Pixar’s ‘Turning Red’ to Skip Theatrical Release

It wasn’t that long ago that Pixar was one of the time-honored treasures of the Disney empire. For 20 years, it was one of the most respected and beloved brands in animation, turning out one modern classic after another that appealed to all generations.

However, since the pandemic began, Disney has been pushing all of Pixar’s films straight to streaming, even at times when other Disney animated films were getting theatrical releases, or hybrid releases, or only available on Disney+ at a premium price. We saw this with three Disney+ films last year Luca, Raya, and Soul. Now it’s happening again to Pixar’s latest film, Turning Red. Disney announced today that the movie will premiere exclusively on Disney+ on March 11.

Previously, the film had been expected to premiere in theaters on that same date. There has been a recent rise in Covid-19 cases thanks to the Omicron variant of late, and that has prompted some movies to shift release dates. But Turning Red is the highest-profile movie so far to skip a 2022 theatrical release entirely.

Check out the trailer here.

And here’s the film’s official synopsis:

Disney and Pixar’s “Turning Red” introduces Mei Lee (voice of Rosalie Chiang), a confident, dorky 13-year-old torn between staying her mother’s dutiful daughter and the chaos of adolescence. Her protective, if not slightly overbearing mother, Ming (voice of Sandra Oh), is never far from her daughter—an unfortunate reality for the teenager. And as if changes to her interests, relationships, and body weren’t enough, whenever she gets too excited (which is practically ALWAYS), she “poofs” into a giant red panda!

Pixar’s next film after Turning Red is Lightyear, inspired by the character from the Toy Story franchise. We’ll have to see whether it is the movie that finally returns Pixar to theaters or whether it gets a streaming-only release instead. Currently, it’s scheduled for a theatrical debut on June 17, 2022.