Growing up is fraught with all manner of difficulties. But transforming into a red panda? That's a new one on us. So goes the wacky premise of Disney-Pixar's forthcoming movie Turning Red, in which a young girl's adolescent struggles are mirrored by her transformation into a completely different species.
Mei Lee (voice of Rosalie Chiang), a confident 13-year-old, finds herself torn between teenage responsibilities and devotion to her mother, Ming (Sandra Oh). The onset of her panda self just promises to complicate things all the more. Here's the new poster showing how Mei Lee really does have to grin and bear the classroom shame.
Turning Red is the feature film debut from Domee Shi. The Chinese-born Canadian-raised filmmaker caught our attention with the delightful Disney-Pixar short film Bao, which was attached to 2018's Incredibles 2 and went on to win the Oscar for Best Animated Short.
For Turning Red, Shi has enlisted the help of music superstars Billie and Finneas Eilish who recently contributed the theme song to Bond movie No Time To Die. The creatives have written four songs for the movie's fictional boy band 4*Town, with whom Mei is captivated.
“We needed our character Mei to be obsessed with something that her mom would not approve of,” said Shi. “Boy bands were the first step into the world of boys for a lot of girls that age. The guys were all super pretty, polished, soft and loving, and they had of way of bringing girls and their besties together. Plus, I thought it’d be really cool to create an animated boy band.”
“When we first started talking about Billie Eilish and Finneas—back before they’d won a billion Grammys—we could see then how they had their finger on the pulse,” said producer Lindsey Collins. “We were big fans. We met with them and pitched this crazy idea of a boy band, asking if they’d be interested in writing and producing the songs. They were!”
Scroll down and check out the new trailer to hear the first song from the Turning Red soundtrack, called 'Nobody Like U'. The movie is released in the UK on 11th March 2022.