Pixar’s ‘Turning Red’ From Theatrical Release To Streaming

Disney and Pixar’s new coming-of-age animated film, “Turning Red,” was set to be Pixar’s first theatrical release since “Onward” in 2020. Throughout December 2021, COVID cases Omicron were increasing. Disney cited this as the cause of its January 2022 announcement that “Turning Red” would no longer be a theatrical release, but instead would keep its March 11 release date exclusively as a direct-to-streaming release on the platform. -Disney+ streaming form.

Pixar studios thought that “Turning Red”, its 25th animated feature, would be their sensational return to the big screen after 2 years of confinement to streaming. Instead, the production is the third Pixar film, after “Soul” (2020) and “Luca” (2021), to be pulled from theatrical release and reset for Disney+ streaming-only release.

The film was directed by Chinese-Canadian animator, director, and screenwriter Domee Shi, who has worked on Pixar feature films such as “Inside out,” Incredibles 2″ and “Toy Story 4.” Shi became the first female to direct a Pixar short film, “Bao,” for which she won the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film, and is also the first woman to have sole director credit on a Pixar feature film.

“Turning Red” was inspired by Shi’s teenage feelings. The story delves into the life of a 13-year-old Chinese-Canadian girl, Meilin Lee (Rosalie Chiang), who struggles between continuing to be a perfect, high-achieving child, obeying the expectations and culture of her perfectionist mother. . (Sandra Oh), instead of being immersed in the disorderly madness of unpredictable adolescence. Her ancestors have mystical ties to the red panda and whenever Mei gets excited or stressed – teenage feelings – she uncontrollably transforms into a giant red panda.

Although it’s a direct release on the Disney+ platform, the film played theatrically for a week at the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood. “Turning Red” lead actress Rosalie Chiang made an appearance on a March 14 show at El Capitan. Of his work with Pixar, 16-year-old Chiang said, “It’s such a dream come true, it’s such an amazing campus, it’s so big and spacious and I’m so grateful to be a part of it. .”

Sharing what inspired her to start acting, Chiang said, “Just watching Disney Channel and watching TV and seeing all the other kids my age being really fun and energetic and having a great time on TV and that’s it. was what I wanted to do.”

Ludwig Goransson, composer for Black Panther, The Mandalorian, and the Book of Boba Fett series, among others, composed the film’s score. Billie Eilish and Finneas O’Connell wrote three original songs which were performed by the fictional boy band from the movie 4*town, with two of the band members voiced by Jordan Fischer and Finneas.

Disney simultaneously released “Embrace the Panda: Making Turning Red,” a documentary focusing on the film’s all-female creative team.

Disney’s decision to pull “Turning Red” from theaters disappointed audiences and Pixar employees. Although Disney cited Omicron’s health and safety concerns as a reason for pulling the film from theaters, a January 2022 study by MorningConsultant.com showed that 64% of young audiences said they felt safe. and had already returned to the cinema. Boxofficemojo.com reported that the top four box office earners in December 2021 were ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’, ‘Sing 2’, ‘Encanto’ and ‘Ghostbusters Afterlife’, proving that audiences of animations and the family-friendly movies were back in theaters.

Pixar may finally have a chance to return to the big screen, with plans to release the Toy Story spin-off prequel film, “Lightyear,” the origin story of Buzz Lightyear, in June 2022.

Comments are closed.