Metaphor about menstruation
When you pay attention to how Mei becomes so emotional, it seems you must have guessed that this transformation is a matter of menstruation in women. Uniquely, it is said that the Ming lineage inherited a curse from their ancestors that caused them to turn into giant red pandas whenever they were hit by anger.
The concept of a curse or blessing from the ancestors really describes the real life of the people of Chinese descent. Often, unfortunate events are attributed to ancestors. Not to mention, about how Mei’s grandmother, mother, and aunts really make sure how they ‘don’t mess around’ with this concept of descent.
No wonder Ming became really protective of Mei. The monitoring is no longer just Mei’s test scores, but how Mei acts. Mei turns into a red panda when her emotions are unstable.
Ming really made sure that the red panda was not manifested in public. A family disgrace to him. Of course, the problem of an overprotective mother makes this film more relatable to the teenagers.
Talk about desire with a more friendly discussion
Coming from an Asian family who later lived in Toronto so a unique collision in Turning Red. Can you imagine, Mei, who was taught to be dignified, has a passionate ‘slang’ side.
He and his best friend; Miriam (Ava Morse), Abby (Hyein Park), and Priya (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan) really want to watch 4☆Town. I think the director, Domee Shi wants to bring us back to the boyband era. Make the millennial generation relate to the story.
As a teenager, Mei and her friends have a passionate romance. Besides the 4☆Town members, the four of them also like to gossip about hot boys. When, Mei has to struggle with the curse of the red panda, her attraction to the boy grows.
When you watch how this compact gang faces their teenage years, you will definitely feel that this film is talking about puberty. The desire of teenage girls is successfully described in a subtle and subtle way. Of course, this makes Turning Red a fun spectacle as well as pubertal education in such a fun way.
As a side note, this is the first time Pixar has made an animated film with a female director. Domee Shi executes it brilliantly, so this film feels like answering the concerns of teenage girls.
Going against family expectations to be yourself
This film also tells about the support system support in dealing with family expectations. Mei, who suddenly turned into a red panda, actually received support from her closest friends. Meanwhile, Ming doesn’t like the presence of Mei’s friends who are thought to be a bad influence.
Unknowingly, Mei’s best friend becomes Mei’s emotional calmer. Several times he was able to keep the red panda from appearing when close to him. Mei decides to go to the 4☆Town concert with her friends. Of course, Ming and some of his best friends’ parents balked.
In the end, Mei used the red panda to make a profit so she could buy tickets. Unbeknownst to Ming, Mei fell in love with the red panda’s presence. Meanwhile Ming, grandmother, and Mei’s aunts are waiting for the right time for the ritual to ‘lock up’ the red panda. Unfortunately, it was close to the concert.
The ending part of this film really makes us confused. This film talks about how a person finds his identity and fights for it in front of his family. We’ve all been children, and by watching Turning Red, our memories will travel in such a way. I think this is an enjoyable viewing experience.