Following in the footsteps of other studios, Disney has decided to release Pixar’s newest film Onward on digital platforms tonight, March 20.
Onward will be available for purchase for $19.99 beginning at 8 PM ET this evening, meaning parents and kids can tune in for a home movie night with the latest animated release.
The studio announced that it will likewise release the Pixar film on its streaming platform Disney+ on Tuesday, April 3.
“While we’re looking forward to audiences enjoying our films on the big screen again soon, given the current circumstances, we are pleased to release this fun, adventurous film to digital platforms early for audiences to enjoy from the comfort of their homes,” Onward director Dan Scanlon said in a statement.
Though multiple studios worldwide have begun releasing their films earlier than anticipated to video-on-demand, this particular news is significant given that Onward was only released in theaters two weeks ago.
However, since its theatrical release, the COVID-19 pandemic has continued its spread around the world, prompting all major movie theaters to shutter their doors and leading to multiple states and counties announcing official stay-at-home orders.
Onward joins Universal’s Emma and The Invisible Man, Warner Bros. Birds of Prey and The Way Back, and Sony’s Bloodshot as current theatrical releases heading to video-on-demand platforms early. Disney has also released Frozen 2 on Disney+ three months early.
Disney is a studio that has been heavily impacted so far by the spread of the coronavirus. They have already delayed the release of their live-action Mulan adaptation and, earlier this week, announced that they have decided to postpone the releases of several upcoming movies including the long-gestating New Mutants and Black Widow.
Though they were said to have been looking at theatrical release dates later in the year, they may be forced to instead give the movies a digital release.