This movie missed a perfect opportunity to use the Pixar Disney castle logo used from 1995 to 2007 since this movie takes place in 2002. Pixar’s Turning Red is written and directed by Domee Shi who also wrote and directed the Academy Award winning Pixar short Bao. Turning Red is about a 13-year-old Chinese Canadian girl named Mei Lee who can turn into a red panda whenever she feels strong emotions.
I think Mei Lee is a very likable protagonist. The movie focuses a lot on the relationship between her and her mother. I do like that they have a flawed but still nice relationship. I also really enjoyed Mei Lee’s friends. Each one has unique character designs, ethnicities and personalities and work off each other wonderfully. There is sort of a liar revealed bit that involved Mei lying to Mom and using her red panda abilities to raise money for a concert. While not as bad as A Bug’s Life it still leads to a scene where Mei Lee throws her friends under the bus.
The animation in Turning Red is really good and practically has the same style as Domee Shi’s short Bao. This film has more unique character designs compared to other Pixar movies much like how Luca also has unique character designs. What really stood out to me in terms of animation were the facial expressions. I heard the animation was inspired by anime and it really shows. I also really liked the comedy in this movie. The wide-eyed facial expressions, fast paced jokes make this one of the funniest movies Pixar has done.
Again, like Luca last year I’m really glad Pixar has been giving new animators who proven there protentional through shorts opportunities to write and direct movies. I’m really exited to see who will be given that opportunity again in the future. Turning Red is one of the more fun outings in Pixar while also being heartwarming and hilarious.
+Mei Lee and her friends
+Mei Lee and her mother
-Liar revealed cliche