A teenage girl’s daring adventure will warm your heart

A teenage girl's daring adventure will warm your heart

STORY: “Turning Red” follows the journey of Mei Lee (voice-over Rosalie Chiang), a confident yet eccentric 13-year-old girl torn between being her mother’s obedient daughter and coping with the chaos of adolescence. As if that weren’t enough, she transforms into a huge red panda one fateful night, turning her life upside down.

REVIEW: After watching movies like Kung Fu Panda where the main protagonist fights oddballs after becoming a martial arts expert, now we have to add the red panda to the list. Based in Toronto, this red panda stands out (not because of its color) when it emerges from Mei Lee, an officially adult 13-year-old teenager who is overly enthusiastic, surprisingly ambitious, and unafraid to be her. -same. She is a devoted daughter who helps her mother, Ming, after school at one of Toronto’s oldest temples. The life of the young girl revolves mainly around her parents and her best friends: Miriam, Priya and Abby. One fateful night, Mei Lee undergoes an unusual transformation and her world is turned upside down when she unwittingly transforms into a gigantic red panda. Mei learns that her family has a mysterious connection to red pandas, and she transforms into this massive creature whenever she gets excited (which is pretty much always) or experiences extreme emotions. Will she be able to adapt to her new personality? Will his friends and family accept him in his current state?

Disney-Pixar has repeatedly raised the bar for animated films by telling stories that would appeal to children and adults alike. And ‘Turning Red’ is one such anime that is a vibrant, colorful and fun adventure about friendship and childhood innocence. Speaking of visuals and 3D, it’s a complete visual treat that touches your heart with its simple yet beautifully told slice-of-life story.

Domee Shi’s feature debut, “Turning Red,” follows her directorial debut with the 2018 short “Bao.” The animation is delightful without being overdone, and the co-writers (Shi, Julia Cho and Sarah Streicher) send a loud and clear message: we all have our inner animals, and we need to learn how to manage them and our emotions in order to to harness their power for our own benefit. Moreover, he openly discusses subjects like a girl’s first period, without hesitating or presenting it as a taboo subject. Instead, the way the story progresses will undoubtedly strike a chord with everyone. Following Mei’s journey will allow you to understand her emotions and her desire for freedom while being watched over by her controlling but loving mother.

Rosalie Chiang is the voice behind lead character Mei Lee, who is strong-willed and enthusiastic. She and her friends, like all the other teenage girls, are obsessed with the group “4 Town” – which is more or less inspired by the Backstreet Boys and other popular hot boy bands of the time – and they share CDs. and collect photos and magazines of band members, which will resonate with young people. Sandra Oh (known for her role as Eve Polastri from Killing Eve) voices Mei Lee’s overprotective mother, Ming, who watches her daughter closely around the clock. Overall, Rosalie and Sandra’s voice acting is strong and punchy.

Writer-director Domee Shi also gave ample space to supporting characters. Ava Morse voices Miriam, Mei’s best friend. Maitreyi Ramakrishnan (known as Devi Vishwakumar from “Never Have I Ever”) voices a straight-faced character, Priya and Hyein Park voice her overly excited girlfriend Abby. More importantly, girls adore each other through thick and thin.

Similar to other Disney and Pixar movies, “Turning Red” is infused with plenty of humor, colorful visuals, and takes its characters on a grand adventure while entertaining and emotionally engaging audiences of all ages. This coming-of-age tale will undoubtedly touch your heart and leave you feeling warm inside. Enjoy!