Pixar has stopped standing still. The animation studio deepens its signature form and story in the magical coming-of-age cartoon Turning Red. This appeal to the target group has long been heard of.
Turning Red will captivate you with its flashy animations, sweet pastels, cute monsters and wise lessons about life. Yep, Pixar’s latest feat is another film for anyone who’s ever been young and still at heart.
In 2002 – the year that created a nostalgic shot in the hearts of those who were young at the time – thirteen-year-old Mei (Rosalie Chiang) was heading into adulthood. An overzealous high school student combines his energetic girlfriend and childhood obsession with an overprotective mother (Sandra Oh) whose word embarrassing is not in her dictionary. After the painful revelation of Mei’s fantasy about a boy running a convenience store, her emotions soar and the girl suddenly turns into a big red panda. Body changes force Mei to choose between those who only want the best: her friends or her mother.
Turning Red is an animation style revolution
Little Pixar connoisseurs – I think half of the world’s population – recognize the work of the Disney studio at a glance, while the technical side continues to evolve at an unprecedented pace. Since Luca appeared last year, Pixar has also dared to move from its distinctive drawing style. In Turning Red, that means a very stretchy character, made of plastic to be precise, and a widespread anime influence.
Every now and then, we see Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2022. The camera plays around a quirky lit city, Toronto in purple light, and layers of 2D artwork and surprisingly smooth textures make everything feel unexpected. . The form conjures with the viewer’s senses and humor, also opening the door to his feelings. And rest assured: feel abundant with teen urges to clash with your parents and that first menstrual period.
Turning Red is above all the first film. This is the first time a Pixar print has been directed by an Asian woman, Chinese-Canadian Domee Shi. For the first time, the film also features an all-female creative team, including screenwriter Julia Cho and producer Lindsey Collins. But more importantly, many teens will, hopefully, fully recognize themselves in a film for the first time.
Unfortunately, Turning Red isn’t the first Pixar in the last two years to get a wide theatrical release. After a brief visit to the Ostend Film Festival, the film was immediately released on Disney+ , just like Soul and Luca .