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Turning Red (2022)

Thirteen-year-old Mei is experiencing the awkwardness of being a teenager with a twist – when she gets too excited, she transforms into a giant red panda.
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Leon Morgan
April 10, 2022
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The Shameful Criticisms of 'Turning Red'

Pixar has been a household name for decades thanks to their timeless animated films that offer a genuine and wholesome family experience and oftentimes a universal message that any living, breathing human being can relate to and Turning Red is no exception - or at least I didn't think it was. I expected Turning Red to receive the praise most Pixar films are accustomed to at this point, if not more, as I genuinely think this is one of the best Pixar offerings in the last decade, which you can read our review of here. It's uniquely stylized with lovable characters and is utterly hilarious, but apparently, since its releasesome have decided that they no longer want to be considered living, breathing humans as some of the arguments I've seen could not possibly have been thought of and believed by an actual person, suggesting that the film "promotes rebellion", or stating it "glorifies finding yourself" as if that's a bad thing, and the most egregious of which... 'it's not relatable'. Take Youtuber Sean Chandlers' video review for example, in which he claims Turning Red is a "specific, targeted film" and states it's very "alienating". I for one cannot see a valid angle in an argument like this when just moments prior to this claim, he raves about how Pixar has always had "deep, rich, human emotions", yet is somehow unable to find them in this film. Chandler does go on to make a couple of respectable points, but when it comes to this specific talking point and the term 'alienating', I'm sorry, but that argument holds no water. There is also
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Bonnie Mukherjee
March 13, 2022
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Disney Pixar's "Turning Red" - Mei as a Red Panda Learns Acceptance

Disney/Pixar's new animated movie, Turning Red, brings a lot of diversity for young girls and audiences of all types. The movie centers around Meilin "Mei" Lee, a 13-year-old Chinese Canadian teenager, who experiences the awkwardness and challenges of adolescence. Though she loves spending time with her friends and classmates, she is horrified one morning when she turns into a giant red panda. The movie also explores the theme of acceptance within yourself and with peers. This article will discuss why Turning Red delivers diversity among audiences. Mei Lee is a young girl of Chinese descent. Her family is also Asian, as well as two of her best friends - Priya (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan from Never Have I Ever) and Abby (Hyeinn Park). The voice actors who play the lead roles are of Asian descent (Rosalie Chiang and Sandra Oh), making this a diverse cast. In addition, Domee Shi is the first Chinese woman to solely direct a Pixar movie, which brings strong diversity behind the camera (Shi also directed Pixar short film Bao). The concept of Mei Lee turning into a giant red panda time and time again - hence the movie title, Turning Red - is influenced by red pandas in real life, which are found mainly in China. Another key concept is how the family's ancestors have a shared history with the species, which ties in with the representation of Asian women in this film. Additionally, if viewers look closely, they will notice that Mei Lee's house contains candles and her family's ancestors' portraits on the walls, embracing Chinese culture. When Mei learns to calm herself down, she poofs back into her normal self, with her hair turning red as a side effect. Throughout the film, Mei learns to deal with the strong emotions that come with puberty.
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Thirteen-year-old Mei is experiencing the awkwardness of being a teenager with a twist – when she gets too excited, she transforms into a giant red panda.

Rating:PG
Genre:Animation, Family, Comedy, Fantasy
Directed By:Domee Shi
Written By:Julia Cho, Domee Shi
In Theaters:3/1/2022
Box Office:$18,879,922
Runtime:100 minutes
Studio:Walt Disney Pictures, Pixar

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