A scene from Turning Red, an animated film produced by Pixar and set in Canada © Disney/Pixar
The Walt Disney Company said it would be “pausing” the release of its films to Russian cinemas, citing the invasion of Ukraine, while WarnerMedia’s The Batman will not open in the country this week as planned.
The first Disney movie affected would be Turning Red, an animated film produced by Pixar and set in Canada. It had been scheduled to open on March 10.
WarnerMedia said it would monitor the situation as it waits for “a peaceful resolution to this tragedy”.
The Motion Picture Association, the US trade group representing the major Hollywood studios and Netflix, issued a statement condemning the Russian invasion.
“We express our strongest support for Ukraine’s vibrant creative community who, like all people, deserve to live and work peacefully,” it said.
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