The reason, according to the company, is Russia’s aggression against Ukraine.
The Walt Disney Company is suspending the releases of all its films in Russian cinemas in protest against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The corresponding statement was published on the company’s website.
“Given the unprovoked invasion of Ukraine and the tragic humanitarian crisis, we are suspending the screening of films in Russian cinemas, including the upcoming film “Turning Red” from Pixar studio,” the company’s representative said in a statement. “We will make subsequent business decisions depending on the development of the situation. Meanwhile, given the scale of the refugee crisis, we are working with our partners from among public organizations to provide urgent assistance and other humanitarian support to refugees.”
Recall, according to the UN, more than half a million people have left Ukraine since the beginning of the Russian invasion.
Disney became the first major distributor to suspend the distribution of films in Russia. The corporation includes Pixar animation studio, Marvel film Studio, which owns the superhero film franchise of the same name, 20th Century Studios, Searchlight Pictures, as well as Lucasfilm studio, which creates films from the Star Wars universe.