Turning Red: the trailer for the new Disney Pixar movie

Turning Red: the trailer for the new Disney Pixar movie

Turning Red

Turning Red is the new Disney Pixar film, announced in December on the occasion of Disney's Investor Day. The new animated film, which follows Luca, released last June 16 on the Disney + streaming platform (and of which you can read our review of Enrico Casarosa's film here), will be directed by Domee Shi, winner in 2018 of an Oscar for the his short Bao.

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Turning Red: the trailer for the new Disney Pixar movie

Below is the trailer:

Turning Red stars little Mei Lee, thirteen year old in full growth who all the times it gets agitated for some reason it turns into a giant red panda. The American voice of Mei Lee will be Rosalie Chiang, while Sandra Oh will be the overprotective mother of the protagonist. As you can guess from the subtitle of the poster ("Growing up is a beast", "growing up is a beast") the film could be focused on the difficulties and criticalities that a teenager can face when growing up, even in relationships with friends the family.

Turning Red will be released on March 11, 2022; Disney has indicated its intention to return to theaters with this film, but there is still no official communication about it. Unless the pandemic conditions improve, it is therefore not known if the film will also arrive in theaters or only on Disney + and, in this case, if it will be free like the previous Luca and Soul, or if it will be necessary to buy VIP access as instead it was for Raya and the Last Dragon, released for a fee first on March 5, 2020 in full lockdown and then for free in October of the same year.

It is also possible that Disney decides to repeat the Black Widow experiment, released in theaters on July 7 and two days later on Disney + (for a fee); a choice that paid off, given the considerable revenue that the new Marvel film has recorded since its purchase on the platform in the first weekend after its release.

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Mei Lee is an ordinary 13-year-old in the first trailer for Turning Red, the next film from Pixar — unless she gets stressed out or overexcited. Then she turns into a gigantic talking red panda in a massive explosion of pink smoke, not unlike an adorable version of The Incredible Hulk.

Adding to the problem is Mei’s (Rosalie Chiang) overprotective mother, Ming (voiced by Sandra Oh), who’s seen in the trailer sneaking to watch over her at school, causing an altercation with a security guard that leads to one of Mei’s panda-sized incidents.

While the initial teaser doesn’t offer too many details on what sort of misadventures Mei will have (as both a teenager and a giant panda), it does bear the distinction of being the first full-length animated Disney film to be definitively set in Canada.

Turning Red is also the first feature-length film from director and writer Domee Shi, who had previously worked for years as a storyboard artist at Pixar before stepping into the spotlight with her Oscar-winning short Bao in 2018.

Turning Red is set to hit theaters on March 11th, 2022, and like the recently teased Encanto (coming from Walt Disney Animation Studios), it represents a restored faith in Disney that families, in particular, will be returning to theaters soon. The company had previously moved its last year and a half’s worth of animated films — including Luca, Soul, and Raya and the Last Dragon — to either exclusive or hybrid releases on Disney Plus due to the shuttering of theaters during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.