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Entertainment review YouTuber criticizes ‘Turning Red’ for not recognizing 9/11’s cultural impact

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  • YouTuber TheMysteriousMrEnter, also known as Mr. Enter, became the subject of online jokes and memes for his April 14 video review of Pixar's “Turning Red,” in which he criticizes the animated film for not recognizing the cultural impact of the 9/11 attacks.
  • Twitter user @CocoaFox023 shared a clip of the review to Twitter the day after the YouTube video was posted. The clip has garnered over 8.4 million views on the microblogging platform.
  • “This film takes place less than a year after the September 11 terrorist attacks. I bring this up because it radically altered the culture of the time in ways that make this movie feel exceptionally ignorant of the time,” Mr. Enter said in his video review.
  • His remarks prompted Twitter users to generate a wave of memes.

A YouTuber became the subject of online jokes and memes due to his review of Pixar’s “Turning Red,” in which he criticizes the animated film for not recognizing the cultural impact of the 9/11 attacks.

YouTuber TheMysteriousMrEnter, also known as Mr. Enter, uploaded his review titled “Turning Red is a mixed bag” on April 14. The video has over 77,000 views at the time of this writing.

Pixar promotes ‘Turning Red’ director Domee Shi, producer Lindsey Collins to leadership roles

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  • “Turning Red” director Domee Shi and producer Lindsey Collins have been promoted at Pixar Animation Studios.
  • Shi is now the vice president of Creative while Collins has assumed the position of senior vice president of Development.
  • At Pixar, Shi worked as an intern before becoming a story artist for “Inside Out.” The Chinese Canadian filmmaker eventually worked on other big projects, such as “The Good Dinosaur,” “Incredibles 2” and “Toy Story 4” before gaining international fame for the short film “Bao” and the feature film “Turning Red.”
  • Collins previously worked on “Wall-E,” “Finding Dory” and “A Bug’s Life.” She also helped lead Pixar’s SparksShorts program.
  • “Pixar has always been a place that seeks to delight and surprise audiences and I am thrilled to be able to expand on that legacy and help shape what comes next, surrounded by some of the most diverse, unique and inspiring filmmakers and voices working today,” Collins said in a statement.

Turning Red” director Domee Shi and producer Lindsey Collins have been promoted at Pixar Animation Studios following the success of the studio’s latest feature film. 

Pixar announced on Tuesday that Shi is now the vice president of Creative. Collins, who has worked for the company for 25 years, has assumed the position of senior vice president of Development.

‘Turning Red’ criticized by some parents for embracing female puberty and menstruation

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  • Pixar’s “Turning Red” has drawn negative criticism from parents who are uncomfortable with exposing children to what they deem “adult topics” for scenes in which the characters discuss female puberty and menstruation.
  • Chinese Canadian director Domee Shi and Chinese American production designer Rona Liu, on the other hand, say they set out to depict an honest story that aims to help young women feel heard and seen.
  • The PG-rated film has also garnered praise for destigmatizing and normalizing menstruation.

Pixar’s latest animated feature “Turning Red” has drawn negative criticism from parents for including scenes in which characters discuss female puberty and menstruation.

Directed by Chinese Canadian filmmaker Domee Shi, the film follows the story of Meilin “Mei” Lee, a 13-year-old Chinese Canadian girl from Toronto who discovers that she has inherited the ability to transform into a giant red panda when emotionally provoked. The PG-rated coming-of-age story is an allegory for puberty that many have also praised for normalizing the taboo topic of menstruation.

New York pastor warns parents that Pixar’s ‘Turning Red’ is ‘demonic’ in film review

Founder and lead pastor of V1 Church in New York City Mike Signorelli warned parents of “demonic” content in Disney Pixar’s “Turning Red” in his “Christian review” posted online.

Signorelli’s review of Disney Pixar’s latest animated film, which was uploaded to his YouTube channel and has since been taken down, used his theological perspective to assess the coming-of-age story of a teen who discovers her ability to transform into a giant red panda in the midst of puberty.  

Sandra Oh reveals how her tiger mom told her she would love her more if she ‘were neater’

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  • Sandra Oh revealed a relatable tiger mom experience at a press conference for Disney Pixar’s “Turning Red.”
  • Oh recounted that her mother had told her, “I wish you were neater. Then I would love you more.”
  • The Canadian American actress says it was “an unbelievable quote” and that she “had to write it down on Post-it,” which she uploaded a photo of to her Instagram in May 2021.
  • Oh also mentioned that she has a strong relationship with her mother.
  • The coming-of-age Disney Pixar film stars Oh as the voice of 13-year-old Meilin Lee’s mother Ming Lee.

At a press conference for Disney Pixar’s new film “Turning Red,” actress Sandra Oh revealed that her mother had once told her that she would love her more if she “were neater.”

Oh explained that, at the time, what her mother had said was so “unbelievable” that she “had to write it down on a Post-it.” The Canadian American actress posted a photo of the note to her Instagram in May 2021.

‘Turning Red’: 19 surprising Easter eggs you might have missed while watching Pixar’s new movie

Pixar’s latest animated feature “Turning Red” features several Easter eggs while also paying homage to Toronto, where Chinese Canadian filmmaker Domee Shi grew up.

“Turning Red” follows the story of Meilin “Mei” Lee, a 13-year-old Chinese Canadian girl from Toronto who turns into a giant red panda whenever she gets too excited or stressed.

