As Andrew Tejada wrote in a great article for Tor last year, there has been a problematic trend of recent animated films focused on colored characters featuring stories where the protagonist spends much of the time. runtime transformed into a fantastic animal or entity. Pixar’s upcoming animated film, “Turning Red,” also revolves around a main character, Meilin “Mei” Lee, a 13-year-old Chinese-Canadian girl, who transforms into a giant red panda when she is. stressed. Fortunately, there is reason to believe that “Turning Red” will reverse this frustrating trend by using her vanity much more sparingly and allowing Mei to be herself more often.
Why do we think so? Because “Turning Red” was co-written and directed by Domee Shi, the Pixar veteran behind 2018’s “Bao”, the studio’s terrific Oscar-winning short film about a lonely Chinese-Canadian mother making a bun. the vapor (baozi) which magically comes to life. Shi not only managed to tell a funny and touching story about the experiences of Asian immigrants and their children with “Bao”, she did it all in minutes. And so far, the trailers for “Turning Red” suggest that it will tackle related issues in a quirky, touching way and, fingers crossed, puts the non-panda Mei in the limelight.
“Turning Red” hits theaters on March 11, 2022.