Seeing a brand new Pixar movie debut on home TVs would have been unheard of years ago, but it’s just the norm now amidst the ongoing pandemic. The next Pixar movie, Turning Red, is their latest feature that will be heading straight to Disney+. While it was originally slated to have a theatrical release, as Polygon reports, Disney is opting to release it on their streaming platform on March 11 instead. With the new Omicron variant spreading rapidly, this seems like the right call.
While many people enjoy the movie-going experience, having these new big blockbuster movies come straight to your couch is also pretty nice. In the case of Turning Red, families are probably happy that they don’t have to spend a ton of money to bring all of the kids to the movies. Instead, you can gather the family in the living room, pop some popcorn, and watch the latest Pixar release that everyone is talking about. It worked for Soul and Luca, so it will probably work for Turning Red as well.
Turning Red looks to be a fun movie about a young 13-year old girl named Mei Lee (Rosalie Chiang) growing up in Toronto. Mei Lee has a seemingly normal life, with friends, hobbies, school, and everything else that comes with being a teen. However, Mei has something that makes her a little different than the other kids. According to her mother (Sandra Oh), their family has a “mystical connection” with red pandas, which causes her to turn into a giant red panda when she has strong emotions. Navigating adolescence is hard enough, so this revelation is definitely going to throw a wrench in things for Mei. The trailer makes it seem like this will be a funny coming-of-age tale with some big heart. With the Disney-Pixar names attached, you know that it will be a vibrantly animated ride for kids and adults alike to enjoy. It’s also the first Pixar film set in Canada, so Canadians will probably get to see some familiar locations and nods to one of their biggest and most notable cities.
Although Turning Red clearly won’t be doing any big box office numbers for Disney, they’re probably pretty comfortable taking the hit. They did just have the highest-grossing film of the year with their Sony collaboration Spider-Man: No Way Home. That movie is also currently sitting as the 12th highest-grossing movie of all time, so Disney probably isn’t hurting for the big box office dollars. Besides, movies like Turning Red are sure to bring in more subscribers and maintain current subscribers for the Disney+ streaming platform, along with the myriad of Marvel, Star Wars, and other Disney content you can find on there.
Hopefully, we’ll be able to consistently go back to the movies theatres soon, but until then it’s nice that these big studios are making these films easily accessible for those families and individuals who want to stay home. If you want to check out Turning Red, you’ll be able to stream it on Disney+ starting March 11.