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The Turning Red Trailer Shows Us How Hairy Being A Teenager Can Be

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BY July 16, 2021

Being a teenager is hard. Hormones, cliques, and crushes can make middle school a struggle for anyone, but for one 13-year-old, it’s especially hairy. Literally. Pixar recently released their Turning Red trailer, which introduces us to Mei Lee, a seemingly normal Canadian teenager who turns into an adorable red panda anytime she gets overly excited or emotional. It’s like the Hulk, only pink and adorable!

Asian American Representation For The Win

Turning Red represents a couple of firsts for Disney and Pixar. Let’s start with the fact that it’s the first feature film from Pixar to be directed by a woman of Asian descent. Chinese-Canadian director Domee Shi helmed the direction of the Oscar-winning animated short, Bao, which was praised for its positive representation of Asian American immigrant communities and the small cultural nuances that resonated with Asian viewers, so it will be very exciting to see where Shi takes her first feature.

The Turning Red Trailer Is A Love Letter to Canada

turning red trailer Image via Pixar

Secondly, Turning Red is the first full-length animated film to be set in Canada (Toronto to be exact). Shi is Chinese-Canadian and calls Toronto home, so it makes sense that she’d want to represent her city. Bao also took place in Toronto and Shi said in an interview, “I don’t see Toronto really depicted a lot in movies and if I do, it’s always disguised as another city, and I just wanted to pay homage to my hometown.” On a similar note, Greg Mason, VP of marketing for Walt Disney Studios Canada said:

“We are beyond thrilled that director Domee Shi chose her hometown of Toronto as the backdrop for her new feature film. With Ottawa native Sandra Oh lending her voice and a group of very talented Canadian artists on the filmmaking team, Turning Red truly is a love letter to Toronto and Canada. There are a couple of great Canadian easter eggs in this trailer and we can’t wait for Canadian audiences to see more when the film hits theatres next year.”

Turning Red will be directed by Domee Shi and stars newcomer Rosalie Chiang as Mei Lee and Sandra Oh as Ming, Mei Lee’s overprotective mother. Pixar fans are excited to have another movie to look forward to in theaters (Soul, Raya and the Last Dragon, and Luca were all released on Disney+), and we can’t wait to see a cute red panda on the big screen!

Watch the adorably embarrassing trailer below:

Turning Red will premiere in theaters March 11, 2022. 

What did you think of the Turning Red trailer? Let us know in the comments below!

Featured image via Pixar

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Keilin Huang is a freelance writer that likes the Oxford comma, reading from her neverending pile of books from the library, and Reeses peanut butter cups. She thanks her Dad for introducing her to his Superman comics and probably majored in Journalism because of Lois Lane. Contact her at [email protected]

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