For the third time in a row, the prominent animation studio will not release a film in theaters. Last week, it was announced that Net, Pixar Animation’s new adventure, will arrive directly to the Disney Plus catalog due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. Before, Soul Y Luca were the Pixar titles that were denied the big screen, as a result of the same health crisis. Certainly there was great expectation for Net It became an exception, but with the increase in infections by the Omicrón variant, sadly it was not.
Days after the announcement, Insider posted a handful of statements awarded to Pixar employees, who evidently preferred to remain anonymous.
«Until today, we all thought that Net it would be our return to the big screen. And everyone in the studio was very excited that it was this particular movie, ”one of the sources commented. “It was quite a blow.”
Another Pixar member stressed that “It’s safe to say we are extremely disappointed”. And is not for less. The movie Net It would have meant the studio’s great return to the big screen, after two years of absence. His last title on the billboard was United —Released in February 2020 — which portrays the fun and emotional journey of two brothers in a world of fantastic and mythological creatures. Unfortunately, it was a tremendous box office failure, in part because its commercial run coincided with the closing of cinemas.
«It was a shock. And it sucks. But I understand it”, commented to Insider another Pixar worker, who apparently acknowledges that the delicate global situation justifies Disney‘s decision. A colleague of his even guaranteed not to be aware of people who rant against digital platforms, with a very current pandemic. “With Omicron infections so high, I have not heard anyone say that the decision to move to streaming be bad “, he specified.
On the other hand, the exclusive debut of Net in Disney Plus it is also due to the company’s interest in its subscribers. Kareem daniel, president of Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution, argued in a statement (via) that Soul Y Luca were “greeted with enthusiasm” from the server of video on demand, without the need to arrive at cinemas. Consequently, Pixar’s latest production is expected to boast a similar reception.
“Given the lag in box office recovery, particularly for family movies, flexibility remains at the core of our distribution decisions as we prioritize delivering the unrivaled content of The Walt Disney Company to audiences around the world. », Added the executive.
Interestingly, while the House of the Mouse celebrates Pixar’s exclusive performance on its platform, the health crisis has not prevented Disney Animation films (understand Charm Y Raya and the last dragon) have a presence on the big screen.
Net tells the story of Mei Lee, a 13-year-old girl who balances between being an obedient daughter and a chaotic teenager. And to top it all, every time she gets overly excited, she turns into a giant red panda. This animated film is directed by Domee Shi, a newcomer filmmaker who presented in 2018 Beam, an Oscar-winning Pixar short film.
The premiere of Net is scheduled for the March 11, 2022, through Disney Plus.
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