Pixar’s “Turning Red” to forgo theaters for Disney +

Turn red, Pixar’s latest feature film, will be presented exclusively on Disney +, the studio announced Friday. It follows Soul and Luca as the third Pixar film to skip a theatrical release. Disney had planned to debut Turn red in theaters, but likely due to the recent increase in COVID-19 cases in the United States 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.

“With the delay in the box office resumption, especially for family films, flexibility remains at the heart of our distribution decisions as we prioritize delivering unparalleled content from The Walt Disney Company to audiences throughout the world. around the world, ”said Kareem Daniel, president of media and entertainment. distribution for Disney.

The fact Turn red won’t be featured on the big screen is a shame as it marks the directorial debut of one of Pixar’s most promising young talents, Domee Shi. She won an Oscar in 2019 for her work on the short film Bao, which was shown alongside Incredibles 2 in theaters. Like Bao, Turn red takes place in Shi’s hometown of Toronto, Canada. It tells the story of Mei Lee (voiced by Rosalie Chiang), a teenage girl who discovers she turns into a red panda when she is too horny. Of course, all kinds of hijackings follow. Did we mention that the fabulous Sandra Oh is also in the movie? Yeah, that’ll be great.

The fact Turn red will not have a theatrical release is likely to significantly affect its earning potential. In turn, this could make Disney less willing to invest in various productions like Turn red. If there is a silver lining, it’s that families will at least be able to view the film from the safety of their homes.

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