First planned for cinemas, the new Pixar film, “Red Alert”, will finally be released on Disney+. A decision that causes great frustration on the side of the employees of the animation studio.
After Soul and Luca, Red Alert joins the list of Pixar films deprived of cinemas. Initially scheduled for March 30, the feature film will be available on the Disney+ platform on March 11, in the United States and in France.
There is no doubt that the pandemic and the arrival of variants played a decisive role in this change of strategy. Nevertheless, the employees of the animation studio expressed their “great disappointment” following this announcement.
In remarks reported by the American media Insider, an unnamed Pixar source explains, “Until now we thought thatRed alert would sign our great return to the cinema and everyone was eager to discover the film. It’s a hell of a blow.”
Other employees understand the decision for safety reasons, but cannot help but express their disappointment with the situation. It’s been almost two years since any Pixar film has had the right to a theatrical release. The latest dates back to En avant, released on March 4, 2020, ten days before the first confinement in France. With its resumption date, June 22, 2020, the film had attracted just over 900,000 spectators.
Pixar: the film Red Alert will not be released in theaters
Another Pixar film, still scheduled for 2022, could change the situation: Buzz Lightyear, expected in France for June 22. This new feature film, which follows the adventures of the hero of Toy Story, is an identity strong enough to push Disney to preserve a cinema release, if the health situation allows it.
As a reminder, Encanto, the very last film from the studios – which is therefore not a Pixar production – turned out to be a great success, especially in France where it attracted more than 2,500,000 spectators in theaters.