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Turning Red to skip theaters and head directly to Disney Plus

by Sean P. Aune | January 7, 2022January 7, 2022 4:22 pm EST

Disney Plus subscribers are about to get an unexpected bonus as Pixar’s Turning Red is heading to the service in March.


Disney announced on Friday that Turning Red will skip a theatrical release and will instead move directly to Disney Plus. It will retain the original release date of March 11.

No statement has been made as to the reason of the change, but it is the third film from Pixar to do so. The last two films – Soul and Luca – also skipped theatrical releases. The last release before the pandemic, Onward, did receive a theatrical release, but quickly moved to Disney Plus as the virus began to spread.

Pixar’s next film is Lightyear which is scheduled to hit theaters on June 17, but we’ll have to wait and see if that holds true at this point.

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! Directed by Academy Award® winner Domee Shi (Pixar short “Bao”) and produced by Lindsey Collins.

Turning Red will hit Disney Plus worldwide on March 11.


Sean P. Aune

Sean Aune has been a pop culture aficionado since before there was even a term for pop culture. From the time his father brought home Amazing