Sources told Insider that frustration is building at Pixar as movies like “Soul” and Luca” aren’t getting theatrical releases and instead moving to Disney Plus.
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Frustration is building at Pixar as movies like “Soul” and Luca” aren’t getting theatrical releases. Several Pixar staffers spoke to Insider about their concerns. Pixar CCO, Pete Docter, was disappointed “Soul” wasn’t shown in theaters, according to sources. Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories.
When it comes to a movie theater experience, the Steve Jobs Theater on Pixar Animation Studios’ campus in Emeryville, California is one of the most special.
Sitting in one of the theater’s comfy red velvet seats and catching a glance at the twinkly lights on the ceiling that animates into a shooting star as the house lights go down, it’s hard not to be in a good mood before watching Pixar’s latest, anticipated creation.
With less than two months before “Luca” comes out, the newest release from Disney’s famed animation house that centers two boys who are really sea monsters, the theater named after the legendary Pixar chairman should be in heavy use. “Luca” director Enrico Casarosa and the company’s brain trust – made up of chief creative officer Pete Docter, president Jim Morris, and other top executives – should be in there constantly watching the latest cuts of the movie as they prepare to sign off on another Pixar release.
But none of that is happening right now.
The pandemic has closed the once vibrant Pixar campus. In fact, no one in the US has seen a new Pixar movie in a movie theater in over a year. For months, movie theaters have been closed, leading to a previously unthinkable reality: new releases being made instantly available on streaming services and premium video on demand.
However, there are signs of normalcy on the horizon. An actual summer movie season is happening as more and more theaters are reopening around the country. Now titles like “F9,” “Black Widow” (which will also be available