New SOUL Trailer Promos Disney Plus Debut (VIDEO/IMAGES)

No longer destined for movie theaters, Disney Plus will exclusively unwrap Pixar’s SOUL on Christmas Day.

A new trailer for Soul is here, with the explicit purpose to promote the new direct-to-Disney+ release date and platform. It’s so good, in fact, that it creates the ultimate bittersweet effect: I can’t wait to see it but hate that I’ll never get that chance on the big screen. (Lord knows I would’ve been willing to wait.)

Speaking of getting chances, that’s pretty much what Soul is about; well, more specifically, it’s about second chances as the spirit of a newly-deceased musician (voiced by Jamie Foxx) gets help from a supernatural guide (Tina Fey) in his mission to return to earth so that he can live the life that was cut short.

This latest preview unpacks that premise in more detail than earlier promos have but without spoiling anything beyond what we’ve previously gleaned.

It’s also a further display of Pixar’s special, unique charm — especially when guided by director Pete Docter (Inside Out, Up) as it is here — one in which the comic energy is light and clever (rather than manic and mugging) and the sentiments aren’t only heart-tugging but philosophically considered.

Co-starring the voices of Phylicia Rashad, Angela Bassett, Ahmir Questlove Thompson, and Daveed Diggs, along with an original original score by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross plus new jazz music from Stephen Colbert’s band leader Jon Batiste, Soul finally comes to life this Christmas when it debuts exclusively on Disney Plus December 25, 2020.

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