Early Reactions Are Pouring In For 'Bao' Director Domee Shi's Film, 'Turning Red'

Domee Shi won an Oscar for directing the short film, 'Bao'.

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Turning Red is the latest offering from Disney and Pixar, and follows the story of Mei Lee, a 13-year-old who turns into a giant red panda whenever her emotions get the best of her. The animated film comes from writer-director Domee Shi, who won an Oscar for Pixar's 2018 animated short, Bao. This is Shi's first full-length animated film and the moviemaker had reportedly always planned on bringing the same level of "weirdness" to her recent movie. "I definitely want to keep putting in all the elements that I love from Bao into a feature," Shi told IndieWire in 2018. "That weirdness, that fun energy, the surprises. But it's still early."


The movie follows Lee (voice of Rosalie Chiang), who has been very close to her "protective, if not slightly overbearing" mom, Ming (voice of Sandra Oh). Now, as she enters adolescence, she's trying to find herself and goes on a path of becoming her own person. One quirky thing about the film is that whenever she's excited or angry, she "poofs" into a giant red panda!


Early reactions are pouring in for the film. CinemaBlend's Sean O'Connell acknowledges that he is not the target audience for the movie, tweeting: I am not the target audience for TURNING RED. Like, at all. So it might work very well for you. It’s sort of “coming of age” but also about sexual awakening, puberty, TEEN WOLF type family curses, boy bands… it’s all over the place. More exhausting than entertaining. Jazz Tangcay from Variety called Turning Red "pure joy and absolute fun," writing: #TurningRed is pure joy and absolute fun. Thoroughly enjoyable. A wonderful story about puberty and parenting from Domee Shi with a catchy soundtrack to boot. Rosalie Chiang is going to be a star. 

Turning Red launches on Disney+ on March 11, 2022.

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