‘Representation matters’: Viewers spot small details in ‘Turning Red’ trailers that make a big difference

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  • A Reddit user shared a screenshot from the official trailer of Disney Pixar’s “Turning Red” to point out a light blue patch on a student’s left arm.
  • Reddit users believe that the animated student is wearing a Dexcom, a glucose monitoring device used by people with diabetes, and marveled at the minor detail adding to the film’s diverse representation of characters.
  • In the Pixar film’s teaser trailer, which was released last year, another animated female student with dark brown hair in one of Mei’s classes was also previously spotted with a diabetic device attached to her right arm and a purple insulin pump on her waistband.
  • Pixar's first Asian-led animated film “Turning Red” premieres today on Disney Plus.

Disney Pixar’s latest animated film “Turning Red” includes a small detail that viewers are marveling at: a little blue patch on a student’s arm. 

Reddit user @Scorch8482 shared a screenshot from the film’s trailer, wherein a blond female student wearing a light blue patch on her left arm is shocked to find Mei in her panda form in the bathroom. 

‘It just felt good to be seen’: ‘Turning Red’ boy band 4*Town on Asian representation in Pixar’s new movie

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  • The “Turning Red” voice actors behind Disney Pixar’s first-ever boy band 4*Town spoke with NextShark about the animated film’s Asian representation and universal themes.
  • “To see this type of representation on screen that I haven’t seen that much growing up… it really made me feel seen and heard,” Vietnamese American singer Topher Ngo (who voices Aaron T. in the movie) said.
  • When asked about the takeaway message of the film, Josh Levi (voice actor of Aaron Z.) replied, “[Be] kinder to everyone and also kinder to yourself as you're navigating. I don’t know if that expires, trying to navigate and figure that out as you grow up even through middle school, as an adult, in your career, in your future and your family, so yeah, just grace with yourself, too.”
  • The voice cast behind 4*Town also features Jordan Fisher (Robaire), Billie Eilish’s brother Finneas O’Connell (Jesse), who also helped write the band’s three songs, and Filipino American actor and singer Grayson Villanueva (Tae Young).

Disney Pixar’s first-ever boy band 4*Town spoke with NextShark about Asian representation and the universal themes they took away from Domee Shi’s “Turning Red.”

Pixar’s latest animated feature, which follows the story of a Chinese Canadian teen who hits a particularly awkward stage of puberty when she turns into a giant red panda, hits close to home for the fictional boy band’s voice actors.

Review of ‘Turning Red’ that criticized the movie’s characters as unrelatable prompts backlash, apologies

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  • CinemaBlend’s Managing Director Sean O’Connell was heavily criticized online for his review of Disney Pixar’s “Turning Red,” which he deemed an “exhausting” film not “made for a universal audience.”
  • His review circulated on Twitter, leading many users to accuse him of dismissing the movie because it featured Asian protagonists, whom he criticized as unrelatable.
  • “This is what happens when white males are presented as the default. Audiences have empathized with white male protagonists forever but you get one Asian girl in animation and these people question their existence,” POC Culture tweeted in response.
  • The online backlash prompted a Twitter apology from both O'Connell and CinemaBlend’s Editor-in-Chief Mack Rawden.

A review of Disney Pixar’s “Turning Red” published by CinemaBlend was taken down after it was heavily criticized online.

CinemaBlend Managing Director Sean O’Connell deemed Pixar’s latest animated feature “exhausting” and not “made for a universal audience.” His review, in which he gave the film two-and-a-half stars, has since been unpublished from the publication’s website, although it can be found archived online.  

‘We can all learn something from them’: Pixar execs praise all-female ‘Turning Red’ creative leadership team

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  • Chinese Canadian filmmaker Domee Shi, who helmed the 2018 Oscar-winning animated short film “Bao,” assembled an all-female creative leadership team for her feature film directorial debut “Turning Red.”
  • Shi co-wrote the screenplay of the feature film with playwright Julia Cho.
  • “Turning Red” follows the story of a Chinese Canadian teenager who transforms into a giant red panda whenever she gets excited.
  • According to Pixar President Jim Morris, the film took four years to complete, which makes it “one of the fastest films” Pixar has ever made.
  • “Turning Red” is set for a March 11 release on Disney Plus.

Pixar has lauded the all-female creative leadership team behind its latest animated film “Turning Red” for creating “one of [its] fastest films ever.” 

“Turning Red,” which follows the story of a Chinese Canadian teenager who transforms into a giant red panda, is the feature film directorial debut of Chinese Canadian filmmaker Domee Shi, who helmed the 2018 Oscar-winning animated short film “Bao.”

Koreans take issue with scene from Pixar’s ‘Turning Red’ that allegedly depicts hanbok as Chinese hanfu

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  • Pixar’s upcoming film “Turning Red” has caused a stir amongst Koreans who are criticizing the movie’s alleged portrayal of hanboks as traditionally Chinese.
  • In a teaser scene meant to illustrate Chinese folklore and culture, a scroll painting of two children being held by a red panda is shown. Korean internet users have pointed out that the childrens’ attire closely resembles a hanbok, a traditional Korean dress, rather than a hanfu, a traditional Chinese dress.
  • Online communities in Korea posted illustrations of traditional Chinese attire to draw comparisons with the film’s depiction of a hanfu.
  • These claims have surfaced amid ongoing controversies, including with Vogue and at the Olympic opening ceremonies, surrounding the differences between Chinese and Korean traditional attire and the origins of the hanbok.

Korean online communities are claiming that Pixar’s upcoming film “Turning Red” depicts a Korean hanbok as traditional Chinese clothing after a teaser trailer showed two children wearing attire that allegedly resembles a hanbok rather than a hanfu.

In the film, a 13-year-old Chinese Canadian student, Meilin “Mei” Lee, learns about her Chinese ancestry after developing the ability to transform into a giant red panda. The teaser trailer shows a scene in which Mei looks at a scroll showing a red panda with children to illustrate the historical connection between the red panda folklore and her Chinese heritage.