• Jack Aling

Turning Red - Review

You're Never Not on My Mind. 3.5 / 5



Directed by Domee Shi.

Thirteen-year-old Mei is experiencing the awkwardness of being a teenager with a twist – when she gets too excited, she transforms into a giant red panda.


Pixar's latest yet again gets unceremoniously dropped on Disney+ missing the big screen experience that some of the finest animations in the industry truly deserve.

Turning Red took me by surprise as a touching and energetic coming of age story that tackles personal drama that Pixar never shy's away from but not without their visual spin on it, which this time takes the form of a huge red panda.

The animation as expected continues to be some of the best in the game, from the fur of the pandas, the mouth-watering detail of the food, and the character's overexaggerated emotional states, it doesn't take a lot to get completely lost in this world.

This larger than life story creates one of the most adorable visual metaphors ever put to screen in a wholesome film that encapsulates the highs and lows of teenage life, the early stages of puberty, and personal freedom through a modern style that would make The Mitchells vs. the Machines blush.

Come for the cute red panda, stay for the catchy early noughties boyband tunes.


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