Pixar’s ‘Turning Red’ Cancels Theaters for Disney+


Turning Red, Pixar’s Latest Feature Film, Premieres Exclusively on Disney+, the Studio announced on Friday. It follows Soul and Luca as the third Pixar film to skip a theatrical release. Disney planned to debut Turning Red in theaters, but likely due to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases in the US and much of the world, that won’t happen. What hasn’t changed is the release date: the film will still debut on March 11 as originally planned.

“Given the delayed box office recovery, particularly for family films, flexibility remains at the heart of our distribution decisions as we prioritize delivering The Walt Disney Company’s unparalleled content to audiences around the world,” said Kareem Daniel, chairman of media and entertainment. distribution for Disney.

The fact that Turning Red isn’t premiering on the big screen is a shame, because it’s the full directorial debut from one of Pixar’s most promising young talents, Domee Shi. She won an Academy Award in 2019 for her work on the short film Bao, which was shown in theaters alongside Incredibles 2. Like Bao, Turning Red is set in Shi’s hometown of Toronto, Canada. It tells the story of Mei Lee (voiced by Rosalie Chiang), a teenager who finds herself turning into a red panda when she gets too excited. As a result, of course, there are all kinds of hijinks. Did we mention that the fantastic Sandra Oh is also in the movie? Yes, it will be great.

The fact that Turning Red will not have a cinema showing will likely have a significant impact on its earning potential. That, in turn, could make Disney less willing to invest in various productions such as Turning Red. If there’s a silver lining, it’s that at least families get a chance to see the film from the safety of their homes.

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