Pixar drops trailer for ‘Bao’ director Domee Shi’s ‘Turning Red’

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Pixar has dropped a teaser trailer for Domee Shi’s “Turning Red,” the director’s first-ever feature film.

What you need to know: Set for release on March 11, 2022, “Turning Red” is also Pixar’s first feature film directed by a woman of color, according to The Wrap.

  • Shi, who is Chinese Canadian, rose to prominence after “Bao” won the Academy Award for best animated short film in 2019.
  • “Turning Red” follows 13-year-old Mei Lee (played by Rosalie Chiang), who transforms into a giant red panda whenever she gets too excited.
  • It’s yet to be seen whether the film would follow Pixar’s last feature, “Luca,” and launch directly on Disney Plus, CNET noted.

Inspired by her own upbringing: Like “Bao,” the upcoming film was inspired by Shi’s relationship with her mother, according to The San Francisco Chronicle’s Datebook.

  • “I’m an only child with Chinese parents, so I was very protected,” the director told The Chronicle in 2018.
  • Mei Lee’s transformation is seen in the newly-released trailer as her overprotective mother, Ming (played by Sandra Oh), breaks into the school grounds during her math class and becomes a source for embarrassment.
  • The trailer is accompanied by Backstreet Boys’ 1999 hit “Larger Than Life.”

Featured Image via Pixar

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