COVID-19 strikes again and disrupts yet another theatrical release. Pixar’s ‘Turning Red’ is heading directly to streaming:
“The animated film will be released exclusively on Disney+ in March, Disney announced Friday, becoming the third straight Pixar movie to forgo a theatrical release amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Like its predecessors Soul in 2020 and Luca in 2021, Turning Red will be available to Disney+ subscribers at no extra charge.
“Disney+ subscribers around the world enthusiastically embraced Pixar’s Academy Award–winning Soul and the critically-acclaimed Luca when they premiered exclusively on the service and we look forward to bringing them Pixar’s next incredible feature film Turning Red,” Kareem Daniel, chairman of Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution, said in a statement. “Given the delayed box office recovery, particularly for family films, flexibility remains at the core of our distribution decisions.”
That’s really too bad, since I really wanted to see Pixar’s first film featuring an Asian American as the lead character in the theater.