Since the pandemic and the closing of theaters, many studios have moved their highly anticipated releases to the small screen. Audiences have enjoyed these big-budget flicks from the comfort of their own homes, even if they’re not receiving the typical theatrical experience. Disney has capitalized on this practice by sending their new content-whether it be a live-action or animated film right to Disney+ where viewers can enjoy some Disney magic right in their living rooms-for $30 extra of course. Films like Cruella, Raya and The Last Dragon, and Black Widow were all released on Disney+(and in theaters as well) and required an additional “premiere” fee that angered many fans. Disney+ subscribers argued that they were not getting their money’s worth because of the excessive amount of remakes and the overall decrease in quality in contrast to their original animated films.
Disney however, decided to release Pixar’s films on Disney+ for no additional cost and allowed regular Disney+ subscribers to enjoy new Pixar shorts and feature-length films instead of a theatrical release. Pixar’s Soul and Luca were released on Disney+ and still received a massive amount of critical acclaim from viewers with Soul winning best-animated feature among other awards. This year, Pixar has just announced that it’s new feature Turning Red will be released on Disney+ as well instead of theaters. Turning Red follows Meilin Lee. A 13-year-old girl whose family’s ancestral connection with red pandas transforms her into one whenever she shows strong emotion. The film features Grey’s Anatomy and Killing Eve star Sandra Oh as Meilin’s mother, as well as Maitreyi Ramakrishnan of Netflix’s Never, Have I Ever playing Priya, Meilin’s friend, and Pixar’s first Indian character in a feature film.