“Turning Red” is Disney Pixar’s first film directed exclusively by a woman and the first to be set in Canada.
By Alexa Alatriste
This March 8, International Women’s Day, Disney and Pixar’s animated film “Turning Red” will premiere at TIFF Bell Lightbox.
The film is directed by Chinese-Canadian-born Domee Shi, and winner of the 2020 Academy Award for Best Animated Short.
Its management team is entirely female. And its protagonist, 13-year-old Meilin Lee (voiced by Rosalie Chiang), is an eighth-grade Chinese-Canadian going through puberty.
According to the director, it is a semi-autobiographical film. It tells the story of Meilin Lee, a 13-year-old girl who struggles against her overprotective mother to lead a normal life, and whenever she gets too stressed or excited, she turns into a red panda.
It is located in the city of Toronto, specifically in the Greater Toronto Area, where Shi grew up.
The film features many recognizable landmarks, from the SkyDome and the CN Tower to the TTC streetcars running through Chinatown, reproduced in detail by Shi and production designer Rona Liu from photographs of the city.
Do not miss! To be found from March 11 on the platform of Disney+.
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