The worry of a controlling mother and the basic demands of life take a suitably mystical turn in Pixar’s latest film. Mei Lee is an ordinary 13-year-old girl attempting to pass math class one minute, and then she transforms into a massive red panda striding through the streets of Canada the next.
Domee Shi, who won the 2018 Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film for Bao, another narrative about child-parent conflict, makes her feature directorial debut with Turning Red. Rosalie Chiang plays Mei, and Sandra Oh plays Ming, Mei Lee’s devoted, if not slightly domineering mother, who is seldom far from her daughter—an awful reality for the adolescent.
Pixar’s new feature was first announced at the Disney Investors Call for 2020, alongside new titles such as Lightyear, the “true” story of the “true” Buzz Lightyear, as well as episodic projects for Disney Plus based on the Up and Cars films.
Turning Red, unlike the studio’s previous two pictures, Soul and Luca, will be released in theatres immediately. The date for the teen Animorphs excursion has been scheduled for March 11, 2022.