The Walt Disney Company announced today that it will withhold Pixar’s Turning Red from release in Russia due to the country’s invasion of Ukraine.
A Disney spokesperson offered the following statement on the company’s decision to pause theatrical releases in Russia:
Given the unprovoked invasion of Ukraine and the tragic humanitarian crisis, we are pausing the release of theatrical films in Russia, including the upcoming Turning Red from Pixar. We will make future business decisions based on the evolving situation. In the meantime, given the scale of the emerging refugee crisis, we are working with our NGO partners to provide urgent aid and other humanitarian assistance to refugees.
Disney became the first U.S. studio to pause its theatrical releases in Russia, but Warner Bros. and Sony quickly followed suit this evening and announced that they would halt the Russian releases of The Batman and Morbius, respectively.