While checking out the #GoldOpen for Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Five Rings, another feature on the #GoldOpen list caught my eye. My niece’s husband works for Pixar and when I asked him about what he was working on, he mentioned this film. It really didn’t sink in until I went and saw the trailer. Turning Red is about Mei Lee (voiced by Rosalie Chiang), a Chinese Canadian middle school girl who turns into a giant Red Panda when she gets excited. Her out-of-control mother is voiced by Sandra Oh. Turning Red is written and directed by Domee Shi, who did the Oscar winning short Bao. Domee Shi grew up in Canada, Sandra Oh was born there, and some point out that the film looks like a love letter to Toronto.
Turning Red is scheduled to be released in theatres on March 11, 2022.