Turning Red: Disney Plus release date of new Pixar movie, is it coming to cinemas - and UK trailer

Turning Red is the newest release for Pixar Animation Studios - the coming-of-age tale is due to be released on Disney Plus this spring.

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This is everything film fans need to know about the upcoming release of Pixar’s new film.

What is Turning Red about - what does the trailer tell us about the film?

Meilin (Mei) Lee is a 13 year old who is struggling with her teenage emotions.

But unlike the rest of her classmates, when she gets mad she doesn’t just go red, she turns into a giant panda.

 Sandra Oh and  Rosalie Chiang star in Turning Red.  Sandra Oh and  Rosalie Chiang star in Turning Red.
Sandra Oh and Rosalie Chiang star in Turning Red.

The only way to shift back into her human form is to calm down - something Mei has trouble doing thanks to her battle with anxiety.

The film follows Mei as she discovers her family’s heritage and finds hope that she may be able to reverse the curse.

It is a light-hearted film filled with humorous moments, but it also takes a serious look at children’s mental health and the pressures young adults face in their lives.

The film is set in Toronto in the early 2000s, which means it includes a good amount of nostalgia through throwback music and fashion.

Turning Red is the first Pixar film to be solely directed by a woman - Domee Shi.

Who stars in Pixars’s Turning Red?

The voice cast for Turning Red stars Rosalie Chiang (Soiled, The Interns) as Mei - a teenager grappling with the mysterious curse that has been passed down to her by ancestors.

Sandra Oh (Killing Eve, Grey’s Anatomy) is the voice of Mei’s mother, Ming, who is an overbearing parent deeply worried about her child’s new shape shifting condition.

Other notable voice actors include Ava Morse (Ron’s Gone Wrong, Bride to Be) as Miriam, Maitreyi Ramakrishnan (Never Have I Ever, Acting for a Cause) as Priya and Hyein Park (Soul, Toy Story 4) as Abby.

When will Turning Red be available to watch on Disney Plus?

The animated Pixar film will be released on Disney Plus on 11 March 2022.

Will Turning Red be in UK cinemas?

Film fans may be disappointed to learn that Turning Red will only get a limited run at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood.

When the film was being made between 2017 and 2022 it was planned that the movie would be shown on screens worldwide.

But due to the Covid-19pandemic it will only be shown in theatres in countries that do not have access to Disney Plus.

In a statement about the decision, Kareem Daniel, president of Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution, said: “It is due to the delay in the recovery of family films in theatres caused by the ongoing pandemic.”

This is not the first Pixar film to go straight to Disney Plus and skip the cinema run due to the global pandemic.

Recent films Soul and Luca both launched without the traditional theatre experience and premiered exclusively on the streaming service.

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