The story of this Disney Pixar animated movie is about Mei Lee (Rosalie Chiang) who is a confident, thirteen-year-old geek. Since she became a teenager, she is torn between being her mother’s dutiful daughter and dealing with the chaotic experience of adolescence. And like most teenagers, Mei Lee wants her mother to stay out of her way. But her protective mother, Ming (Sandra Oh), is always there. A nightmare for a teenager, right? Just when she begins to understand her body changes as well as her change in interests, relationships, and so on, something weird thing starts happening to her. She turns into a giant red panda! Why and what happens next is something you need to see for yourself.
Why should you watch Turning Red?
Turning Red, the newest animated movie from Disney and Pixar, is a perfect attempt to exemplify the daunting experiences that every boy and girl faces during their teenage years.
As mentioned earlier, the main character of this story is Mei Lee, who is a teenage girl confused between being her mother's dutiful daughter and navigating school life with her best friends. Domee Shi's film delivers an authentically feminine narrative with courageous writing, outstanding animation, and powerful female-led performances that emphasise representation. Turning Red is a must-see for many reasons, including its honest celebration of women amongst moms, daughters, and female friendships, as well as its great visuals and inclusivity. In the movie, we see how Mei gets overwhelmed with the recent bodily changes she has to face. Also, the fact that her mother is always there to check up on her, irritates her to the fullest. This shows that Turning Red puts extra light on the basics of adolescence. It openly discusses obvious issues that are still not normalised in society.
The premise of the movie is based in Toronto and it highlights the daily lives of the immigrants in Canada. The movie cleverly leverages a multi-ethnic metropolitan environment to push its storyline forward through the cuisine, architecture, and attitudes of the storyline in concern. From Mei and Ming's different hair colours to tiny cameos like a school guard who is Sikh born along with the holiday red lantern decorations in Toronto's Chinatown. Making t easy for the audiences in Asia to recognise.
Turning Red is the first-ever Disney and Pixar project that has an entirely female creative team. This includes a VFX supervisor, female director, production designer and producer. Written by Julia Cho and Domee Shi, the actors and actresses who lend their voices in the movies are Sandra Oh, Rosalie Chiang, Ava Morse, Orion Lee, Wai Ching Ho, Hyein Park, and James Long. Disney and Pixar animations not only capture children’s attention but their movies are loved by every age group. And Turning Red is not an exception. This movie will benefit both parents and budding teens who are coping with puberty. This film stands out for its positivity, and lauding difficult events, along with the feelings that will be resonated with everyone.
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