Pixar’s next film and half of their 2022 slate, Turning Red, will skip its theatrical release amid the Omicron surge and go straight to Disney+ instead, the studio announced today. The film is set to release on March 11.
This marks the third Pixar film to be affected by the ongoing COVID pandemic. Soul, which was initially to be released theatrically on June 19, 2020, was delayed until Christmas Day that year and was released exclusively on Disney+. A similar fate met Luca in the summer of 2021.
Domee Shi’s feature-length Pixar debut joins the throng of numerous other titles and functions delayed/altered by the Omicron surge, including the postponement of Sony’s Morbius to April 1, as well as the postponement of the Grammy Awards and Critics Choice Awards to later dates. In countries where Disney+ is not made available, a theatrical release will be planned. For many moviegoers who wished to see the film in theaters, however, Omicron had other plans.