red The February 9th And Luca The March 22as if anticipating the very new Inside Out 2 (out June 14). The reason behind this choice? The possibility for families to see the three films “the way they were meant to be seen”. As per Pixar tradition, each release will also be accompanied by a short film.
Cinema or streaming?
SoulFurthermore, it was the first Pixar film to debut on Disney+, in 2020, when the pandemic was in full swing. But when Disney announced that it would stream two more films directly, it raised fans’ discontent. Above all because some films have reached the cinema (this is the case of Enchanting). However, the director of Red, Domee Shi, defended that choice. “I would like the film to be seen by as many people as possible,” she said. “I fell in love with animation by watching films on VHS, over and over again, pausing the film, trying to replicate Aladdin’s strange and beautiful face. The idea that the public, that families and children can have immediate access to the film and they can start to develop that relationship with the characters I think is everything.”
Pixar’s real return to cinema only occurred in 2022 with Lightyearthe spin-off of Toy Story which grossed 50 million dollars in the United States alone. However, the box office success did not last long. And the same happened to Elementalwhich opened with $29.6 million (against $182.7 million). The Incredibles 2 and 90.4 of Inside Out, on the opening weekend). Then Elemental recovered, reaching a super positive 154.4 million dollars.
What will be, now, the box office fate of Soul, Luca And Red?