Pixar Film Fest

Pixar is bringing 'Soul', 'Turning Red' and 'Luca' to cinemas Down Under for the first time.
Sarah Ward
February 16, 2024

Overview

In the pandemic's early days, Disney skipped cinema releases for three films — SoulLuca and Turning Red — due to lockdowns, restrictions, and picture palaces either temporarily closing or having capacity limits. Instead, all three movies went straight to streaming platform Disney+.

Wish you'd gotten a silver-screen experience while viewing this trio — or any one of them? Enter the new Pixar Film Fest to give you that chance. From Thursday, February 22–Wednesday, March 13, for a week apiece at various locations around Auckland, it's debuting SoulLuca and Turning Red in cinemas for the first time Down Under.

Oscar-winner Soul sports a premise that resembles Inside Out, which has a sequel arriving on the big screen in 2024. Instead of emotions having emotions, souls do. Rather than Amy Poehler (Moxie) doing voice work, Tina Fey (Mean Girls) does. And director Peter Docter (Up) helmed them both. But Soul is definitely its own feature — and takes quite the existential trip as it follows aspiring jazz musician-turned-music teacher Joe (Jamie Foxx, The Burial) after an accident where his soul leaves his body.It's releasing in cinemas from Thursday, February 22–Wednesday, February 28.

Next up is Turning Red, which'll get projectors whirring from Thursday, February 29–Wednesday, March 6. The setup: what'd happen if the Hulk was a teenage girl, but became a super-cute red panda? Or, finding a different riff on the ol' werewolf situation, what if emotions rather than full moons inspired a case of not-quite-lycanthropy?

Rounding out the lineup is Luca, which is similarly about transformation. This one takes place in Italy over a gorgeous summer, also spins a coming-of-age tale and nods to Frankenstein as well. Here, teenage sea monsters Luca (Jacob Tremblay, Orion and the Dark) and Alberto (Jack Dylan Grazer, Shazam! Fury of the Gods) just want to fit in, but know that the village they decide to call home wouldn't accept them if they don't take on human form. Cinemagoers can catch it from Thursday, March 7–Wednesday, March 13.

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