Disney Pauses Film Releases in Russia Over Ukraine Invasion

Disney has paused the release of its theatrical films in Russia over the country’s invasion on Ukraine.

“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,” Disney announced in a statement on Feb. 28.

“We will make future business decisions based on the evolving situation,” the Hollywood movie studio further said.

Disney added that they were working with their non-governmental organization partners “to provide urgent aid and other humanitarian assistance to refugees.”

‘Turning Red’ was set to release in Russia on March 10.

Other films that were set to release in Russia in the coming months include Marvel’s “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness” on May 5 and Pixar’s “Lightyear” on June 16.

A few hours after Disney’s announcement, WarnerMedia announced that it has paused the release of “The Batman” in Russia “in light of the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine.”

“We will continue to monitor the situation as it evolves. We hope for a swift and peaceful resolution to this tragedy,” a WarnerMedia spokesperson said in a statement.

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