I don’t think they want to make Studios any more popular than it already is. The other location they could place them is MK (between Tomorrowland and Fantasyland), but there’s really not a lot of space for them. Moana and Miguel are other question mark, “why are they not here” characters.
It could have to do with height requirements. They seem relatively tall. The characters I could see switching our are Ralph and Vanellopie, but they wouldn’t take away a heavily detailed meet-and-greet away from Epcot right now - it needs all the help it can get, Studios and MK do not need a draw right now.
If you add something somewhere, you have to take away something else. Bye-Bye roaming Kevin, bye-bye MK Buzz, Dapper Dan and Trolley hours get slashed even further... Mike, Frozone, and Bo Peep get removed...
I feel like Onward and Soul are in very similar veins of Coco and Inside Out... which have had surprising shelf life in the parks, at least in terms of consistent new additions, with the latest being a renewed M&G and a brand new parade float.
I feel that Disney really discounts storytelling that does not follow the typical story arcs of a princess-style film. If Monster’s Inc, a workplace comedy about the value of loyalty and laughter, was made today, I doubt Disney’s infrastructure would have supported the amount of characters, Merch, video games, tv specials, etc.if it had premiered today.
It may not have known the lasting value of two buddy monsters, but Disney must know the emotional value of story centered around a dead father.
Good Dinosaur faded into obscurity because of it’s insistence on being derivative, weirdly of other boy-dog stories and other animated dinosaur movies. That is the death of a Pixar movie.
Nothing I've seen in the trailers for this flick appeals to me in the least. Of course, it's always a risk to underestimate Pixar. But this looks like a lesser Dreamworks film, honestly. As for "Soul"...it seems very high-concept, which has its risks (if it's too out-there, audience might have trouble identifying with it), but then I loved, and I mean LOVED, "Inside Out". It spoke to me. It was fresh and genuine, and had a level of world-building that matches the high bar set by "Monsters, Inc.". "Soul" seems similar in flavor to "Inside Out", so I hope it will speak to me too. I will definitely be going to see it. Hope it's great.