Turning Red (2022) Review

Directed by: Domee Shi

Starring: Rosalie Chiang, Sandra Oh, Ava Morse, Hyein Park, Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, Orion Lee, Wai Ching Ho, Tristan Allerick Chen, and James Hong

Synopsis: In Disney and Pixar’s Turning Red, confident, dorky 13-year-old Mei must balance being a dutiful daughter with the chaos of adolescence. Her slightly overbearing mom is never far from her daughter. And, as if changes to Mei’s interests, relationships and body aren’t enough, whenever she gets too excited, she “poofs” into a giant red panda!

Review: Turning Red is revolves around young Mei who discovers she turns into a red panda.

Turning Red was made with heart, it hits the right chords on emotional levels and humour that will have children captivated along with having these throughout that they can also relate with. Pixar always seem to score high when it comes to characters and making them likeable and relatable. Each character has their own identity and helps the movie hit the entertaining highs that it does.

The animations were great and smooth, featuring many eye-catching colours which were bright and fun and Toronto looked great.

Some parents may find this a little ‘woke’ but Pixar is keeping up and in line with things that are now being taught in the school curriculum. For the growing generation that may have the likes of autism or are in that spectrum, they might find this movie easier to relate to as the lead character Mei has traits of autism but is neither confirmed or denied.

Overall, while children will enjoy the movie [mine did], some parents may not, as it delves into the hormonal changes that Mei goes through and her confrontation and constant butting heads with her mum. It’s a Pixar movie so rest assured it all ends well.