While the decision to move the upcoming Pixar film “Turning Red” to an exclusive release on Disney+ may be good for subscribers, it’s impacted morale at the beloved animation studio, according to Insider’s Jason Guerrasio.
A staff member at Pixar told Guerrasio, “It’s safe to say that we’re all feeling extremely disappointed. Until today, we all thought ‘Turning Red’ would be our return to the big screen, and everyone at the studio was so excited about it being this film in particular. It was quite a blow.”
Despite the disappointment, there also seemed to be an understanding behind the decision, as the Omicron variant of COVID-19 continues to run rampant, deterring many people from going to movie theaters at the moment. A second staffer added that the move came as a “shock,” but later noted, “[It] sucks, but I get it.” A third specifically noted Omicron as a reason why they’ve accepted this move: “With Omicron infections so high, I haven’t heard anyone say the decision to pivot to streaming is wrong.”
The last Pixar film to premiere exclusively in theaters was “Onward” in March 2020. Since then, “Soul” and “Luca” became Disney+ exclusives. As of the writing of this article, no decision has been announced to move “Lightyear,” the next film from Pixar, from its scheduled theatrical release beginning June 17.
“Turning Red” premieres on Disney+ on March 11.