With the recent confirmation that the much-loved Walt Disney World attraction McDonald’s Happy Meal toys have been discontinued, it seems that the restaurant chain has moved on to another Disney-Pixar offering: Soul.
ITM was able to obtain confirmation that multiple McDonald’s establishments in Indiana, Kentucky, and New Jersey have all switched to the Soul bag clip and plush Happy Meal collectibles.
On the official McDonald’s Happy Meal website, children and their parents can enjoy downloadable coloring pages and McDonald’s smartphone app activities related to the upcoming Disney-Pixar film, which will be released on the Disney+ streaming platform on Christmas Day at no extra charge to subscribers — this is in contrast to the live-action Mulan (2020), which debuted on the Disney+ Premier Access tier for an additional fee of $29.99 earlier this year.
The official Disney-Pixar description of Soul reads:
What is it that makes you…YOU? This December, Pixar Animation Studios’ all-new feature film “Soul” introduces Joe Gardner (voice of Jamie Foxx) – a middle-school band teacher who gets the chance of a lifetime to play at the best jazz club in town. But one small misstep takes him from the streets of New York City to The Great Before – a fantastical place where new souls get their personalities, quirks and interests before they go to Earth. Determined to return to his life, Joe teams up with a precocious soul, 22 (voice of Tina Fey), who has never understood the appeal of the human experience. As Joe desperately tries to show 22 what’s great about living, he may just discover the answers to some of life’s most important questions. Directed by Academy Award® winner Pete Docter (“Inside Out,” “Up”), co-directed by Kemp Powers (“One Night in Miami”) and produced by Academy Award nominee Dana Murray, p.g.a. (Pixar short “Lou”), Disney and Pixar’s “Soul” is streaming exclusively December 25, 2020 on Disney+.
There are six McDonald’s Pixar Soul toys to collect in all. They are currently scheduled to be available through January 11, 2021.