The first time Disney+ made a new Pixar movie that had never played in theaters, it felt like a badly needed pandemic holiday gift, and the streaming-only release of Soul certainly didn’t stop it from winning the Oscar for Best Animated Feature. But when Lucas went straight to streaming the following summer, it was kind of an insult, especially after Raya and the last dragon had received a full theatrical release, and more so when a Disney investor call revealed Pixar’s next release –turn redcoming to Disney+ the 11th of March– did the same thing. Was Disney rebranding Pixar movies as unworthy of theatrical play?
Why does Disney release movies for streaming instead of theatrically?
Turns out they were just working from a dataset that we weren’t aware of at the time. Since statistics from the audience tracking company Nielson showed Lucas has been the most streamed movie of 2021it seems Pixar movies are a lot Continued valuable to the business as a key draw for the Disney+ service – because why have someone give you money once for tickets (and give half to theater owners) when you can convince them to pay a monthly fee to watch your content forever?
Personally, I miss the fun of trying not to openly cry in front of strangers while watching the latest Pixar in a theater, but also, I love not having to go through a Herculean effort to get my kids to the theater for the privilege of pay $16 per ticket, so maybe it’s a good plan after all. And at least we can all agree on what to watch the day the adorable movie about the little girl who can’t stop transforming into an even more adorable giant red panda drops on Disney+.
In other stories of people turning uncontrollably into things, the month will also (barely) see the launch of moon knight (March 30), the next Marvel TV series. Oscar Isaac enters the MCU as a soldier for hire who, through comic book shenanigans, becomes host to an ancient Egyptian god whose spirit transforms him into a vigilante antihero. The teaser promises a harder edge than Loki Where Hawk Eye, with more violence and a plot that relies on the eventual dissociative disorder of the protagonist’s identity. Why am I telling you this? You already know if you’re going to watch it.
Here’s everything you can expect on Disney+ in March, including the streaming premiere of Steven Spielberg’s critically adored, Oscar-nominated, and audience-ignored remake. West Side Story (March 2) and a documentary on the making of Olivia Rodrigo’s debut album, ACID (March 25).
Disney Plus series with new episodes airing weekly in March 2022
- moon knight (Premieres March 30)
- The proud family: stronger and prouder
- Puzzle games: on the road (S1)
- broken karaoke (S1, 5 episodes)
- Mickey Mouse playhouse (S1, 4 episodes)
- West Side Story
- turn red — Disney/Pixar movie premiere
- Kiss the panda: turn red
- Big City Greens (S3, 5 episodes)
- The miraculous tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir (S4, 6 episodes)
- Muppet Babies (S3, 2 episodes)
- Spidey and his amazing friends (S1, 5 episodes)
- Cheaper by the dozen – Disney+ Original movie premiere
- More than robots
- Doc McStuffins (Shorts) (S1)
- Documentation files (S1)
- ParallelsSeason 1 — Disney+Original Series Premiere
- OLIVIA RODRIGO: drive home 2 u — Premiere of the Disney+ Original documentary
- Mickey Mouse’s Wonderful Spring
- I Cavalieri di Castelcorvo (S1)