The upcoming animated film follows Mei Lee (Rosalie Chiang), a thirteen-year-old girl who transforms into a giant red panda whenever she gets too excited. The trailer opens at Mei’s school, Lester B. Pearson Middle, where her class is about to learn the quadratic equation.
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Before their studies can commence, a commotion is noticed just outside the classroom window. Mei’s overprotective mother, Ming Lee, is then seen engaging the school’s security guard in an argument. The extremely talented Sandra Oh (The Chair, Killing Eve, Invincible) voices the fashionable and brash Ming Lee.
TURNING RED FEATURES A GIANT RED ANTHROPOMORPHIC PANDA
The stress of the kerfuffle brings us to a slow-motion transformation sequence. True to form, when the silky pink clouds dissipate, a magnificently detailed Mei stands tall as a massive red panda. The animation is classic Pixar, and if the trailer is any indication, Turning Red will look just as immaculate as most Pixar offerings.
After transforming, Mei flees the school, bounding across rooftops in an attempt to escape her embarrassment and her mother. Ming is apparently not so easily deterred, as she continues to chase her daughter on foot from the streets below. The hilarious chase sequence is set to The Backstreet Boys’ hit single, Larger Than Life, which fits perfectly for a multitude of reasons.
TURNING RED IS SET TO RELEASE IN THE SPRING OF 2022
Turning Red is the feature directorial debut of Domee Shi, and is currently set to arrive in theaters on March 11, 2022. Shi has spent her film career with Pixar, starting out as a story artist on The Good Dinosaur. After working as a member of the senior creative team for Onward, Soul, Luca, Toy Story 4, Shi’s directorial work was brought to the public with the award winning short film, Bao.
Pixar’s success in animation is unrivaled, and their recent releases have been no exception. Onward, Soul, and Luca all received the critical praise that movie fans have come to expect from the company’s offerings. Bringing a lycanthropic twist to their trademark style of filmmaking is sure to draw a sizable crowd when opening weekend arrives in March. After all, who wouldn’t want to watch a red teenage were-panda lead a Pixar movie?
The trailer for Turning Red promises a fun, goofy, and wholly unique project from the beloved Pixar. Let us know what you thought of the trailer in the comments below or on our social media!
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