“Turning Red” has moved its planned March 11 theatrical release date and will instead be free on the same day for subscribers without Special Access.
IndieWire has learned from sources that Walt Disney Pictures has today informed exhibitors that “Turn red, “Their Latest Animation Pixar released, moving the March 11 theater release date to play on Disney+ on the same day, with free, organic access to subscribers. Disney has confirmed the news.
“Disney+ subscribers around the world have enthusiastically embraced Pixar’s Oscar-winning ‘Soul’ and critically acclaimed ‘Luca’ as they premiere exclusively on the service, and we look forward to wanted to bring them Pixar’s next signature feature film ‘Turning Red’,” said Kareem Daniel, President, Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution. For home movies, flexibility remains at the core of our distribution decisions as we make it a priority to deliver the Walt Disney Company’s unparalleled content to audiences around the world.”
This comes as the rise of Omicron currently appears to be taking a toll on the meager box office receipts there. The wildly successful “Spider-Man: No Way Home” halved its sales Monday through Thursday, an unusual trend given that weekday totals are generally flat.
While the release date for “Turning Red” is still two months away, it’s still uncertain how long it will take for sales to return to normal amid the Covid spike. The release of “Turning Red” comes a week after Warner Bros.’s “Batman,” which was expected to be the next big-grossing movie after Marvel/Sony demolished the current “No Way Home” .
“Turning Red” joins the trend of previous Disney/Pixar movies, such as “Onward,” which opened March 6, 2020, during the pandemic before moving to free Disney+ for people. subscriptions on April 3. On December 25, 2020, “Soul” is released globally to all Disney+ subscribers (unlike last year’s “Mulan,” which skipped theaters. projector and carry a $29.99 premium access price tag when released in August 2020)
Disney also canceled the theatrical release of Pixar’s “Luca,” moving straight to Disney+ for free access on June 18 (though it screened a week-long engagement at El El. Hollywood’s Capitan at the time).
Back in April of last year, Pixar staff ready about Disney’s decision to move their movies straight to Disney+. Several Pixar sources said Docter was not pleased with Disney’s decision to move “Soul” to Disney+ exclusively, although any concerns about the transition were quelled by the film’s well-run when streaming online. A Pixar employee, according to the report, Disney said it “overstated the numbers,” but other employees expressed concern that Pixar’s success is no longer quantified by box office receipts. As one worker put it, “If these movies don’t make $1 billion, will that harm the company? You wonder that. ”
“Turning Red” is directed by Domee Shi and stars Rosalie Chiang, Sandra Oh, Ava Morse, Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, Hyein Park, Orion Lee, Wai Ching Ho, and James Hong. This is the first Pixar film directed by only one woman. The content revolves around a 13-year-old girl who transforms into a giant red panda whenever she is stressed.
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