Disney has officially announced that the next Pixar film, “Turning Red”, will premiere exclusively in homes worldwide on Disney+ on Friday, 11th March 2022.

In a statement, Kareem Daniel, Chairman, Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution said:

“Disney+ subscribers around the world enthusiastically embraced Pixar’s Academy Award-winning ‘Soul’ and the critically-acclaimed “Luca” when they premiered exclusively on the service and we look forward to bringing them Pixar’s next incredible feature film ‘Turning Red’.  Given the delayed box office recovery, particularly for family films, flexibility remains at the core of our distribution decisions as we prioritize delivering the unparalleled content of The Walt Disney Company to audiences around the world.”

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!

The film is directed by Academy Award® winner Domee Shi (Pixar short “Bao”) and produced by Lindsey Collins.

In international markets where Disney+ is not yet available, the film will be released theatrically, with premiere dates to be announced.

This is the third Pixar movie to be released directly onto Disney+, following “Luca” and “Soul”, both of which were huge successes for Disney+ viewers, but will no doubt cause more concern for staff at Pixar, who have been become vocal about their films being shifted to streaming.

With the current situation with the pandemic seeing more restrictions around the world, with cinemas closed and with many films being shifted back to later in the year, it’s not a huge surprise to see “Turning Red” movie, plus none of “Turning Red’s” promotion has used the words, theatrical only or only at cinemas, so there was always speculation that Disney was planning on doing this, should the situation with the pandemic change over the winter.

“Turning Red” releases on Disney+ on March 11th, 2022.

What do you think of “Turning Red” moving to Disney+?


Roger Palmer

Roger has been a Disney fan since he was a kid and this interest has grown over the years. He has visited Disney Parks around the globe and has a vast collection of Disney movies and collectibles. He is the owner of What's On Disney Plus & DisKingdom. Email: Roger@WhatsOnDisneyPlus.com Twitter: Twitter.com/RogPalmerUK Facebook: Facebook.com/rogpalmeruk

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  1. Josh Steele January 8, 2022

    Utterly disgusting, greedy and selfish, these companies are single handily destroying cinema by releasing films to streaming instead of cinema, all they care about is the money not about the fans and viewers and with lack of regard for the cinema industry, the Pixar company like mentioned above have already expressed concerns over direct streaming releases of their film and ultimately it should be up to them on the final decision not the greedy Selfish people at Disney, completely I acceptable and yes I know other streaming services are doing it but they need to stop or be stopped by the film authorities whoever they may be people should go to cinema to watch these films not stay at home and watch them, these companies are robbing fans and cinema fans of the opportunity to watch films at the cinema, think about all the young Disney fans, where as they should be experiencing the magic of cinema instead they don’t get too because companies like Disney are thinking about the money only and not what the fans want. THIS NEEDS TO BE STOPPED, the power needs to be taken away from these companies who only care about money and given to people who care about cinema fans

    1. N1N January 9, 2022

      A lot of people won't see anything in theaters right now let alone in general so this makes sense to me and honestly it's for the betterl

  2. JT January 8, 2022

    And Pixar is officially the new DisneyToon direct to consumer studio. Let’s hope this one is better than the god awful Luca.

  3. Daniel Tilley January 8, 2022

    I loved Luca, and Soul; Both deserved a cinema release. The pandemic seems the main reason why they are doing this but I also wonder if another reason is that Disney want to bump up the amount of new material released on Disney+ under the Pixar tab (compared to the other tabs on Disney+ Pixar seems to release the least amount of material).

  4. CuriousUserX90 January 8, 2022

    Unless Turning Red, Luca, Soul and Onward can at some point re-release in theatres worldwide once all’s back to normal, our only hope right now would be for someone to go back in time to stop that virus which had been stopping certain films from successfully hitting the big screen from ever having happened.

  5. Mat January 8, 2022

    And say goodbye to many pixar creators. They went on a twitter rant over luca and slammed disney over it. Now ceo bob does it again a third time. After sing 2 made over $90m in less then two weeks at the box office also. Looks like some of the pixar team will be looking for work at other studios after this move, You know they are ticked! This stunt could cost them some big pixar names!

    1. Roger Palmer January 8, 2022

      Sing 2 only had a 3-week theatrical exclusive window.

  6. Mat January 9, 2022

    And sing 2 still made over $100m in three weeks.

    1. Jon January 10, 2022

      Yes, and the original made over $200 million domestically in the same time period. And over $630 worldwide throughout its theatrical run. Meanwhile, the sequel has limped to $150 million worldwide and has already left the top 5 at best. The box office is still seriously down. Surely, you can at least see why companies like Disney are being repeatedly cautious?

      1. Jon January 10, 2022

        A quick correction to a typo. That should be $190 million worldwide for Sing 2.

  7. Jon January 9, 2022

    I'm genuinely happy about this move and can't understand the hand-wringing about "killing cinemas" in the slightest. I am not and have never been "a cinema fan". I'm a movie fan. I went to cinemas to watch films. They're what I love. I love watching them at home just as much. VHS didn't kill TV. Streaming won't kill cinemas. It'll force them to adapt. And that's a good thing.