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Pixar decided to forgo Turning Red‘s theatrical release last year due to the Omicron variant, instead sending the film straight to streaming on Disney+ after a one-week screening for Los Angeles moviegoers at the Disney-owned El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood.
The movie has been nominated for an Oscar for best animated film, where it will compete against Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio, Marcel the Shell With Shoes On, Puss in Boots: The Last Wish and The Sea Beast. (The Pixar title was also up for best animated picture at the 2023 Golden Globes.)
Directed by Chinese-Canadian filmmaker Domee Shi (who won an Oscar for her animated short, Bao), the coming-of-age movie follows 13-year-old Meilin Lee (voiced by Rosalie Chiang), who has a close relationship with her mother Ming (Sandra Oh) and father Jin (Orion Lee). The dutiful daughter is too preoccupied with tending to her family’s ancestral temple to hang out with her tween friends — but her adolescent life changes when she discovers that she transforms into a giant red panda if she gets excited.
Turning Red boasts the first all-female creative leadership team in Pixar’s history. Co-writer Julia Cho told The Hollywood Reporter at the film’s Los Angeles premiere, “We’re treating girlhood as complex and as authentically as we treat so many stories of boyhood that are already in the culture. For me, I think what I really love is seeing older men being like, ‘I love this movie because of my daughter.’ There’s something in there for all of us.”
How to Watch Turning Red Online
Pixar’s Turning Red can be streamed online exclusively on Disney+, which costs $8 per month for the ad-supported Basic plan or $11 monthly for the ad-free Premium tier. Both subscriptions include access to all of Pixar’s full-length and short films, Marvel and Star Wars franchises, National Geographic shows, Disney classics and much more. Subscribers can also host virtual movie nights with friends using GroupWatch, stream content on up to four devices and enjoy select titles in 4K Ultra HD and Dolby Atmos.
Those who want to add more movies, TV series and sports to their package can opt for one of three Disney bundles. The Duo Basic includes Disney+ and Hulu with ads for $10 per month, or you can add live sports to the plan with ESPN+ as part of the Trio Basic for $13 monthly with ads. The Trio Premium bundle includes all three streaming services, and with no ads on Disney+ and Hulu, for $20 per month. All tiers offer Hulu original content (such as the Emmy-winning The Handmaid’s Tale and Nine Perfect Strangers) accessible on compatible tablets, smartphones and TVs.
And if you want to completely cut the cord, there’s also a Hulu with Live TV package ($70 per month with ads or $83 monthly without ads) that comes with Disney+ and ESPN+. That plan includes more than 75 sports, news and entertainment channels (such as ABC, CBS, NBC and others) and the option to add on HBO Max, Showtime, Starz and more. You can also watch content without ads, record up to 50 hours of Iive TV and download Hulu content for offline watching.
Although Disney+ doesn’t offer a trial period, there’s one way to watch Turning Red online for free. If you’re a new or current eligible Verizon customer, you can get Disney+ for free with select Unlimited plans. Learn more at Verizon here.
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