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Disney/Pixar’s ‘Turning Red’ to Premiere in Theaters

Ever since the pandemic hit last year, The Walt Disney Company had to make major changes to its release schedule and made the decision to release a number of its Pixar films on Disney+ such as Onward, Soul and most recently Luca.  Now, it seems the studio is planning to “go back to normal” and release its upcoming films in movie theaters again beginning with “Turning Red.”

According to Insider, sources familiar with the movie’s production, who agreed to speak on the condition of anonymity, exclusively told the outlet, “The studio’s hope is we go back to normal with ‘Turning Red.'”  They also noted that the safety of theatergoers is the biggest concern.

Recently, there were wide reports that many Pixar staff members felt saddened and frustrated with the decision that their recent movies didn’t get theatrical releases.  The movie would mark the first time since the pandemic hit for a Pixar movie to get a traditional release.

”Turning Red” introduces Mei Lee, a confident, dorky 13-year-old torn between staying her mother’s dutiful daughter and the chaos of adolescence. And as if changes to her interests, relationships and body weren’t enough, whenever she gets too excited (which for a teenager is practically ALWAYS), she “poofs” into a giant red panda!

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

Pixar’s newest feature is currently set for a March 11, 2022 release.  Pixar also has plans to release “Lightyear,” the origin story of Buzz Lightyear, in June 2022.

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